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Your 2014 Writing Resolutions

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What are your New Year’s writing resolutions for 2014? Post them here and then at the end of the year, I’ll feature this in the newsletter and ask you to check in to see which ones you’ve accomplished and reflect on your writing year.

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

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181 Responses to Your 2014 Writing Resolutions

  1. G.R.Blessing says:

    My New Years resolution is to finish the first draft to my novel. At this point I’m wasting time worrying about what i don’t know how to do.
    So for the second part to my resolution is telling my brain to shut the hell up so my heart can birth this story as its supposed to happen.

  2. dawnfire says:

    For my New Year’s resolution, I want to finish writing my 3 fantasy short-stories before summer, and go back to Washington. D.C for another trip with my family, and read The Hobbit.

  3. Kerry Charlton says:

    The Buzzard’s Shadow Is Frozen In San Antonio.

    Where is Everybody? Are you all laying in the sand of Miami Beach?

    Kerry

  4. Simone Dubois says:

    My goal is to not let my PTSD rule my writing life any longer. I will write something, every day. I will not let fear rule me.

  5. Critique says:

    My one resolution to write, write, write – five days every week.

  6. Sybille says:

    I hope to get some of my ideas finally on paper and have a draft of
    my first novel ready by end of the year. Fingers crossed and
    pencil sharpened (well, more like computer plugged in).
    Good luck to everyone else with your resolutions.

  7. WV Jim says:

    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

  8. Madmaxmvj says:

    Howdy Writers Digest Community ~
    I’m brand spanking new to this forum and honestly to taking writing “seriously?” I say that with a question mark because until the middle of last year I’ve never really written anything of my own creation besides papers for college and after hearing an interview and reading Hugh Howey’s “Wool”, inspiration struck me and I started writing bits and pieces of my sci-fi story I’ve had in my head for years. From starting on that crazy journey and sharing the first few chapters with my sister n law, she challenged me to enter the WD short fiction story contest that just closed end of December. That sense of accomplishment has spurred me on to join the WD site on the first day of 2014 and set some goals, so here we go !
    1) Complete my first time travel novel and self publish by end of 2014
    2) Write daily regardless of how many words/paragraphs I write, just keep doing it(writing on forums doesn’t count)
    3) Continue writing on the 2 other stories I already started, but don’t let them get in the way of the main goal, #1
    4) Start a blog/website to keep track of how my writing is going (Need good software for tracking this still, any suggestions?)
    5) Enter 2 short story contests 1500 – 3000 words
    6) Be an active participant in the “Your Story Competition” on a monthly basis. Read, vote and enter !

    As a beginning writer I realize these are probably fairly lofty goals, but I’ve found that writing has been a good distraction from my crazy work day and I’ve really looked forward to putting my thoughts down on paper.
    Cheers to you all in 2014 !

  9. darkstorm says:

    My goals for 2014 include reading more. Busy life and I don’t get to read as much as I’d like, so I’ve started keeping a book in the car and one in my bag so that when I’m waiting for someone I can be reading.
    Write more. I keep a notebook and pen in the same bag, so I won’t be caught short when an idea arrives, or I think of something to add to a story.
    Draw more. I have an idea and I’m thinking it could be a graphic novel. Even if it’s not I still want to draw better so that I can draw my characters.
    It would be really cool to get a novel or two (or three or four ;) completed and off to a publisher this year.
    Try using writing prompts to get started and the word count up.
    Be ready for NaNoWriMo 2014.

  10. Jeff says:

    I like to wait until New Year’s day before writing out my resolutions. Actually, I never wrote out my New Years resolutions before. Actually, I never make resolutions at all…this is so foreign to me, my head is spinning…

    Ok, enough of that.

    I hereby resolve to continue what I started last year, which is: read, read, read and write, write, write, as often as possible.
    I am like a lot of folks who post on here in that I have many stories I want to tell. Finding an active message board was a big first step of a long (I hope) journey and I am stoked to find so many who are eager to help others find their voice. The writing prompts are especially useful, and fun, too!

    Thank you all for listening and Happy New Year!

