I didn’t do nearly as much fiction writing in my 2014 writing year as I had hoped/planned/resolved. In my first post of 2014, I wrote that “I hope to craft better scenes . . . The first one I’m going to work on is a scene between my protagonist and antagonist that has been giving me fits for weeks. I’ve skipped it too many times to count and I need to get it down on paper.” I did that, but not much else. Around about October, I finally let myself off the hook. Like Elizabeth wrote in her post yesterday, I work full time and have a myriad of other roles and intrusions that get in the way. The biggest one in 2015 was taking all but one of the remaining courses to complete my MLA (the courses that came after the 5 romance writing certificate courses and the 2 advanced workshops). I did a lot of writing for those, but it wasn’t for my manuscript.
I like the noun Elizabeth posted, too. I get this every year in late December and hold on to it for varying amounts of time.
Resoloptimism [rez-uh-lop-tuh-miz-uhm] noun. The sense of confidence experienced by individuals as they vow to make changes in their lives. ~ Urban Dictionary
In 2014, I did write 26 blog posts; expand my reading horizons significantly to ancient Greek and Roman texts, and Jungian psychology; and create the story idea and proposal for my MLA project/next manuscript.
I like the Brad Paisley quote in the graphic. He referred to life, but I’m taking it more literally. So for 365 days in 2015, I resolve to think about writing, read about writing, read what others have written and write. I resolve to:
- Complete my next manuscript (earn 6 credits and have it pitch ready by RWA 2015).
- Jump on Kat’s classic-novel-reading bandwagon.
- Alternate that with the multitude of unread craft books on my shelf with some new popular romance.
- Write a good 365 page story in 2015 (literally and figuratively).
I greet 2015 with great resoloptimism. What are you resoloptimistic about?