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Your 2013 New Year’s Resolution Top 10 List

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Make a New Year’s resolution list that includes 10 goals. They don’t all have to be writing-related, but at least 3 of them do. Then refer to this post often this year and update it as you complete your goals.

Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below.

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41 Responses to Your 2013 New Year’s Resolution Top 10 List

  1. Ellen A says:

    New Year’s Resolutions – 10 Goals
    1. Lose that last 12 ( which has now turned into 14) pounds by April 1st.
    2. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and get a full night’s sleep.
    3. Get 17 hours per week on the elliptical and lose body fat.
    4. Begin writing on a daily basis.
    5. Help my favorite 10-year-old get through math.
    6. Help my favorite 15-year-old get through chemistry.
    7. Learn enough chemistry to actually be helpful.
    8. Practice writing-fundamentals.
    9. Find a second part-time career.
    10. In addition to “winning” Nanowrimo this year, write something good.

  2. WV Jim says:

    Resolutions for 2013

    1) Shower every day

    2) Quit passing gas in crowded elevators

    3) Get at least three fortune cookie fortunes published

    4) Sleep late a minimum of two days per week

    5) Eat more pork

    6) Get at least one letter to Ann Landers published this year

    7) Quit whining when I pick up the paper and realize my letter isn’t in Ann Landers

    8) Stop making funny noises during my prostate exam

    9) Volunteer to tutor in at least three sorority houses

    10) Write my biography from the viewpoint of my dog

  3. casmick72 says:

    I just started writing in the last couple of weeks. Well, I did write poetry as a teenage (who didn’t?), but for pleasure instead of an outlet for pain. In the last two years I have been through a great deal. I have learned to not focus on myself and focus on others. New Years resolutions seem to be a selfish act that tends to be superficial and that is why a person can’t keep them. Here is my list.

    1) Give my time to others who need my help
    2) Stop spending so much on clothes and give my money to a charity
    3) Stop worrying about what others think of me and do what is right
    4) Forgive people who have wronged me as I have wronged others
    5) Enjoy each moment as it maybe my last
    6) Stop judging people as I do not know their circumstances
    7) Build more friendships and cultivate the ones I have more deeply
    8) Take some risks and don’t be afraid to fail
    9) Listen more
    10) Only write or say things that are encouraging

  4. ultimatefrisbeegirl says:

    1) Write and apply for mag. articles and join writing and photography competitions
    2) Buy a DSLR camera
    3) Be more ministry minded and be bold to spread the gospel
    4) Get in better shape (an every year thing too, Duckie05)
    5) Become a lifeguard
    6) Enter Piano competitions to prepare for auditioning
    7) Write my fourth novel and do nanowrimo again this year
    8) Revise my third novel and send it out to friends and family.
    9) Read more books. At least one pleasure book every month (A classic) and one nonfiction book.
    10) Write every day for at least five minutes

  5. britjsmit91 says:

    So I’m new to this website and I thought this would be a fun prompt to do; I’m also using this a way to avoid the mountain of reading sitting in front of me (Yay for last semester of college! :D) But anyway here is my list:

    1. Try to write for at least 5 hours throughout the week (starting next week since I’m already behind in my classes)
    2. Write one of my novels
    3. Enter into a writing competition
    4. Save up money so I can take an online course with the Writer’s Digest University
    5. Get all A’s in my classes this semester
    6. Make exercise a regular part of my week
    7. Learn that I can’t please everyone and that I shouldn’t always put people before myself
    8. Graduate from college
    9. Read at least 15 books this year
    10. Find a job to support me while I try to start my career as a full-time writer.

  6. Baby-Beatlet says:

    Having watched the Writer’s Digest website for a while, this is my first entry on here.
    As a rule I don’t tend to make resolutions for New Year as they tend to be broken by about the second week of January. However as we have now reached the second week without incident I thought I’d give this a try and see how we go, aside from the usual and in no particular order.