  11. jldorothy says:

    I just finished a class through the Writers Digest University and achieved a fantastic goal – the first full draft of a story that has been nagging at me for years! Written in 7 weeks!

    So, for 2014, my ultimate goal is to publish my paranormal action thriller for middle grade. To achieve this, I am making short term goals.

    To polish the first 3 chapters
    To write an awesome query letter
    To establish a website pkatform (got my eye on another class!)
    To revise and polish the entire book
    To begin the search for an agent!

    Whew! I foresee more late nights and early mornings in my future!!!

  12. Well I’ve mentioned elsewhere what I want to accomplish as an author in 2014 but life has a habit of getting in the way. However….
    1. Find an agent for my completed novel, Tinderbox.
    2. Get Tinderbox published.
    3. Get my query letter critiqued so I can find out what the h*** is wrong with it.
    4. Finish my current two WIP’s, one of which is the third in my series.
    5. Find more and different markets to write in.
    6. To have a work published in graphic novel form — although I’m not an artist.

    Happy New Year to all!

  13. LivingCamera says:

    1) Write 50,000 words every month.
    2) Read 3 books every month.
    3) Write in journal once a day.

    Those are all my writing related goals. I have some others related to fitness and spirituality as well.

  14. I love new years! It’s almost like starting everything over, wiping your mistakes off the slate, knowing you can do better this year, ’cause now you what not to do. You can’t ignore the mistakes you made LAST year.
    I have quite a few resolutions, but I’ll only post the ones related to writing
    1. First, and most important, I’m going to actually FINISH the editing on my first novel.
    2 Finish a second novel and have revised it at least once.
    3. I’m planning on writing at least one paragraph a day about something. Yes, I should have been doing this WAY before. This is where learning from mistakes comes in: I’ve discovered I’m terribly lazy.
    4. Contact at least one agent/publisher/editor.
    5. Update my blog, manausgirl.wordpress.com, at least once a month. Sad, I know, that I haven’t posted on it even that ‘often’. Read end of 3.
    6. Try to keep a journal of ideas that pop into my head, instead of relying on my memory. Another thing I’ve learned: I can memorize poems, Psalms, and my favourite phrases from books, but I cannot, for the life of me, keep a good idea in my head for twelve hours.
    7. Write at least six short stories – and try not to make a novel out of any of them, which is the far-to-often occurrence.
    I think that’s about all that I will be able to manage, so I’ll save some for next year and hope to succeed in these. 2014, here I come! Happy New Year everyone!

  15. I love new years! It’s almost like starting everything over, wiping your mistakes off the slate, knowing you can do better this year, ’cause now you what not to do. You can’t ignore the mistakes you made LAST year.
    I have quite a few resolutions, but I’ll only post the ones related to writing
    1. First, and most important, I’m going to actually FINISH the editing on my first novel.
    2 Finish a second novel and have revised it at least once.
    3. I’m planning on writing at least one paragraph a day about something. Yes, I should have been doing this WAY before. This is where learning from mistakes comes in: I’ve discovered I’m terribly lazy.
    4. Contact at least one agent/publisher/editor.
    5. Update my blog at least once a month. Sad, I know, that I haven’t posted on it even that ‘often’. Read end of 3.
    6. Try to keep a journal of ideas that pop into my head, instead of relying on my memory. Another thing I’ve learned: I can memorize poems, Psalms, and my favourite phrases from books, but I cannot, for the life of me, keep a good idea in my head for twelve hours.
    7. Write at least six short stories – and try not to make a novel out of any of them, which is the far-to-often occurrence.
    I think that’s about all that I will be able to manage, so I’ll save some for next year and hope to succeed in these. 2014, here I come! Happy New Year everyone!

  16. AmeliaPond says:

    Number one) I really want to revise/proofread/edit and rewrite my novel before June so i can use the self publishing offer from Nano

    Number two) I want to Finish the collection of short Stories i am working on.

    Number three) Finish the Fan fiction Novel i am writing for a friend.

  17. Thomas says:

    I finished and published my first book as an e-book this month (Dec).
    It will come out as a paperback in the middle of January.
    I’ve written two chapters in the the second one in the series.

