I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, except in my mind. If they stay there, nobody needs to know if I accomplish them or not. I do make a New Year’s list. It’s shorter, broader, and serves as a reminder, more than an action plan.
So here it is:
1. Try writing humor. Just once. No need to fret if you don’t succeed. Humor is hard because it’s subjective.
2. Try writing something in the first-person point of view. A whole book? Tough enough to do blog posts. This is a maybe.
3. Try plotting a whole book before you sit down to write. Ugh. I’m a “seat of the pants” writer also known as a pantser. I get an idea, an opening, an ending. Then I go.
4. Limit the number of Ghiradelli chocolate squares you eat each week. Perhaps when all the Christmas chocolate is gone I might consider this.
5. Try following through on some of those ideas from all the marketing classes you take on line. Hmph. Maybe I like taking classes more than I like selling books.
6. Before the end of January (or maybe February) clear the junk from the top of your desk so you can see if it’s still made of wood, or if paper is now embedded in the top.
7. (This one from Captain Mark, my long-suffering spouse): Quit making lists and just do it.
If I had done a “list” last year, it might have looked like this: read a few books in a genre you don’t write (sci-fi); gain eight pounds (my favorite); publish two books (should have been more); learn to appreciate what you have, not what you’ve lost (tough, but can be done); stay positive even when it’s hard (that’s where the chocolate comes in).
Do you make resolutions, have goals or lists? Happy New Year.
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