It’s that time of year again! The closing weeks of one year and the brand new potential of another, when taking stock and setting the slate clean can give your creative energy a boost.
Not everyone has resolutions or likes to set them, but I find them helpful, even if they never come true. Just writing down a resolution puts me in the right mindset to aim for goals, even when they fizzle out by February.
There is a trick, however, to making sure your resolutions work for you and not against you, and that’s setting the right ones.
New Year Resolutions: Setting The Right Ones For Writer Success
The Realistic Ones
First up, you need to be a little boring with some of your resolutions and make realistic ones.
They’re the kind that will see you making slow and steady progress, such as writing half a page a day or reading one book a month. These goals should be the ones you know you can achieve, even when life throws everything around you into chaos.
The Fantasy Ones
Once you’ve made your safe, reliable, and realistic resolutions, go all out with your fantasy ones.
Your book turned into a streaming phenomenon by Netflix? Your signature on the dotted line of multi-million dollar publishing deal? Your book the best-selling title of the year? (and the fact you’re not even close to finishing it just a minor detail on your path to glory!).
These resolutions may never come true, but allow yourself to believe they could, write them down, and aim for them anyway. The best writing is powered by hope, and you’ll need plenty of it to survive another year in the writing game.
The Future Ones
These resolutions can be a combination of your realistic and fantasy resolutions, I.e. the dotted line might not be for a multi-million dollar deal, but it is for a deal.
Your future resolutions can also be a list of the things you want to achieve at some point, but might not be able to squeeze in this year, like that writing course you’ve always wanted to take or the blog you’ve been meaning to start.
Throw in the newsletter you aim to send more than once a blue moon, finally finishing the WIP you started six years ago, getting that one idea out of your head, and you’ve got some future resolutions to keep you inspired.
The Ones You Can Do Right Now
That brings us to the actual resolutions you can do right now. Did you start a project with NaNo in November and win? Great! A lot of the work is now done, so make your first resolution for this new year to get it finished.
Did you finally slog your way through a round of edits last year? Fantastic! Your next resolution is to do what you can to polish the project.
Look at what you were working on in the last year, decide what you have to do to complete it, and take that momentum into your new year. If you set up the right resolutions, you can totally aim and hit writer success.
Are you a fan of setting resolutions or do you find them too restrictive? Let me know in the comments!
— K.M. Allan