    I plan on writing a book every three months, two in the Shadow Sweeper Series and two others.
    One will be a collection of short stories and essays and the other will be a new twist on an old genre.
    I plan on working almost exclusively on writing/publishing/promoting my books. 8 Hour days.

    I may find I need a publisher by the middle of the year.
    We’ll see how well I keep to the plan.
    My main drawback is not finishing one book before I start another.
    I was successful in resisting that failing during the writing of last book. I went start to published in just under three months. When I had writers block, I worked on the questions the book needed to answer or the character bios or the outline. Just, something to get me writing.
    I realize I’m rambling on.
    So, back to the fourth thru the six sentences, which answers the prompt. (Chuckle)

  18. Shelly says:

    My goal/resolution for 2014 is to be true to myself as a writer. Previously, I’ve written what I thought was ‘good’ for specific markets. Now, I will focus on the stories I feel inside of me and develop those instead of chasing the next best trend.

  19. Clae says:

    My primary goal is to complete a first draft of my (first book). If only I could figure out what happens next, it would be easy. I never finish things, but I’m quite determined this time. Hope everyone had a productive 2013, and succeeds in 2014. Happy New Year!

  20. Owen says:

    My Goal for 2014 is to lose forty pounds! Have a better fitness program than this pass year. Stick to single servings at dinner and dessert if any. Hike/Hunt/Fish at least once a month and bring one of my kids or the whole family with me. Read six books.

    I would like to be able to get a chance at writing more (which can be difficult), even with my busy schedule(s).

  21. Footenotes says:

    1. Figure out how to get my blog (www.kathyfootenotes.wordpress.com) published as a print book. Then, do it.
    2. Get a regular gig as a writer in the local paper.
    Simple, right?
    Um, not so much.

  22. I have tried many times to complete a book. I have one completed but it is a series book that I wrote over ten years ago. I was not a good at writing then. This time I am going to complete my book and sell it on Kindle and also use Create Space. I want to fist publish ebook to boost my popularity and see where my career can go from there.

  23. mere_ramos says:

    Hi! I’m a newbie here. It seems like everyone knows each other, but I figured this was a good place to start, with resolutions and all. Is somewhere else I should have posted first? On that note: My resolution in 2014 is to let myself learn. I grew up with a clear picture of where my talents and challenges fell. I was good at dance and not a spelling (I have dyslexia). Dance was very competitive for me but I did excel. Whereas spelling and grammar were so difficult that I had to accept that I was never going to be one of those people who could just write out what she wanted and have it look neat and pretty on the first go. So, in 2014 I’m hoping to find a place in the middle of these two worlds. I know that I have good (will be great) ideas, but I know very little about writing. So I’m hope to take lessons, ask lots of questions and (most importantly and difficult for me) listen to feedback. I want to do this without thinking I have to be the best at something or feeling like there is a point where I will have to eventually fall short.
    I just want to, well, learn.
    Thanks!

  24. publicdefender says:

    I am so enthralled and frustrated with my writing. I have been woefully inconsistent, too easily discouraged by writer’s block and going down blind alleys. I have used work and other responsibilities as excuses for not pursuing my writing. My wife summed it up for me in an offhand comment – I fell more free when I am writing. So, I hereby resolve:

    First, when it comes to my writing, I am committing to giving myself at least 30 minutes a day to write.

    Second, I am going to start ignoring my internal editor, the one who keeps telling me that no one is out there who wants to hear anything I have to say.

    Third, I will start recording/organizing the story ideas I get so that I can follow up on them in a more effective manner.

    Fourth, I will be a better member of my writing group, bringing better critiques to the stories the group members present and giving them material of my own to critique, rather than excuses.

    Fifth, I will make better use of the online resources that are available to me, including Writer’s Digest and the writing prompts.

    Sixth, I will work on being more observant and pay better attention to what is going on in the world around me, so that I can continue learning and become a more creative writer.

    • don potter says:

      It’s difficult to argue with your goals except for number one. I have found that it takes the better part of a half hour to get in the groove. Maybe an hour every other day would prove more fruitful. Good luck in 2014.

