It’s the end of the year and that means it is time to make some resolutions for 2012. I do this every year and am sometimes successful, sometimes not. This last year I wasn’t perfect in meeting my goals but I met enough of them that I feel it was successful. I like to keep my list of resolutions year to year so that I can look at the changes I’ve made in my life, see how my goals have changed over time, and in particular review my successes. It’s often too easy to see our failures. We need to take the time to savor our wins.
If you’re interested in resolutions for writers, J A Konrath has an excellent blog and he re-posts the resolution lists he has made since he started the blog.
Here’s my own list for 2012:
I will write every day. Really. And if I’m not writing, I’m editing. If you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo, you’ll be familiar with extreme writing challenges. Consider this my writing year.
I will self publish at least one ebook this year. I will also consider self-publishing a paper book with Createspace or Lulu.
I will continue to earn extra income with freelance writing. I think it’s good to practice writing in different styles and to investigate new subjects for articles. Plus the money doesn’t hurt.
I will start a photo blog. I want to keep up my visual arts skills. I’ll provide a link to it when it is set up.
I will run a half-marathon this year. With all of the writing I’ll be doing, I’ll be spending a lot of time with my butt in a chair. I need to counteract that somehow.
I will watch a lot less television. Who would have the time? I certainly won’t. I still have a day job and a long commute I need to do 5 days a week.
I think this is enough for one year. There’s always a list of smaller things I want to get done, but these are the big goals and the ones I need to focus on. Do you write your own resolutions list? How do you stay focused on them as the year progresses?
Have a wonderful New Year’s weekend and please stay safe.