2019 Writing Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s a new year, which means a new start. To be honest, I’ve never been one for New Year resolutions. While I’ve definitely had goals for past years, I’ve never actually sat down, wrote them out, and then tried to meet them. But it’s a new year, so I figured why not give the whole resolution thing a try?

Is this a post a little late? Yes. Do I care? Not really.

Now, I know some people might go all out and reach for the stars with resolutions, but I’m going to try to keep things simple and have attainable goals. That way I actually stand a chance of meeting them. I love dreaming, but am more of a realist.

Resolution #1: Finish Editing Draft of Current WIP

This is my biggest goal for the year, so it’s rightly at the top of the list. I’m currently in the editing stage and still on Part I. Obviously, I’d like to get to Part III and finish the draft by the end of the year so I can be one step closer to publishing.

The good news is I’m about 70% of the way done with my current round of editing, and hope to finish up by the end of February so I can move on to my next step.

Resolution #2: Continue With This Blog

I haven’t had this blog for very long, but I will admit I was hesitant when I started it. I was afraid that I would discontinue it not very long into it. Then, if I did discontinue with it, I wouldn’t follow through with finishing and editing my draft. I would then be left wondering what could have been, or what if. I don’t want that. So by continuing with this blog, even if I only have a few readers, I’ll stay motivated to finish my draft. And maybe in the process motivate somebody else to finish theirs.

I’ve been so busy trying to finish editing, that I didn’t get to this post as soon as I wanted. Hopefully I’ll stick to a schedule in the future.

Resolution #3: Read More Books

When I was still in school, I would go to the school library in the morning, pick up a few books, and have at least one finished by the end of the day. Then I went to college, graduated, got a job, and stopped reading because I got too busy. The occasional book in a series or by an author I loved might come out, so I’d read it. Overall though, I’m not quite the reader I used to be.

That’s changed slightly when I do my Reread and Review posts, but still only by a little. By the end of the year I’d like to have read a few more books than 2018.

So not too many resolutions this year, but big ones. Big, but manageable.

Have any reading or writing resolutions of your own? Let me know by leaving a comment. My next post should be in mid-February revolving around a certain timely holiday.

— Kay S. Beckett

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