      • publicdefender says:

        Thanks. I am working on my goals and I would like to devote 60 minutes a day at least to my writing, but I am also trying to gauge it in terms of my other responsibilities. I will take your advice into consideration as I work it out. Good luck to you as well.

  25. Amy says:

    I’ve decided that it’s time to get down to business with my writing goals for 2014, so this is the perfect place to do it, right? Within the next year, I will strive to lessen the self-doubt. It plagues me often in my writing, as I’m sure it does others, as well. I will also make an effort to be more upfront about my writing projects with people and not treat them like clandestine babies that never see the light of day. I would like to attend a Writer’s Conference at some point in 2014, but that involves acquiring self-marketing skills, so that’ll be another goal.

    Most importantly, I will finish my book. I don’t care if the sky opens up and pink aliens descend upon us to suck the brains from our skulls. I will finish my book. Since I began this whole writing for real journey, I told myself that I would do everything in my power to publish a novel by a certain date. That date is in a year and a half, so I had better get on my horse!

    Here’s to hoping all of you can achieve your goals in the next year. Setting goals is a wonderful way to focus on specific tasks, but don’t let it take over your life. I know a lot of people that aim ridiculously high and then disappoint themselves every single year. Be honest and do the work. Thanks to all of you for accompanying me on this roller coaster of a writing life. Cheers.

    P.S. It’s good to see familiar….um… usernames. ;)

  26. Aya Walksfar says:

    Aya’s New Year’s Writing Resolutions:
    1. Publish Street Harvest, Book 2 of the Special Crimes Team series. (novel)
    2. Publish Run or Die! (novel)
    3. Publish Old Woman Gone, Book 3 of the Special Crimes Team series. (novel)
    4. Add to my existing Pinterest Boards and create at least 2 new boards
    5. Learn more about how to use social media to enhance my book sales and build a readership

  27. texaslepfan says:

    My New Year’s Resolution is to finish a solid draft of my first novel. I work a full-time job now, but am scheduled to be laid off towards the end of 2014. I have recently published a couple of freelance articles, and I am going to take this opportunity to finally live my dream of being a successful writer. My success is measured by earning enough to provide for my children, and having my writing make a positive impact on lives. This will be the year I become a serious writer.

    • don potter says:

      You might want to consider getting the income stream in order before concentrating on being a serious writer. Financial worries can keep the creative mind in bondage.

  28. DMelde says:

    My new year’s resolution is to be a better person. I want to be more understanding of people who don’t share my point of view, and more forgiving of myself for my shortcomings. I’ve started practicing Yoga, which I’ve found to be an excellent way of cleansing the mind. I hike mountains because they are there. I walk the dogs because that is what makes them happy. I watch the present, being ever mindful of the past, because that is what drives the future. That, in a nutshell (walnut), is me.

    As far as writing goes, I’ve found the breakpoints for a science fiction trilogy that I’d like to write. The first book covers the first 150 years, the second book covers multiple millennia, and the third book covers an even longer time span. I think the first book draft is a reasonable goal for the coming year. I don’t know if I’ll have the time though, as it seems like I need more time than a day allows me. Another goal would be to comment every week on at least one short story I read at this forum. I feel guilty for never having enough time to do this.

    Another goal, and I think I speak for all of us, is to find out where Brian lives. (Just kidding Brian.)

    I’m also knee deep in a historical screenplay that I’ve been procrastinating on, and I resolve to finish said screenplay, forthwith.

    That’s about it. I wish everyone a happy and successful new year!

    “I know. I’m lazy. But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would write myself something really special. Which means I have ’til December, right?” –Catherine O’Hara

  29. Wolfgang Poe says:

    Well, 2014…what to do, what to do?

    1 – Actually complete the first, maybe two Chronicles of Jonathan Walker
    2 – Submit at least one short story per month (most likely JW stories) to a variety of publication

    I think that these modest goals should be achievable. I hate making a long list and then not getting it done.

  30. Mewrite2now says:

    i’ ll keep mine short because it fits my mood at this moment. In 2014 I hope to:

    1. Finish my novel that I started this year in late July.
    2. Self- publish my novel that I started this year in late July.
    5. Write 5 days a week for at least 1 hour at a time.
    6. Write more poetry. And make a more solid move towards free style.
    7. Start a blog to find my audience and connect with like-minded folk (maybe… or not).