    1. To get organised and motivated on a daily basis and to finish all jobs that are started
    and to make the most of the time I have.
    2. To write something for pleasure everyday without exception and to actually enter writing competitions regularly rather than just thinking about it.
    3. Read at least one book a month for pleasure and to write actual letters to loved ones rather than texts and emails etc,
    4. To find myself a job that will support two children and a mortgage and to sort out my financial situation for the better.
    5. To draft my first novel and to promote it.
    6. To try new things and do something every day that scares me.
    7. To make the most of everything that I have, to strive but not settle.
    8. To be a better girlfriend and to be more patient with our kids.
    9. To finish my Teaching Assistant home study qualification and to do my very best in my MA in Professional Writing (due to finish Jan 2014 – does that count?)
    10. To enjoy life and learn to love myself a little more.

  7. hollowayfa says:

    Get my first novel published and finish the second one I’ve been working on for years..
    Become part of the writing group, Barefoot Writer, and interact with other people like myself instead of being afraid and shy
    Go to college and a degree
    Believe in myself that I can make it as a writer
    Quit my day job and become a full time writer

  8. Rook says:

    I’m not one for resolutions, but this seems like it can be fun, and hopefully a kick in the pants that I need. The top 10, drum roll please…are, but in no particular order of importance. All are important.

    1. Read more of the Bible. For starters: The New Testament. A challenge from a visiting pastor. Awesome stuff in in.
    2. Read more. I would like to beat last years total number of books, so I would like to read seven this year. Hey, i’m a father of four boys, and two are twins. Need I say more.
    3. Do more creative writing, and writing prompts at Writer’s Digest
    4. Work on my sci-fi novel. Hopefully completing first draft by Christmas
    5. Start my woodworking business.
    6. Create a writing retreat within my home.
    7. Be more patient.
    8. Spend more time with the wife and children.
    9. Attend a writing workshop.
    10. Have Fun!!

  9. jnbradley says:

    1.) Write every day. No exceptions. (Except for yesterday…)
    2.) Finish my novel. Finally. For real this time.
    3.) Create at least one piece of art each month.
    4.) Pinch pennies! Live a little more frugally – only nine months until the wedding.
    5.) Stay fit: Continue my running routine, drink more water. I must continue to fit into my wedding dress!
    6.) Generate a second income. (See #4)
    7.) Join a second writer’s guild (the mystery one, I think).
    8.) Actually enter writing contests.
    9.) Read 30 books.
    10.) Sculpt and paint an urn for my Dad. (The ziplock baggie of ashes is weird and sad.)

  10. hedwigy13 says:

    This was a tough one, especially because writing tends to end up a side project compared to the rest of my life. Without further ado, my resolutions:

    1. Stop making excuses for myself; just do it.

    2. Making honor roll this quarter, for the first time in two years, and keep on doing it, each quarter.

    3. Try to begin writing a book, possibly join NaNoWriMo in November.

    4. Stop being afraid to stand up for myself and what I feel is right.

    5. Work harder on my trumpet and practice more often so I can make it into the high school marching band next year.

    6. Write at least 500 words a day, but do my homework first.

    7. Enter high school next year in AP biology and language arts.

    8. Learn how to write screenplays.

    9. Stop worrying about what other people think of me.

    10. Stop getting in the way of my own success and happiness.

  11. SmadyTheGreat says:

    - Be a better, likeable, cooler older sibling for my nine year old sister.
    – Graduate highschool, proud and confident.
    – Finish my novella.
    – Share my work.
    – Do something out of my ordinary.
    – When looking for fulfillment– buy less, do more.
    – Don’t drown myself in work. in school, in drama.
    – I have a big idea for a novel. But big ideas scare me sometimes. Conquer that fear!
    – Spend time with my birdy. He’s too often sitting in his cage because I don’t have time for him.

    Cheers to bettering ourselves!

  12. slayerdan says:

    In my everyday life I am an educator and a counselor. I write because I like it. It is an undeniable release. I have

    had a good deal of luck on this site over the last year—most of my stuff was received very well. As far as goals for

    this year, I would like to finish this novel outline I have. It’s a story that means a lot to me and I would like to flesh it

    out.

    However, my “resolutions” deal with more personal things. Yeah I want to lose a tad more weight and get in the

    gym more, but for real impact, in no real order, these are my goals.

    1. More live music—I love live music and I plan to catch some monthly. Louder the better.

    2. Make sure my 13/14 year old stays on track and focused. These are the years parents lose that
    connection with their kids. I wont.

