Michille: New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

By not known; one on left is published by "Chatauqua Press", as stated near the bottom of the card in tiny typeWelcome to the Roaring Twenties and the New Year’s Resolutions for one of them. The collective edition. I don’t have any stellar writing resolutions for the new year or the decade. Write some more. Finish current WIP. Listen to some old RWA sessions for motivation. For the decade, definitely joining the ranks of the 8LW sisterhood who are published. But I noodled around on the net to see what other writers have on their lists. Many of them are the same we all know. Butt in the chair, words on the page. Continue reading

Michille: New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

By not known; one on left is published by "Chatauqua Press", as stated near the bottom of the card in tiny typeThe collective edition. I don’t have any stellar writing resolutions for the new year. Enter the Golden Heart. Write some more. Finish current WIP. But I noodled around on the net to see what other writers have on their lists. Many of them are the same we all know. Butt in the chair, words on the page,

Goins, Writer has 17 (from 2013). #6 is ‘write when you don’t feel like it’. I like that one, although I know that isn’t on Elizabeth’s list this year. #14 is ‘make money’. I don’t see that happening for me this year. Continue reading

Justine: New Year’s Resolutions (Already!)

new years resolutionsYes, we’re not even at Christmas yet. Yes, I’m giving up a great post that would be more appropriate in a few weeks. But after listing my pie-in-the-sky-if-there-were-no-rules-of-physics Christmas list last week, I’m already moving on to the new year and New Year’s Resolutions.

It turns out New Year’s Resolutions have been around for awhile. The Babylonians used to make promises to pay back debts and returned borrowed items. Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus (after which January is named). Knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season to reaffirm their commitment to chivalry. So it seems normal that I should make a few commitments to myself.

I’ve not done a good job of that over the last year. I don’t even remember what my New Year’s Resolutions were last year, but I think they had something to do with Finishing The Damn Book (still not done), treating writing like a career (yeah, that went out the window when I signed up to be the VP of my kids’ PTA), and who knows what else.

This fall has been Continue reading

Jilly: My 2013 – The Saggy Middle Act

The Story of My YearThis time of year you can’t turn on the TV, click on a website or open a newspaper without being hit by a retrospective. 2013’s best books, music, restaurants, fashions, sporting moments, political highlights, you name it, somebody will have it sliced, diced and packaged. That’s a contemporary take on a practice humans have followed since the dawn of time – marking the end of a full cycle of the seasons and preparing to make a fresh start in the new year.

When I had a desk job, I used to write a one-pager to my boss every December, assessing the highs and lows of the year as honestly as I could. This year I’m writing to myself, and I don’t think a professional, objective, passive-voiced appraisal is going to cut the mustard. I was mulling it over last night as I sat on the sofa with my husband, watching Steven Spielberg and George Lucas talk about creating Indiana Jones, and I started to wonder – if I had to tell the story of my year, what would it be? Here’s what I came up with. Continue reading