    Here’s hoping the rest of you have a safe, healthy, and full-filling year. And let’s all just keep writing because writing is super fun and amazing!

  31. calicocat88 says:

    Creativity is a weird little bit inside a human. Apparently, it’s a hard button to shut off at will since there’s a mini “Calico” inside of me throwing a fit in the name of self-expression. Like some of you on the site, I’m not keen on the idea of revealing my…true nature? But, I’ll try the best I can without taking off the shroud and dancing around in front of the window naked.

    Here we go.

    For the past two years I’ve struggled with being psychologically and physically ill. Doctors are great. They really are. I’ve just never had the privilege of meeting one. A good one, I mean. They’ve all seemed to send me away with treatments that cause some kind of undiscovered illnesses that they refuse to treat. Let me just say that I tend to self-diagnose and by some amazing miracle, I end up being right most of the time. I did study to be a nurse so I suppose that may have helped me along. I’m not a nurse, btw. Needless to say, doctors don’t like me much. And I’m not liking them these days either. So…this year I’d like to finally get well. Inside and out.

    Numbers suck. I want to set them on fire and watch them scream and burn. If you guys don’t mind, I’m not numbering this…uh…I don’t like lists either. So there will be no numbers and this is not a list. So next on my New Year’s…thingy, I’d like to finish at least one novel. Hundreds of unfinished ideas are stuffed in the unnamed quadrants of my computer and notepads. All ideas and no real beginnings, middles, and ends. So sad. I don’t know about you guys, but that really takes a lot out of me knowing that I have all these ideas and can’t seem to get my butt in gear to actually produce a viable birth. So, yeah. At least one novel. Doesn’t have to be edited. Just complete…not that I believe any novel can ever be truly complete. I don’t know. It’s weird.

    A job. For some reason those things are rather important to have these days and I need one. Of course, sickness seems to inhibit this goal. I guess you could say I got to get a hold of one to get to the other. Substitute teaching is in my sights. I’d like to become a teacher eventually—if I’d ever get back to school—and I figured this would be a decent way to find out if I hate instructing people, er…well, kids. They’re people too, but I’d rather teach college level.

    My goals aren’t much, but it’s something. I have more, of course. I tend to be over ambitious and it gets me in trouble with myself quite a bit. So *imaginary wine glass* here’s to another year that we don’t know what the hell is going to happen and it doesn’t matter because we’re going to embrace each experience, negative or positive, and grow from each one. And we’re going to shut up about all the bad stuff because whining never got anybody anything except a punch in the throat.

    Happy New Years to all you guys! And Happy Writing!

    • Observer Tim says:

      Good luck with those, CalicoCat! And happy writing to you, as well! I know when you do it’s happy reading for me (or maybe I’m just selfish).

      I for one am a big fan of numbers so if you spot any lurking around your computer, rather than get out the zippo, just send them to me. I’m particularly fond 2, 11, and √-1; and there’s no end of fun to be had with ∞. But any number in need of a home can find a place with me.

      Sorry to poke fun, but I really do love numbers. May you have 2014 wishes come true this year!

      • Kerry Charlton says:

        Good to hear your voice CalicoCat. I might be off track, but life itself can cause some of our problems. Mine is full of broken dreams, ideas that don’t flourish. People who aren’t as they appear to be.

        If you feel like a wagon train, encircled by Apache’s from the old west, the first problem you find is you make someone upset whose great grandfather was an Apache. After you take the time for calling one of your problems a circling indian defending his turf, you find an arrow through your body.

        The answer? There is none. My key is concentrating on one step and one thing at a time. Sometimes, at least for myself, intense concentration on one particular problem, will reveal a way to deal with it. When I do, I move on to the next.

        Well, what happens then, is two more problems show up for me. But I don’t quit because of it. A walk into nature studying plants, trees, birds and squirrels, leads me to think their problems are as constant as mine are. When I’m in the same boat as a squirrel, I tend to believe I have uncovered the secret of life.