    3. Fish a little more. Just for the sake of it. The sun. The wind. The water. Really—it’s not fishing—it’s getting out and enjoying.The fish are a bonus.

    4. My lab is almost 9 and she has lost a step but through death, divorce, kids, and life she has been the best friend anyone could want and I know my time with her is limited. She is gonna get more than the regular time she always gets. She deserves it.

    5. I do photography on the side and I will have a website up that will helpfully increase business a bit, but also showcase my work.

    6. The summer months will be a little travelling. I want my youngest to visit all 48 continental states before HS is done. He has been to 7. That leaves 4 years to visit 41 more. This summer we shall see what kind of a dent we can make in that.

    7. I want to see a UFC event life. I was at UFC 18, but they are lightyears beyond that production level and I’d like to catch one. This is the least likely to happen and more of a pipedream, but it’s on the table.

    8. Finish up my genealogy search. I have American Native and Irish immigrants on both sides which made pre 1900 a hard search, but I’d like to see how much farther I can go.

    9. And really, just enjoy life. Some of my patients have less than most people and they are happier than most too. Life is about perspective and as we age, we tend to lose it.

    A challenge for anyone reading this. When I was younger I would just take off at the drop of a hat and go to the

    beach—sometimes alone, sometimes w friends. Initially I had nothing, eventually a pager. Wanna know

    something? I survived. Actually thrived. Pick somewhere you like to go—beach, resort, park, amusement park—I

    don’t care, pick somewhere. Make plans to go for at least a WHOLE ENTIRE DAY. Tell someone where you are

    going. And go. Oh—leave your cell phone at home. Yep—leave it at home. People miss the biggest addiction and

    crutch we all have—the cursed cell phone. 20 years ago we didn’t update twitter, facebook, our emails, or text

    every time we farted and you know what? We kicked ass. Still kicking ass. Don’t let the fact you have pets or kids

    stop you—make arrangements and go. Leave that phone at home. Its liberating I promise you. And everything will

    be just fine. I am not a hipster or a go green guy—my house is so jacked up with electronics I bet the magnetic

    field from it is visible from space—but a break from them is truly amazing. Let go of your crutches people—don’t

    let your life circle around a tool. Give it a shot. Enjoy the year all—-here is to hoping for non holiday related

    prompts next week.

    Slayerdan

  13. penney says:

    This never works because the list is ever changing, but I’ll have a go at it.

    Go to church more regularly/study my Bible more.

    Less caffeine more water

    Get a permanent job. No more of the temp. crap

    Write more

    Write in the blog I opened last year and never wrote in

    Family, family, family

    On a less realistic note: use my passport, actually give money to my student loan, loose more then 10 pounds(and keep it off), go back to school and learn a new trade, fix four expensive things in the house, give a 10th to the church

    Good luck everyone

    PS – the blog thing? Read somewhere it would be good place to put stories. Now this guy in WD gives 8 pointers. 1- write short, and vague one sentence is okay for better responses or views. Doesn’t that put a kabosh on the story approach?

    • hillsworth says:

      Love the two about church. Nine years ago, when my twins were born, my wife and I started attending church on a regular basis. In the last few years, I’ve become very involved ( council member and property committee) and have not regretted a single minute of it. It has strengthened an already rock solid relationship between myself, my wife and my kids and it has shown me so much about the Kingdom of God that I never would have dreamed of. This year, we did a fair share of charity shopping for those less fortunate and I only wish I could do more.
      Penney, you are a talented writer with much to give. Keep after the craft and don’t worry about what one guy on WD says, I say Blog away, long stories or short. And remember to put up a link to it, so we can all enjoy it.

  14. handyman43127 says:

    When I viewed this prompt I decided quickly to forgo involving myself or my views simply because I, like many, do not give value to the tradition that suggests that I make demands upon myself simply because a page on the calender had been turned.

    I have attempted this in the past and always,always I suffered the same results. So here I am, again forgoing my decision to not do what I am doing at this very moment.

