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Is anyone else weirded out by the fact that there are no balloon strings?
I'm a goal setter. I have lots and lots of lists with goals on them that have nothing whatsoever to do with January first. A lot of years I don't even make resolutions, because I already have plenty of goals laid out.
This year, though, I feel oddly motivated. Maybe it's because I read so many of all your blogs that had New Year's Resolutions listed. And you're all driving by, cheering and laughing and eating tasty appetizers on that bandwagon, so I decided to jump on, too.
Without further ado, here they are!
1. Write five books this year.
2. Edit six books this year.
3. Read 365 books this year; 50 of them on writing.
4. Read 40 blogs on writing a day.
Awesome goals, right?
Hahahaha! I almost killed myself just writing those goals down! SO not remotely going to happen. But because it's funny, a comic just for writers:
Okay, okay, we'll get down to the real resolutions / goals.
1. Write Every Day. I've never been a write-every-day kind of girl. I write better in chunks, so I tend to work through all the responsibilities I have, clear my plate, then write in a chunk. I KNOW, however, that when I write daily, my story flows better. I'm more efficient when I do write. And that's a pretty valuable thing. I have a calendar taped to my desk where I can mark every day I write. A very visual representation. Now I'm not saying this is a year-long goal. I am currently 10,000 words into the sequel to TTBB. At some point, edits will need to take over my world, and writing every day may no longer be possible. But whenever I'm drafting, it's my goal to work on it EVERY DAY. There. Now that that's set in stone and there is NO CHANGING IT, we can move on to number two.
2. Make a Freakishly Fabulous Presentation to Present at Writers' Conferences. Subject matter to be decided. And soon, hopefully. Hmm.... Maybe I should have made Figuring Out Subject Matter one of my resolutions.... There's just so many options! What should I choose? (That wasn't a rhetorical question. ;) If you feel so inclined to give a suggestion, I'll feel so inclined to love you forever.)
3. Make THROUGH THE BOMB'S BREATH Beyond Awesome. I get my first editorial letter this month. [Insert giddy laughter.] My first round of edits are due in April, and copy edits are due in August. During that time, I WILL MAKE IT ROCK. Whew! Glad that's set in stone now, too, because that means it will happen, right?
So what about you? Are you a resolution-maker, or do you purposely make goals that don't start on January first? (You rebel, you.)(Plus, remember? There's tasty appetizers on that bandwagon.)