        This makes no sense at all, doesn’t it? Well, Happy New Year to you and may at least some of your dreams be sunshine and roses.

        • calicocat88 says:

          Kerry, it all makes perfect sense :) I liked it especially since my great grand-father was Cherokee, lol! Not that it’s the same thing as Apache, lol! I just liked it.

      • calicocat88 says:

        Ha! Ha! Tim, I will definitely send those numbers your way. I’ll be more than happy :)

    • agnesjack says:

      This was so full of life and wisdom, calicocat. Regarding the health issue, my sister had a similarly frustrating experience with doctors some years ago, but she did get better eventually. I asked her what helped and this is what she said: having people in your life who believe you and support you; listening to your own voice and not everyone else’s; pursuing whatever avenues (traditional, alternative medicine, etc.) might help.

      I wish you the best in all your goals, numbered or not. Besides — creativity is a button we should never try to turn off. We are blessed to have that “weird little bit” inside us.

    • don potter says:

      You have a lot going on, but you continue to write. I believe creativity is a gift from God, which allows you to function in the face of great difficulties. The more you write the more you will know yourself. I don’t understand how this works, but it does. So don’t stop; the payoff is yet to come.

    • Amy says:

      Thanks for being candid with us, calicocat. As candid as you could be, anyway. We’ve all got skeletons in the closet, or we wouldn’t be able to write about anything. Good luck to you in achieving your goals.

    • jhowe says:

      Calicocat, thank you for revealing a bit of your true nature. I really hope your health takes a turn towards the positive… I think it will. As far as your potential novel goes, I really liked the demons in that book store story. They were charming and evil. perfectly blended. BTW, I featured you in the last prompt, the Night Before Christmas thingy.

    • Clae says:

      Not that I know anything about doctoring, but your health issues sound familiar, so I’m going to toss in a thought. I had a friend who repeatedly baffled every doctor with her illness until they gave up. The core root of it all was stress. Stress can do so many terrible things to your body and your mind, and it is impossible to diagnose medically. I have no idea if this is your situation, but I thought I’d toss it out there just in case it helps. Hope you have a healthy and productive 2014.

      • calicocat88 says:

        Thanks, Clae :) Actually, it all started with a hormone imbalance that did give me a serious bout of irrational anxiety and panic attacks that I thankfully have under control now. But in the process of getting the hormones balanced and what-not it triggered some serious digestive issues.

  32. PromptPrincess13 says:

    Wow, well okay, this is a hard prompt. I’m not, never have been, very big on sharing personal life but here’s a little, since you’ve all been so nice to me and supportive of my writing. I started writing when I was ten and until I came to WD, quite a bit later, I hadn’t really shown anyone my work. No one. Now, I look forward to the weekly prompts, not only because I have so much fun doing my own but because I love reading all the others. I’ve learned a lot about dialogue and humor and really connecting to the words I’m writing. Most of all, being a part of WD has helped me find my voice in writing and given me the confidence to say: I am a writer. Even if I’m still an amateur.

    I know I have a long way to go to be at the level all of you are at, but hey, that just means doing more prompts, which I really don’t mind.

    So here are my writing resolutions for 2014, short and sweet:

    1. Find a full-proof cure for writer’s block.
    2. Query (finally) for the novel I’ve been editing for 4 years. *Silent cringe*
    3. Start my first NaNoWriMo.
    4. Finish my first NaNoWriMo.
    5. Learn the correct way to type. (Seriously I have to, I got a “writer’s keyboard” for Christmas, and it’s awesome, but I don’t know how to use it)
    6. Enter at least one competition.
    7. Do my best to be my best.

    Hope you all had a great holiday season and happy, happy New Year!!!

    -PromptPrincess13

    Ps. Another resolution of mine is to come up with better usernames! Why? Because I just realized that now that 2014 is starting… the 13 at the end of my username makes no sense!

    • Observer Tim says:

      You don’t need a number, PromptPrincess, unless the one without a number is taken. Good luck on all of those goals; I pulled of 3, 4, and 6 for the first time ever in 2013. Each and every one is a major-league hoot!

