Friday, December 30, 2011

A Writer's Resolutions

 I can almost hear the collective groans coming from all of you as you read the question, "Are you making any New Year's resolutions?"  It seems like this annual ritual is more known for the jokes concerning how quickly we break them rather than the genuine intent with which these promises to ourselves are made.  But, we can't help but try again every year.  This time we'll really stick to it!

Whether or not you maintain that resolution to lose fifteen pounds or spend more time doing charity work or pay off your debt, there is something wonderful about taking a time for reflection . . . to think about what has happened over the year that is ending and what you hope for the year to come.

With this post, I would like to look at resolutions through my lens as a writer.  What are some things that those of us who put pen to paper (or more likely fingers to keyboard) for a living hope to do in 2012?

I will be releasing my next book, Pabby's Score, in early 2012.  So, on a personal note, I certainly hope that this work reaches many people and is well received.  Those of you who are putting new work out there for consumption next year I'm sure share my anticipation.

I would love to discover a couple new great authors in 2012.  We all know that writers are also avid readers.  I love finding other writers whose work I admire, not only just to enjoy a good novel but also perhaps to learn from their craft.

Finally, I hope to continue to work on finding balance.  How many of you wake up in the middle of the night with a story idea and rush to your computer or a notepad before the details leave your mind?  How many of you feel pressure to complete five more pages or send out one more marketing piece before you allow yourself a walk in the park or, in my case, a round of golf?  Writing is our passion and it is going to be a part of everything we do, but we need to give ourselves a break sometimes as well.

So, what are your resolutions as a writer?  What are your plans for making 2012 the most successful and fulfilling year yet?

James Ross
Author of Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, Tuey's Course, Opur's Blade, and Pabby's Score
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Gerry Wendel said...

Have enjoyed reading your posts and wish you the best of success with the new book! I would LOVE to write a book in 2012...I have a lot of stories to tell and I'm pretty sure I will take the plunge and "just do it". Thx for the inspiration!

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

My resolutions as an author are related to better marketing. If no one knows about your books, what does it matter what you write?

Good luck with finding balance.

Mary Montague Sikes

Louise Behiel said...

I love to spend some time about now reviewing all aspects of my life over the past year and seeing where I've been and where I'm going. Is it the direction I choose or is it simply which rut I've fallen into. either way, I take the opportunity to figure it out and set a direction for next year.