New Year’s Writing Resolutions?

New Years often means resolutions: this will be the year I lose weight, find true love, make money, quit crack cocaine, etc. For us writers, it usually involves a book.

I’m not so good at this. Mine are three-fold. In no particular order:

-Finish the novel from NaNoWriMo of 2011. It’s been in limbo for 13 months since 50,000 words were created. Bad writer, bad.

-Get my other novels selling as much (or more) as the non-fiction titles. Then I could buy that Kia.

-Do a speaking/teaching seminar where I teach self-publishing methods. I might rent a BMW for curb appeal.

Okay, those are mine but what are your writing goals for 2013? I asked some writing friends and they said this:

-I think mine is to work everyday. From sending a tweet about my book to contacting reviewers to writing five thousand words – it doesn’t matter how big or small, I just want to keep the momentum going.

-I will have my book, Of Unicorns And Pegasuses, made into an ebook for Kindle. Even if I have to pay to have it done. I should’ve done it last year.

-Finish the book that should have been done last month.

-Plan to wrap up The Land of Betrovia trilogy this April and then begin a sci-fi/adventure series for teens!

-I’m at that dreaded 20,000 word mark, where not the ‘block’ but the ‘rot’ sets in. It’s that period where any other writing project seems preferable. So my resolution this year, and I know it sounds like a cop out, or a way to drum up support, but it’s that IF I get into the top twenty on [Authonomy], I’ve resolved to finish Canterbury Warriors within one month. That’s a promise to come up with another 50 – 60,000 words within 30 days. Like I said, it sounds a bit silly, but I operate best like that.

-Finish & then publish my 2nd novel by Sept ’13. Set dates for each milestone leading up to that goal & take those deadlines VERY seriously.

Interesting how some people (like me) have vague descriptions and goals while others are more defined. Hmm, that’s probably a good idea.

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One Response to “New Year’s Writing Resolutions?”

  1. Shelly Thacker (@shellythacker) Says:

    Great goals, Jason! I have 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Indie Authors & just shared them on my blog Here’s to making 2013 our most successful year yet!

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