New Year’s resolutions for writers…

Most people make them and most don’t keep them – perhaps because they’re generally unrealistic and unattainable or if we really look into our hearts, we find we don’t really, truly want what we thought we did when we woke up on January 1st to find another year has whizzed by.

If you’re a writer, though, here’s some resolutions you absolutely should keep come hell or high water! (Thanks to Clare for dusting it off, updating it and caring enough to post it to the loop again for us all to take note.)

New Year’s Resolutions for 2008

-In 2008… I will write every day. Whether it’s an e-mail or a short story, I will write carefully and well, and I will take my writing seriously.

-In 2008… I will accept that which I cannot change. I will accept the rejection that comes with the submission process. I will graciously accept other writers’ successes without whining about my own frustrations. And I will accept where I am in my writing career.

-In 2008… I will always have a certain number of submissions circulating while I work on still more pieces.

-In 2008… I will master the query letter, the synopsis, and the book proposal. Period.

-In 2008… I will set manageable and attainable goals-and stick to them. I will break down daunting tasks into realistic goals and enjoy the satisfaction of checking them off my list.

-In 2008… I will try different types of writing and explore new markets. Experimenting in new genres will make me a more well-rounded writer, and I may discover a new talent!

-In 2008… I will read more. I will pay careful attention to character development, plot, and dialogue, and I will emulate those traits in others’ writing that appeal to me as a reader.

-In 2008… I will finish unfinished projects and revise old work. In the process, I may find a gem of a piece that risked languishing forever unread.

-In 2008… I will attend a writers’ conference and make new contacts. I will find a conference that showcases one of my favorite authors, and I will make the most of the experience.

-In 2008… I will get organized. I will create a workspace that lets my creative juices flow, and I will organize the business side of my craft. If I set myself up as a serious writer, others will treat my writing as a serious endeavor as well.

-In 2008… I will claim my dream of being a writer-and I will not let anyone take my dream from me. I will take criticism into
consideration, but I will not let it define me.

-In 2008… I will extend a helping hand to at least one other writer. It’s not a competition, after all, but a road we’re all
traveling together.

-In 2008… I will treat myself kindly. I will celebrate my successes and view rejections as a learning experience. I will remember that writing is my passion and not necessarily an easy path, and I will treasure the process as I go.

Words of wisdom, indeed.

;-)

M

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