I don’t feel any obligation to make New Year’s resolutions, but it is a good time to just kind of take a good look at the way things are going and think about anything you might want to get done that isn’t already getting done. So sometimes I make a resolution, and I usually keep it (unless it involves exercise/weight loss, which is a pie crust promise, easily made, easily broken), but sometimes I don’t.
This year I don’t so much have a specific resolution as a general plan to get my writing goals in order, and make stuff happen. That means figuring out what I want to do, and then doing it. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? SIGH.
So in addition to my regular writing gigs, and the website design business which is still chugging along, and DEAR LORD, my vow to paint this house and hang up some artwork if it KILLS ME (which it might), I would also like to:
- take some writing classes
- enter some writing contests
- finish a large creative writing project I have been working on
- gather my blog posts and columns from the past two years into a Blurb book (a softball goal, as I’m 90% done this already)
It seems kind of silly to me to actually write this stuff down, and I can’t explain why I actually feel kind of embarrassed to have writerly goals or to hold myself out as a “writer,” like, you can’t be a real writer unless someone else says you are. But I think if I don’t actually put it down in this blog I just won’t do it, so I’m creating my own accountability here.
Also, I’ve seen people do this – pick a “word of the year” and it never spoke to me before, but this year I do have a word to live by, and it’s this:
Make it so.