I've never taken resolutions very seriously. I know myself enough to know that I can't be trusted to follow through.
Lose weight? Oh, that would be nice, but I have a condition that keeps me from dieting. It's called HUNGER. Exercise more? I really should so I can avoid writer's butt, but I'm in no shape for that.
I'm not a consistent keeper of goals. Now, let's not confuse this with meeting deadlines. I can usually meet a deadline (ever experience deadline panic? I experience it ALL the time with every project).
My creativity usually jumps into overdrive the closer a deadline approaches. I have how many months to complete a project? Well, wait until I only have two weeks left... boy, that's when I shine!
I should be better, especially where I'm starting 2014 with no deadlines of any sort. It's what I call a "My Creative Year."
I have no publisher contracts. I'm not on the docket to release any new books since I have nothing written. All of my past projects are complete and any new ones are still in their wee infancy.
This is a fresh year, a new year, and I can write whatever I want., which is something I've been looking forward to.
But there is one thing I do know, if I don't give myself some sort of goal, this year will slip away and I will have accomplished nothing.
So here I am in limbo:
1) Go against my resolution belief and create some goals (oh, I think I threw up a little in my mouth)
2) Make no goals and risk wasting a year.
I guess the answer is pretty simple (at least for this year anyway): If I make a goal and don't keep it, I will beat myself up. I also know that I will beat myself up if I don't make a goal and waste this year. So why not try the goal making thing? It's worth a shot, though the very idea of it scares me.
Here goes nothing:
WRITER GOAL #1: Finish writing a novel by the end of March 2014 but definitely no later than April 16th, which is my birthday. I think I can do this if I stop watching series suggestions on Netflix (so hard). Netflix does keep saying they're going to add season 5-8 of Dexter, so this may be a bit of a struggle (I haven't seen those). Such temptation.
WRITER GOAL #2: Finish writing a novel by the beginning of September 2014, but definitely no later than October 1st. (See how I give myself some extra time, just in case? Clever).
WRITER GOAL #3: Be a better blogger. This will be a toughie, since blogging and coming up with new ideas is SO HARD! My husband keeps telling me to write a little something everyday on my blog and I just look at him like WHO ARE YOU and HOW DARE YOU? I know many people have done it--blogging everyday--but I'm lucky to write a post once a month. Goodness. BUT, I will try and be better... whatever that entails. I leave this open to interpretation. See, once again I'm being clever.
Though my favorite number is four, I feel like stopping at three goals. That's plenty for now--more than plenty *I can do this. I can do this.*
Here's to looking at a new year with an open mind and giving something new a try. Keep me on task, peeps. Ask me how things are going. Don't let me screw up this year.
So, do you keep resolutions or do you just wing it? What's your new plans for the new year? Comment and let me know you stopped by.
1/3/2014 04:52:05 am
Congrats on your productive 2013! This year I'm declaring "missions" instead of resolutions - we'll see if that improves the take rate. I'm also doing a March/September novel program - I look forward to seeing your tweets/posts in 2014 that will remind me to stay on task!
1/4/2014 03:15:35 am
I like the idea of "missions" that seems like a much kinder way to approach things--and perhaps, even doable. Resolutions not so much.
1/20/2014 04:23:36 am
I decided not to make resolutions this year. I know what my goals are. I don't need the added stress of a December 31st deadline.
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