If you're like many writers I know, you prepared a list of promises you intend to keep in 2014.
I'm familiar with "the list" because in past years, I've made a monumental writing resolution list that set me up for failure. I mean, seriously, when you make a list that has 15 items that you vow to do when it comes to your writing career, you're bound to make a misstep somewhere and, Voila! you've broken your resolution of "I'm going to . . ."
Usually I broke at least one resolution on January 1.
So as 2013 wound down and 2014 rang in anew a day ago, I contemplated, Shakespeare-style: To make a writing resolution list or not to make a writing resolution list. That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to admit that I'm human and a stressful day may throw my writing off kilter, or to admit that I have a problem saying 'No' and may feel overwhelmed, thus affecting my conquering of the resolution list, or to admit that I mastered the art of procrastination in college and its effects spill into all areas of my life at times, which in turn, can and will harm my handling of the resolution list, or....
That's why I didn't make a list this year.
Yup. You read it here first.
And for me, it makes perfect sense NOT to pen a list of promises that would've been broken on New Year's Day. I mean, really, it's a lazy day, filled with football, family and fun. I may not have made time to write on January 1, which ultimately would lead to the collapse of that dreaded resolution list.
I KNOW WHAT I NEED TO ACCOMPLISH.
So, in 2014, I'm going to pay closer attention to what I write, how I market, who I network with, when deadlines approach and how I weave my professional life with my personal life, but I refuse to beat myself up if I don't, say, have 10 article queries in play at all times. (That item has consistently shown up on my writing resolution list.) Sometimes, life interferes and sends you down an unruly path. You have to be able to adapt.
The bottom line is this: I want continued success as a writer and satisfaction with the words I place on the page. I am the person responsible for making sure the success and satisfaction happen.
I don't need a laundry list of resolutions to get where I need to be.
Do you make a list of yearly writing resolutions?
by LuAnn Schindler. Read more of LuAnn's work at her website.