      What is a “writer’s keyboard?” I tried looking it up, and saw an article extolling the virtues of mechanical keyboards, which might fit the bill.

      I for one (of many, I’m sure) look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

      • PromptPrincess13 says:

        I think it was taken without the number but I’m not sure. Anyway, i’ll just keep it, since 2013 was a pretty lucky year for me.

        The keyboard is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 v1.0. Its been called a keyboard for writers because since its ergonomic its very comfortable to write for hours and hours on and is designed to type faster. Its super comfortable which I’ve found to be pretty helpful when working through a long scene. I really recommend it, it just takes some getting used to.

        And thanks, likewise to you and everyone else.

    • calicocat88 says:

      Hey, I found this thingy that supposedly “cures’ writer’s block. The guy on there said allow yourself to write garbage. Don’t put on any of the pressure of writing something that’s any good or readable. Just write. It’s worked for me so far. We’ll see for how long though.

    • agnesjack says:

      It all sounds good to me. I, too, did #6 for the first time. It felt wonderful because it was a step forward. This forum is a lot of fun for me, too. The diversity of ideas for each prompt is inspiring. Hope 2014 is as lucky as 2013 for you.

    • don potter says:

      Your goals seem reasonable, attainable and measurable. Good luck in reaching them in the upcoming year.

    • Amy says:

      Your last resolution resonates, PromptPrincess. I think I may steal that one, since it’s something we could all benefit from. Thanks for sharing and good luck to you!

    • PeterW says:

      Hey, I like your resolutions, but skip number 6. Waste o’ money. Instead submit your stories to magazines. Its usually free and they select more pieces, unlike competitions who usual give out one or two prizes. Also submit to as many places as possible.
      I would also get rid of the 13, it makes it sound like either you are the 13th “PromptPrincess,” or you are 13 years of age.
      Happy News Year. glgl.

      • PromptPrincess13 says:

        @calicocat88, I’ll definitely be trying that! And I hope it keeps working for you! @PeterW, thanks for the suggestion, it sounds pretty good. Any specific magazines you would recommend to start off? I did try to change my username but it won’t allow me to…so I guess i’m stuck with it.

        Thank you for replying everyone! I wish you all the great success and creative inspiration you all so very much deserve! Happy New Year!

        -PromptPrincess

    • Clae says:

      Great goals. I’m sure you will accomplish them all. Write on!

  33. albojir says:

    I’m finishing a memoir about hurricane Katrina and in 2014 I resolve to get an agent and get it published. I also resolve to get the first draft of my first fiction novel completed along with actually posting some pieces on the blog I started some time ago. When I’m done with those things I plan to cure cancer and bring peace to the Middle East. I may start with the last two first since they seem easier.

  34. don potter says:

    As an ex-Adman, I believe in plans rather than resolutions. Ten years ago, I sold my interest in the ad agency I founded. A non-compete clause was part of the sale agreement. The sales opportunity developed quickly, so I found myself in immediate retirement.

    A few months off, I concluded, would allow me to put my future in focus; but my mind would not cooperate. I was like the proverbial fish out of water. A friend suggested I write a book about life on Madison Avenue and later in Los Angels to compare how the agency business differed on each coast. Who would read such a book?

    Then it dawned on me. Instead of writing another book about one’s life in advertising, why not draw on my experiences and those of others to write fiction using the ad business as the backdrop? And since I enjoyed mysteries, add that to the mix.

    It took the better part of two years to finish THE ADMAN. I enjoyed the experience so much I wrote a follow-up, MURDER ON MADISON AVENUE. By the time I finished the combined effort my three years of non-compete period was over, but I didn’t care. I found a new kind of writing career.

    While waiting to have my manuscripts wind their way through traditional publishing channels, I joined the Blogosphere, posting a daily article on PRE-BOOMERMUSINGS.COM. I started this site as a means of connecting with those of the forgotten generation that precedes the widely publicized Baby Boomers. This eventually led to the development of NEWSENIORS.COM an online magazine directed to those who have reached the early years of retirement.

    After a few years of not making the kind of progress I expected for my novels and determining that the blogging business was not for me, I put the site on hold and refocused my attention to fiction writing. While writing a collection of short stories, 9 MURDER MYSTERIES, I researched self-publishing and decided this was the way to go.