    I imagine myself fishing for a week trying to catch dinner for my family, but I get not even a nibble. I promise myself I will cut the grass on Saturday instead of fishing. As I ready my mower A friend calls and says the fish are biting like crazy. Will I stand true to my resolution to myself and cut grass, or will I go and catch dinner? This to me is a no brain-er. Although I set goals for myself sometimes my timelines do not line-up with reality. Oh I do have goals, and dreams that I dare not share even with the closest of people within my circle. These are kept close to my heart and I peck away at them little by little. I will get there, of that I am sure.

    Anyway a post by Hanni prompted me to post to the prompt. Say that three times quickly!

    I, after some thought can without reservation and without ignoring my convictions post to this prompt. I will use two of her ten resolutions simply because I believe these are something I and we should resolve to do within ourselves wherever the calendar falls.

    First she says she will value her husband more, this is wonderful but since I am not married I will give much more value those that value me and less to those that don’t.

    Second like her I will learn to forgive myself, that is as equal to the forgiveness I give others.

    I can add one of my own however, I will get beyond the three thousand word limit I have seemed to have gotten stuck on in my writing. Not a novel yet but somewhere in-between.

  15. JudithG says:

    In May, 2012 I married again after thirty-seven years of the single life. I have many things to learn and to adjust to as I share my time and space with someone very special. I’ve made a beginning, but I realize I must make a serious effort to prioritize my goals and activities.

    My life is a different as it could be from less than two years ago. I am no longer a single, jet-setting, international art teacher. I am a happily married lady living a quiet life in a retirement community in Florida. I probably will not travel internationally again, something I did several times a year for the past 35 years. I have finally dropped anchor and have found peace in a quiet, stable life. To complete the adjustment, I must prioritize and organize, taking the best from the things I have and have accomplished and getting rid of the deadwood in my life.

    I am encumbered with possessions and clutter to sort and discard, and Big Ideas that I will never really attempt, much less accomplish. I am blessed with a loving and patient husband, a wonderful family (and new family) and friends. My goal this year is to get this in order.

    1. Generate some income
    Although I’ve retired, I still must generate an income to cover the costs of the debt I ran up in my first failed attempt at retirement. Taking another job is not an option, except perhaps in substitute teaching and teaching private art classes.
    Selling art work is an option, but I have to create some.

    2. Organize a work space.
    My studio is the ideal place, but I’m not living there. I have to get back over there and get it cleaned and set up. I can use the guest room in our home for writing and computer things, but the messy stuff needs to be in the studio.

    3. Improve my housewife skills.
    I’m not as messy in the kitchen as I was, but I need to be neater and more organized.

    4. Get my novel organized and ready for publication.
    It’s written, but not all entered into the computer. That will begin when I get the work space organized.

    5. Work on the Judyssey.

    6. Create and maintain a blog.

    7. Help my husband to have activities in addition to going to the gym and watching TV. I’ll probably have to do them, too, which will cut more into my time.

    8. Be honest about the projects I will be doing in the future and rid my home and studio of all those extra and outdated materials.

    9. Continue with the good habits I’m into, such as: exercising regularly; watching my weight and health; spending less; appreciating the good things and people that I have in my life.

    10. Get out of the house more and make new friends in my new life as a wife.

  16. HuffmanHanni says:

    Since I’ve never been big on making New Year’s Resolutions, seems like it’s just too easy to break all of them by the end of January, trying to come up with ten is a bit of a challenge. Here it goes!

    In no particular order:

    – Be more colorful in what I wear. Buy more non-black, non-brown shoes to fit this.
    – Read more and meet my book reading goal of 50 books and then try to smash it.
    – Complete outlines for at least two of the novels I want to write.
    – Continue research on historical fiction novel I want to write.
    – Join the local writer’s group and connect with other writers.
    – Maintain my weight loss from last year.
    – Continue saving money towards our 6 month of expenses goal.
    – Walk my dogs more!
    – Let go of my guilt.
    – Most important of all, value my husband more.

    • This is a very nice list…they all seem doable and not the kind of resolutions one would give up on by the end of January (like I normally do). Letting go of guilt would probably be the most difficult for me, so I wish you luck in all your endeavors.

