It's that time again - time to dust off last year's resolutions and come up with goals for 2016. Here are thoughts from a few of the Writers in Residence. How about you? What are your goals for the next twelve months? We'd love to hear from you!
My resolution - to be a little better and do a little better - is always the same even if the intent behind it varies throughout the years.
I have two writing goals for 2016: (1) find a publisher for my latest novel, which should be ready to go out into the world by the end of this year, and (2) complete a draft, however clumsy, of my next novel, which currently lives on multiple scraps of paper strewn across on my writing table.
2016 has to be the year I get myself organized! Well, mostly I resolve to organize my time better, so I can focus my time on my writing – instead of on putting out other people’s fires!
I resolve to repeat a resolution I made years ago (and mostly fulfilled), to visit a museum (any kind) or place of interest (Presidential Library, Mission) or learning place (manufacturer, local wilderness park, etc) at least once per month. Because of my recent posts on Writers in Residence "Where Do Writers Get Ideas" and Marilyn's Musings "Field Trips for Writers," I think this is a great way to stir up my thoughts towards new stories, ways of writing, or to simply gather research.
It's easy to come up with pie-in-the-sky resolutions; we are probably all guilty of this. It's likewise easy to trot out the tried-and-trues: weight loss, health and world peace. But we are writers. Let us resolve to meet reachable goals of the writerly kind.
I resolve the following:
To use the semi colon more often and properly
To gently but firmly correct public misspelling wherever I find it
To guide new writers with kindness
To try harder to meet deadlines, realizing that a deadline is a reader's way of wanting more of your work. Really, what can be more flattering than a deadline? And what more gracious response can there be than to meet it?
To honor my fellow writers by buying and reviewing their work
And finally, to finish that half-written manuscript
Well, maybe that last one is unrealistic, but I will give it a try. I have a feeling that this will be our best year ever. Be kind to youselves and others. Good things will always follow.