Another January arrives and after we've all finished exclaiming at how 2015 sounds like "the future," we do a little soul searching and try to come up with enthusiastic new year resolutions. You know, those shiny things that look great in January and then in December half the time we can't remember what they were, and even if we do, we're not quite sure if we accomplished them.
Yes, for many of us, resolutions are made with good intentions but often end up falling by the wayside. But each new year, we can't resist the sense of optimism that seeps into our skin as we strive to better ourselves.
Many writers will resolve to finally finish that manuscript they've
been slaving away on. Others will resolve to query or self publish or to move onto the next novel.
Still others might decide they need to step back from writing pressures
and restore more balance in their lives.
Personally, I'm in multiple camps. I'm on the verge of getting some much needed daycare for my toddler. It will only be two days a week, but imagine, if you will, the potential productivity of sixteen hours. Are you grasping my excitement? However, after some health problems I have also vowed not to put undue pressure on myself and to focus on maintaining myself as well as possible. Wise people in this industry have said it before: write for yourself first. That advice will be my mantra going forward...(says January me).
Whatever your aspirations are, there's no shame in taking a moment to take stock and make a resolution or two. And if they end up evaporating during the year like last December's snowflakes, that doesn't mean they weren't fresh with hope and magic while they lasted.
Happy New Year!