Let’s take a moment to call New Year’s resolutions what they really are: goals.
Even though goal-setting is applicable in any season, the new year is as good a time as any to look ahead, make plans, and set goals.
Here are my 2017 goals as a writer. If I remember once December rolls around (I make no promises, and if I were you I wouldn’t place any bets …), I’ll come back to this list and see how well I’ve fulfilled my plans.
- Have more of an online presence on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages.
- Dabble in other forms of social media … maybe it’s finally time to check out Instagram and tumblr.
- Write more stories in between chapters of longer projects.
- Finish writing “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill.”
- Take more solitary walks. (These are great brainstorm sessions … the blood starts flowing, and so do ideas.)
- Read more books with diverse casts.
- Write more with diverse casts.
- Focus on regularly networking with other children’s authors.
- Attend a writing conference.
- Get organized with a monthly plan for blog posts and website content.
- Spend more time engaging with young readers and getting to know them.
- Also spend more time at the keyboard writing.
- Don’t let writing time come at the expense of ignoring family time … and vice versa.
- Get out of the house. (I’m something of a hermit by nature, but there are loads of story ideas out and about in the community.)
- Travel more. (Again … loads of stories beyond home.)
- Just write. Write badly. And brilliantly. Write when inspired and when I absolutely do not feel like it. Write when I have time, and make time when I don’t have it.
And one last general goal: Buy new bookshelves, because the old one finally collapsed.