    • JudithG says:

      Adding color to your wardrobe definitely is a start in coloring your life. We all know the subliminal effects of color. If you don’t, there are plenty of resources to research. Without getting too much into metaphors, I recommend bright and cheery colors, even as accents to start, then blossom out into more important articles of clothing…even underwear. Your attitude will brighten with your palette.

  17. BDCorcoran says:

    1. Avoid steep cliffs. Fiscal and otherwise
    2. Write often. Think less.
    3. Teach my 12 year-old dog a new trick.
    4. Appreciate art.
    5. Save a penny. This is said to earn one?
    6. Reverse previous investment strategy: buy low, sell high.
    7. Stitch precisely when needed. This will save at least nine stitches later.
    8. Resolve technological inadequacies
    9. Late to bed and early to rise does not work. I will only burn one end of the candle.
    10. Eliminate the use of tired adages.

  18. JudithG says:

    In May, 2012 I married again after thirty-seven years of the single life. I have many things to learn and to adjust to as I share my time and space with someone very special. I’ve made a beginning, but I realize I must make a serious effort to prioritize my goals and activities.

    My life is a different as it could be from less than two years ago. I am no longer a single, jet-setting, international art teacher. I am a happily married lady living a quiet life in a retirement community in Florida. I probably will not travel internationally again, something I did several times a year for the past 35 years. I have finally dropped anchor and have found peace in a quiet, stable life. To complete the adjustment, I must prioritize and organize, taking the best from the things I have and have accomplished and getting rid of the deadwood in my life.

    I am encumbered with possessions and clutter to sort and discard, and Big Ideas that I will never really attempt, much less accomplish. I am blessed with a loving and patient husband, a wonderful family (and new family) and friends. My goal this year is to get this in order.

    1. Generate some income
    Although I’ve retired, I still must generate an income to cover the costs of the debt I ran up in my first failed attempt at retirement. Taking another job is not an option, except perhaps in substitute teaching and teaching private art classes.
    Selling art work is an option, but I have to create some.

    2. Organize a work space.
    My studio is the ideal place, but I’m not living there. I have to get back over there and get it cleaned and set up. I can use the guest room in our home for writing and computer things, but the messy stuff needs to be in the studio.

    3. Improve my housewife skills.
    I’m not as messy in the kitchen as I was, but I need to be neater and more organized.

    4. Get my novel organized and ready for publication.
    It’s written, but not all entered into the computer. That will begin when I get the work space organized.

    5. Work on the Judyssey.

    6. Create and maintain a blog.

    7. Help my husband to have activities in addition to going to the gym and watching TV. I’ll probably have to do them, too, which will cut more into my time.

    8. Be honest about the projects I will be doing in the future and rid my home and studio of all those extra and outdated materials.

    9. Continue with the good habits I’m into, such as: exercising regularly; watching my weight and health; spending less; appreciating the good things and people that I have in my life.

    10. Get out of the house more and make new friends in my new life as a wife.

    Ready? Go to it!

  19. Jennifer Brown says:

    2013…What shall I promise this year?
    1. Read at least one good book a month (not an easy feat with two little girls under the age of two in the house!)
    2. Actually enter writing contests, rather than simply wish I had the courage/time/energy/skill…(add in the million other excuses here) to do so.
    3. Expand my networking horizons to Tumbler, Pintrest and other such sites (currently, only brave enough to tweet – @JKBwrites, if anyone’s interested…)
    4. Finish the first draft of my novel…without getting too distracted by the annoyingly overzealous muse perched on my shoulder…
    5. Write outside my comfort zone
    6. Read outside my comfort zone
    7. Write a little every day…500 words a day if I can manage it (see clarifier attached to resolution #1)
    8. Be patient with myself, my girls, my husband, and my parents
    9. Apply for freelance writing positions…who knows, unless I try…
    10. Live every day to the fullest, with no regrets hanging over me when I close my eyes.

  20. dnlmrk says:

    #1 I will blog three times per week for the next 52 weeks.

    #2 I will go to the gym, go for a jog or otherwise get an hour of physical activity at least once a week. (I know, once a week isn’t a lot, but it’s more than I’m doing now.)

    #3 I will visit my parents on their birthdays, on Mother’s Day and on Father’s Day and I will send cards to each member of my family at Easter. (Because cards are fun and so are Easter bunnies.)

