Monday, December 27, 2010

What does 2011 look like for you?

I heard or read somewhere that making New Years resolutions, while good in spirit, usually leads to depression when said resolutions fall flat. Yet every year, I’m moved to make the next year a better one, and therefore pledge to make improvements on some aspect of daily living.

My pledge this year is to complete two of my WIPs. Seems attainable now; after all, I have a head start and a whole year ahead. Right now, I’m fairly optimistic.

It also helps with this sort of resolution to have a plan in effect, rather than just hope and wait it comes to fruition. I have a plan by which I intend to tackle my WIPs and get them into some workable mode to send to pubs. I also have a plan to lose weight, but that’s for another blog. Point being, the main reason resolutions fail is the unrealistic expectations set and the lack of preparation. Saying you want something or you will do something is just the first step. Make sure all your bases are covered.

What about you? Authors, aspiring authors…do you have resolutions? A goal? A race to a personal deadline? And do you have a way to get there?

4 comments:

Sabrina Shields said...

My goal this year is to finish my current WIP (my very first book attempt) and to edit, polish and submit it.

I'm working on the plan to do that this week so it will be in place before the new year. Leaving my writing up to chance didn't get me very far this year, so I HAVE to set small goals and set aside a strict time to write everyday. Now, I just need to figure that out. :)

Happy Holidays and here's to a great new year of writing!

Rosalie Stanton said...

That sounds fantastic, Sabrina! You'll have to keep us posted on your progress!

Tara Lain said...

I seldom make personal resolutions, but i find i want to make literary resolutions. Edit my NaNo book in Jan and submit in Feb. Finish current WIP by end of Jan and submit by March. Write 3-4 more books this year. Promote all of them! Yikes. Can i do it and work to? Help me stay on track, Rosalie. : )

Rosalie Stanton said...

You're being even more ambitious than I. LOL. Maybe in November 2011 I'll actually participate in NaNo. That'd be fun.

I tell you what. I'll help you out if you help me out.

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