Day 159 – A writer’s New Year’s resolutions

Day one hundred fifty-nine of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words for Days 157, 158 and 159: 1,200

We traveled to stay with friends for a couple of days to ring in the New Year. While I did make sure to write every day, I only wrote about 200 words on New Year’s Eve and even less on New Year’s Day. I caught up a bit today, and as I did I felt happy that I didn’t do anything different than the last 159 days. I wrote.

Now that I am into 2015, what strikes me as remarkable is the fact that I didn’t start the year saying to myself, “This year I’m finally going to work on writing that book,” or, “This year I’m going to write more often.” I have made those resolutions at the start of every new year for the last decade (or more). Regrettably, I never followed through. Until this past year. I’m grateful to be able to say, “I’m going to continue what I’ve already been doing.” I don’t need to make a resolution to work on writing that book. I’m full-on in the thick of it now. I don’t need to make a resolution to write more often. I’m writing every day now.

It’s an amazing feeling to know that I have followed through on these goals after so many years of failing to do so. And leaving myself in this position, to start 2015 doing what I have already been doing, opens the door for me to have new resolutions, new goals. That’s a thrilling prospect for someone who was stuck in a rut for quite a long time. This time, I have generated momentum and there is no doubt it is going to take me somewhere. Just where that will be is what I am most looking forward to in 2015.

Here is my list of writer-related New Year’s resolutions:

  • Finish research for book number one.
  • Finish a solid, re-written draft and get beta readers to read and provide feedback.
  • Find an agent and editor.
  • Submit to publishers.
  • Get rejected and take it well. Over and over. (The first part of this one should be easy to fulfill.)
  • Publish. Either traditionally or self-publish. (I’m realistic about this one. I may not happen until 2016 or not at all, but that’s not going to stop me from setting it as a goal for 2015.)
  • Work on book number two.