    #4 In addition to my hour of physical activity, I will go for a walk with Shaun at least once a week.

    #5 I will read more. (I know, that’s kind of vague, but if I post how many books I think I’ll realistically read, I’ll be scoffed at, and if I inflate that number I just won’t achieve it.)

    For the rest (because I’m running out of space) visit my blog at http://www.danielmarkwheaton.com/2013/01/my-new-years-resolutions-all-10-of-them/

  21. I’m having too much fun with this…here’s another “Guess the Author” resolution list, although I only made it five resolutions this time so it wasn’t quite as long. Hopefully this one will be a bit more challenging (and once again, no googling if you can help it!)

    1. Complete the first part of my new book…hopefully this will be a better source of income than my failed theater plays
    2. Try to keep my finances straight this time—going to prison twice for irregularities in my accounts is enough!
    3. Remember to thank Mama and Papa for paying my ransom to free me from slavery in Algiers
    4. Begin compiling my in-verse reviews on contemporary poets…admittedly, this is a form in which I am quite deficient
    5. Find out more about this Shakespeare fellow—apparently his plays are very popular in England right now, and he’s 17 years my junior! What is he doing as a writer to be so successful that I am not?

  22. RooHawke says:

    This is going to be my year. Not in the sense of achieving celebrity or ending up across from Oprah talking about all the marvelous things that have happened. It’s more personal than that. This is going to be the year that I start reaching beyond the limitations I’ve placed on myself. This is the year that I finally start becoming who I want to be rather than who I’ve allowed myself to become.

    I have always said that I want to be able to face myself in the mirror when I’m 80. Part of that is acknowledging that I have let the responsibilities in my life take over. I’m not planning for the future so much as I’m surviving the moment. That was to stop – now! So, with that in mind, here are my goals for 2013:

    1. Start reaching for the brass ring. There are a hundred reasons not to try stretching way out beyond my comfort zone. Reach anyway. I might fail but then again, if I succeed …!

    2. Treat myself with the same kindness that I treat others. I work hard to be polite and kind to the people that I interact with and yet, I am brutal when it comes to self-examination. I deserve better from myself.

    3. Spend the first two months of this year mapping out the novel that has been living in my head for an embarrassingly long time. I know the title. I am good friends now with the major characters. I am ready to begin. I was ready last month and the month before that. It is time.

    4. In parallel, read more and watch TV less — especially books that will help me to grow as a writer.

    5. Remember where I put my smile. Pick it up again and start enjoying the moment.

    6. And while I’m at it, play more.

    7. Establish a modest writing goal — 1000 words/day, 2500 words/day. Commit to that goal for just one month and then reevaluate where I stand. If it works as I think it will, set up another goal – add 500 words, for example.

    8. Begin to outline what I want to achieve in the next two years. Start mapping out the journey from where I am now to where I intend to end up. Make the steps small and possible to achieve. Earn a million dollars has no place on that list.

    9. Accept my own imperfections. Look in the mirror every morning and say nice things. Reach the point where I don’t automatically start pointing out my own flaws.

    10. Give myself permission to make mistakes. Accept that I won’t do it right all the time. Don’t use the failures as an excuse to stop trying. Try anyway.

    And above all, start reaching for that Brass Ring.

  23. LennyDRock says:

    1. Freshen up neclegted friendships
    2. Searching for a new job
    3. Doing yoga at least three times a week
    4. No chocolates until Eastern
    5. Writing every second morning before work (weekly prompts, creating CVs for future project)
    6. Writing what is demanded in those monthly lessons of my correspondence course, especially when I don’t like it
    7. Starting a Blue Print of my first novel
    8. Renovating the flat
    9. Visiting one of those many Literature Festivals in GB
    10. Freshen up “my” Italian

  24. Arkham says:

    1. Write 1 to 2,000 words per day …Day one I only wrote about 200 words :-(
    2. Write four articles per month minimum
    3. Write one story per month minimum and submit it
    4. Read one new book/story per month
    5. Write one new poem per month
    6. Stop procrastinating by cleaning or organizing….Day one I spent a couple of hours looking for a marker
    7. Clean the garage …Ha
    8. Set up a list of writing ideas
    9. New video per month
    10. Try a new genre …http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_literary_genres
    11. Start out writing fast…then edit, edit, edit!

