Welcome to 2018! I am joining 42% of Americans this year in creating some New Year resolutions for myself as a writer. While I also have personal goals I would also like to achieve (hey Zumba DVD- I didn’t forget you!), I want to focus on developing as a writer and make some of those goals priorities in the coming year.
1. Write every day.
Yep, every day. Even 100 words. I’ve found that if I drop something, even for a few days, it is so much harder to jump back in. I want to make sure I commit even a quick edit into my writing each day to keep it alive and keep myself inspired.
2. Read more.
As a kid, I was a voracious reader. And as time and life continued, my reading dwindled until one year I realized I hadn’t even read five books in a year. Five! I used to read five books easily in a week. Books were my escape and I was at the library at least once a week feeding my addiction. I also used to read every single genre from science fiction to biographies to historical nonfiction. Nothing was off-limits and I want to get back to that excited fervor of discovering a new book and also make sure I am focusing on reading across genres, and not just get stuck in the romance genre.
3. Meet more writers.
Writing can be a really solitary and lonely process. It’s hard to explain to people and is also literally an activity that you do by yourself. My goal is to meet other writers for support and to talk about the craft and the process and build my community.
4. Create a better sense of balance.
I am a passionate and extremely driven person. If I want something, I launch toward it at 1,000%. I can get pretty single-minded and focused so I would like to try to calm down a bit more and remember that there are other things in life. While writing does require sacrifice, I want to also make sure I spend time with those I love, take care of my body through exercise and forgo a Redbull or two in lieu of a decent night’s sleep.
5. Learn more.
Learn everything. When you become a writer and make the decision to be self-published, everything falls on you. Marketing, editing, cover design… everything. And because I grew up with an entrepreneur as a father, I like to think I have some of that already in my blood. I like doing everything on my own and learning all I can. I inhale podcasts and am subscribed to dozens of newsletters and blogs. My goal is to continue learning everything I can to help make me the most successful writer and authorpreneur I can be.
Do any of you also have New Year resolutions for your writing?