Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thoughts on the New Year

By Beth Terrell

It's New Year's Eve. Mike and I are staying home, watching back episodes of Fringe, toasting each other with ice wine, and snuggling with each other and the cat and puppies. Doesn't sound exciting? I can't think of a better way to spend an evening, except to add in a little writing, which I plan to do. I'll also take about forty minutes to do my Wii workout (we got a Wii Fit program for Christmas), getting a jump start on my perennial "get-in-shape" resolution. I've been doing well with that one; I've done my Wii workout five out of the last six days! See? A perfect evening. Tomorrow morning, we'll continue our New Year's Day tradition of blueberry muffins and the Rose Bowl Parade. I"d like to see blueberry muffins added to the list of New Year's good luck foods. Way better than black-eyed peas and turnip greens.

Chester's post about his goals for the New Year prompted me to think about my own goals for the coming year. I once read an article that suggested seeking balance in life by making resolutions in a variety of areas--health, business, creativity, and so on. They should be specific and measureable, and there shouldn't be too many, to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. I'm giving it a try for 2010, but since this is a blog about writers and writing, I'll share only those that relate to that.

Writing Craft:
1. Finish the third book in the Jared McKean series by writing new content on five out of seven days.
2. Study one book a week with "writer's eyes."
3. Write one short story a month.

Writing Career:
1. Submit the second Jared book to the agent who has asked to see it. If it's rejected, submit to an agent a week until I get an acceptance.
2. Spend an hour a day, five days a week, on internet marketing strategies.
3. Arrange book signings/craft fairs/libray talks/book club presentation, etc. for three weekends a month.
4. Remember my blog post every week!

How about you? Are you making resolutions this year? Do you have a formal list, or just a vague idea of what you want to change?

Whatever your goals for the New Year, may 2010 be the most blessed and successful yet.

Happy New Year!


Sheila Deeth said...

I think I have something against lists - too organized. But I have resolutions. Submit to more publishers and publications. Edit the novels. Write at least one more novel. Learn more about how to sell my self-published books.

Mark W. Danielson said...

If I don't write any resolutions, then I can't break them. Seems to work pretty well, too. I haven't broken any in years!

Beth Terrell said...

Mark, I've considered that approach, but I'm too much of an optimist. Every year, I think THIS is the year I'll keep all my resolutions:)