    • JudithG says:

      I haven’t been writing for very long, but I don’t see that giving myself a daily word goal is helpful. Sometimes the words come in rivers, other times, there’s a drought. I spend a great deal of time daydreaming about what I plan to write.My creative process proceeds like a plant from the germinating through the blossoming. You can’t force Mother Nature. Good Luck, but be patient!

    • slayerdan says:

      I know published authors that only get 500 a day. I think a goal of 2000 a day is ok for a blog or otherwise, but for an actual novel or story or something in that vein, 200 is not horrible. I agonized once over a two page interaction as the verbage just didnt seem right to me. Those days happen and when they do, the word count drops. A lot. Seems most of your resolutions were writing related—-surely somewhere else in your life you need to retool haha. Enjoy and much luck.

  25. ryankoz says:

    1. I’d like to begin my writing career accepting that I’ll be naive and new to the whole thing. That’s part of the art of it I think.
    2. Traveling to England has collected dust on my to-do list for too long–time to make that journey a reality.
    3. Graduate in May.
    4. Embrace the courage to give and receive love. We live in a cruel world, but that shouldn’t stop my affections.
    5. Learn a new art of some kind and integrate it into my writing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll study violin some more.
    6. Read, read, and read some more.
    7. Accept my mistakes and learn from them–any writer can benefit from that.
    8. Learn to embrace the full essence of poetry and lyrics.
    9. Set boundaries.
    10. Be vicious with life. Attack it even.

  26. Karida Salim says:

    My New Year Resolution Top Ten List
    My top 10 wants are :
    1. Health : I want my body weights 65 kg, equal with my height 168 cm.
    2. Finance : I want to get 40.000 USD or more from internet marketing and from my writing skill.
    3. Job : I want to help more people and write for the Writer’s Digest writing prompt once a week.
    4. Wife : I want my wife to recover completely from her hand injury.
    5. Oldest son : will be more independent, dilligent and care about his brother and sister. He is developing writing skill as well as I am.
    6. Second son : will have a good eyesight so he don’t have to wear a glasses.
    7. Youngest daughter : will have a good health.
    8. House : I want to move into the new house  I have borrowed last year this year. 
    9. Vehicle : I want to have my dream BMW car.
    10. I want to go Bangkok, Thailand this year with my family.

  27. I thought I’d play a little game with this prompt…since my resolutions aren’t that interesting, here is a list of New Year’s resolutions as a certain famous author might have written. See if you can guess who this author is (bonus points if you can guess without googling any of the keywords listed below):

    1. Expand the story that I had published in that American magazine into a novel for publication…it will be my first full novel!
    2. Do not forget my diary when I go traveling this year. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
    3. See about getting my first play produced for the stage…I find I like this playwriting business; if this play does well I may focus solely on writing for the theater
    4. Return to my lectures through Britain and Ireland
    5. Learn to forgive my enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
    6. Rework and resubmit my tragedy to Ms. Mary Anderson in Paris—maybe she will have second thoughts and agree to perform it this time
    7. Write letters to Mr. Henry Longfellow and Mr. Walt Whitman—they were such a pleasure to talk to during my lecture tour in America
    8. Take Constance and the boys on vacation—maybe a tour of Europe? She loves all those romance languages
    9. Respond to that letter from that young man who admires my work so much—I believe he is the son of the Marquis of Queensbury?
    10. Remember to resist everything but temptation

  28. Duckie05 says:

    Let’s see… top 10 new years resolutions…

    1.) Lose weight ( which is an every year thing )
    2.) To write more
    3.) Contuine to do well in school and stay on track with graduation
    4.) Write stories and enter the WD competition
    5.) Stop doubting myself so much, especially over my writing
    6.) Spend more time with my family
    7.) Read more
    8.) Enjoy my life more. Just to relax and take everything in. It’s been a long time since I have had a whole day of care free bliss.
    9.) Stop worrying about everyone else and what others think about me
    10.) Be more grateful for what I have and stop telling myself others have it better off. I have an amazing life and family. I need to appreicate that more often then I do.

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