I almost didn’t post this, given that it’s already January 2, and I’m only now typing up my New Year’s resolutions. Hardly an auspicious start to 2012, right? However, since (a) none of my resolutions pertain to procrastination, and (b) I tend to tilt more toward skepticism than superstition, I figured what the hey. Let’s just plaster these puppies onto the blog where they’re nice and public and harder to ignore.
Many of these are a remix of goals I’ve set in the past, but streamlined for a cleaner, clearer more do-able 2012. A couple of them are new, inspired by Joseph Konrath’s blog post on Resolutions for Writers 2012. (e.g. The goal to support my fellow writers — it’s not that I haven’t done this in the past, but I’ve never considered making it a resolution. I think it’s an important one, though, so I’ve added it to my list.)The commitments for 2012:
- I will write every day. Except when I don’t, and then I’ll write twice as much the next day. [I realized almost immediately the flaw in this plan. To calculate the writing goal for the next day will, I’d need to use the following formula: 2 x y, where y = something that may potentially have existed if some lazy bugger had bothered to do it but didn’t. Since this calculation seemed to require a degree in higher mathematics or possibly metaphysics, and since my time is already limited without adding “get maths degree” to the list of to-dos, I came up with a clever fix for resolution #2.
- I will participate in the #WIP500 challenge and write a minimum of 500 words every day. These 500 words will not be blog entries, tweets, navel-gazery journal entries or letters to the editor. They will be words
- I will finish two of the novels I’ve started, at least to solid first draft stage.
- I will finish every short story that I start. Even the ones that want to peter out after two sentences. Even the ones that start out all shiny and sharp and then crash and burn into a puddle of porridge. Even the ones that threaten to bore the pants off me and make me wish I’d discovered a passion for jousting instead of writing.
- I will start submitting stories for publication. You know. Like a real writer.
- I will give writing pride of place in my list of priorities. Obviously the working for a living thing does have to come first, and occasionally I’m going to need to wave a duster about the place and wash a dish or two, but in the vast pantheon of non-bread-winning activities, writing will stop taking a back seat.
- I will encourage and support other writers. This doesn’t mean I will go into (even greater) credit card debt Hoovering up all the ebooks promoted on my Twitter feed, but I will do my small part to support the writers I’ve connected with via Twitter, whether this be by buying the occasional ebook, retweeting (without spamming), sharing resources and inspiration, and cheering my felolw writers on.
- I will update my blog regularly, by which I mean “more often than never.” Okay, fine, I know that’s way too vague and entirely unmeasurable outside of Hogwarts. Let’s see then. I can do once a week. I know I can manage that. It just sounds so…inadequate. Could I commit to three times a week? Maybe. Possibly. Not entirely implausible. How about this then: I will update my blog a minimum of once a week, and possibly (but don’t hold your breath) as often as three times a week. Yes, I think I can live with that.
So there we go. My 2012 is looking delightfully productive. How about yours?