Writer Resolutions – This is Your Year!

Song of the day: Are you Ready? by Creed

Happy New Year!

Here it is, 2011.

And I bet you have made resolutions. You will change your life, for the better, I assume. I doubt most people resolve to max out their credit cards or get 20 to life in the state penitentiary. I say most because I know some people might see risky living as a challenge. I’ve come across a few throughout the years.

But I digress.

It’s a time we clean out the clutter and enjoy quality time with family and friends. We will exercise more, eat less. Spend less, save more. Break a bad habit, or two, or three. Yessiree, that’s the plan. And this time we will stick to our promises. No, really.

Have you made resolutions for the author in you? Your goals for your writing life are important, too, and should be interwoven into your healthy, shiny new lifestyle. The following are some 2011 writer pledges to consider.

  • Create a balance between your demands and responsibilities as a spouse/parent/student/employee with your writer life. Carve out time to be the author that you are.
  • Finish that book. Make this a priority. No more fooling around! Yes – I’m looking at you!
  • Those voices won’t go away until you start that new manuscript.
  • Query an agent/editor. Easier said than done, I know, but a goal worth reaching for.
  • Pull on your big girl, or boy, panties and grow a thick hide. How? Join a critique group.
  • Dip your toes in the World Wide Web. Create a website. Let yourself be known!
  • Network, network, network.  Social media like Facebook, blogs and Yahoo groups make it easier than ever.
  • Buy a new [insert electronic need/want]. Bonus. Write it off on your taxes.
  • Spread your wings, my friend! Try your hand at a different genre.
  • Enter a contest. You can’t win and get in front of that editor/agent if you don’t enter.
  • You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn by judging a contest. Plus you’ll feel warm and fuzzy for helping your peers.
  • Go to a writer’s conference. Just think of all you’ll learn and the new friends you’ll make!
  • And because we never stop learning, take a class.
  • Whether expected by an editor/agent or self-imposed, make those deadlines. No excuses.
  • Clean your writing space. Good grief! Just where is your desk?
  • Pimp your fellow writers and write a book review.
  • Volunteer! The old saying ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ holds a lot of merit.
  • Participate in writing challenges. Try the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival. Yes – I am plugging my fellow Rubies and our up-coming challenge to help you with your writing productivity. You set your own goals to meet your writing style and needs. Check it out. The Winter Writing Festival starts January 10th and the new website goes live in a couple of days.

I’m sure some of these suggestions will be just as hard if not harder than losing those pesky 20 lbs. Heck, you may even kick that smoking/drinking/gambling habit of yours first. I dare you to write down your resolutions and STICK TO THEM! Come on. We’ll do it together.

My resolutions, besides the losing weight, saving money, yadda, yadda, yadda, include finishing my third novel, querying more agents/editors, and update my website. I have many other writer-ly goals in mind, too. But these are my focus for the beginning of 2011.

Do you have any writer resolutions you’d like to share? How do you see your success for this year? I’d love to hear from you.

12 Responses to Writer Resolutions – This is Your Year!

  1. melissa says:

    Great list! My biggest goal this year is to find the balance! Getting through NaNoWrimo this year, proved I can write and still be a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and so on and survive. So much to accomplish and the time is there, I just have to manage it better. 🙂

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    • jbrayweber says:

      NaNo kicked my butt, too. When under a deadline, I can, in fact, achieve the goal. But at the same time, working under that kind of massive time crunch takes a toll on your life in the real world. Balance is a must in our crazy existence.
      Opportunities and accomplishments will abound this year for us, Missy! I just know it!

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  2. Brenda says:

    New Year resolutions . . . yeah normally I don’t bother making them, but this year I did. LOL, I started off small in hopes I will stick to them–in fact I know I will. I need to finish a one page, three page, and five page synopsis for my current novel, and (hopefully..please, please, please) a agent grabbing query letter.

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    • jbrayweber says:

      Those are really great and attainable goals. Small goals definitely help bolster confidence when you achieve them. Plus, you are making huge strides in your writer career. Way to go!
      Good luck on grabbing an agent, Brenda! Hoping to nab one myself. 🙂

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  3. Just one resolution… For 2011, I resolve not to make any promises I can’t keep.

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    Jenn,
    Great list.
    Okay, I’ve yanked up my skivvies.
    And I’m about two days away from transmitting my ‘full’ to a publisher who’s agreed to read it.
    This is the 6th novel ms. which I just finished last month. I start proofing the 4th draft this evening … after I teach the lesson (I’ve worked on today) to the first grade boys at church.
    Oh, and during this new year, I’m going to be a monthly contributor to a new blog group. [More later, when it launches,]

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    • jbrayweber says:

      YAY! Jeff!!! GOOD LUCK with the publisher!
      Keep chuggin’ forward and looking forward to hearing about your new gig.

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  6. I’m hopeless, Jenn. But at least I’m consistent year-to-year. LOL

    Take care, sweetie! As usual, another great post.

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