    Today, my books are sold worldwide through all the major e-book retailers. Paperback versions are available via Amazon. SPIN MASTERS, was released in January of 2013. DEADLY HONEYMOON, is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2014. All my novels are part of a related series but can be enjoyed as standalone stories as well. For more information check out my Web site: MYSTERIES4U.COM.

    Now, here are my plans for the upcoming year. I have at least one more in the series and have the outline prepared. I’ll start work on it right after the first of the year. In addition, I have a couple of other ideas in the development stage and will continue to add bits and pieces of information to the files until I’m ready to tackle one of the projects.

    At seventy-seven, I don’t know how many more stories I have in me but don’t intend to find out just yet. I plan to continue participating in the weekly writing prompt exercise. The discipline is helpful and the assignments are fun. Most of all, I enjoy reading your work and the comments you provide. Happy New Year to one and all.

  35. albojir says:

    I resolve to get an agent and get my memoir of hurricane Katrina published, finish the first draft of my first fiction novel and spend at least three hours a day working on the craft and improving my writing. After that I’ll find a cure for cancer and bring peace to the Middle East.

  36. jhowe says:

    Writing about my writing has turned out to be harder than I thought, but here it is. I started participating in this writing prompt forum about six months ago. I’ve posted 26 short stories, several of which I’m pleased with.

    Before this gig, I had written a handful of stories for my kids but nobody else ever saw them. A few years ago, I sold a business and decided to retire for some God knows what reason. It lasted a year and a half before I went back to work. It turns out that when you retire too young; there are many issues to deal with, self-esteem being at the top.

    During my retirement I wrote a novel. I like the story line and the general concept, but the novel, as a whole, sucks. I’m thinking about taking the lessons I’ve learned in this writing prompt forum and giving the book another go.

    If I do come up with the ambition, I think I’ll write in second person instead of first person. I faced many challenges with first person but I was able to bring out the personality of the MC nicely with this style. I’ll have to see what works when or if I get started again.

    I noticed that many of the participants in this forum have websites or blogs or some sort of writing site that one can click on. I’ve thought I might enjoy this kind of thing and I hope to start something this year. I hesitate to make it a resolution but maybe that’s the push I need. One thing I’ve learned lately is the power of the prompt.

    As far as resolutions go, I absolutely plan to write crisper, realistic dialog. No forced dialog for me thank you. Many of the writers on this site are excellent writers of the spoken word and I have learned a lot by reading their stories. I do believe I have improved in this area since I started.

    Another area I plan to improve upon is my fact checking. When writing about real people or historical events, I’ve found I tend to make shit up. My Lincoln assassination story really opened my eyes to this. It turns out that if you say that John Wilkes Booth had a brother named Isaak, and he didn’t, people tend to notice.

    Grammar is another area where I could always use some help, but I don’t see myself putting much effort into this. No matter how hard I try, I always miss something. It’s funny how many times you catch a mistake immediately after posting it. I’ll continue to work on my skills and hopefully the grammar will cooperate.

    Oh, and as another writer on this site said, I plan to quit showing my belly fat to my mother.

  37. Kerry Charlton says:

    WRITING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2014

    A little personal information. I started writing a little less than six years ago. It was my daughter Leslie’s wish that I do so and I started five days after she went to be with the angels in her prime of life at the age of forty four.

    I don’t mention this to make anyone sad or to feel that I am asking for anything, but merely to relate the mission I am on.

    For if I manage to touch one soul, one heart and one mind next year, I will have accomplished what my daughter wished of me. She is in my mind when I write and sometimes I feel she reads over my shoulder, shaking her long blonde hair either trying to prod me along or convince me to change course when I’m on the wrong pathway.

    This forum means a lot to me and I enjoy all the writer’s voices I read. Out from the teachings this forum provides, many of you will find yourselves recognized as excellent writers and well received by the public.

    I want to wish all of you on this forum a beautiful new year as we round the corner and start anew with hope, resolve, patience and love.

  38. PeterW says:

    Writing Prompt Resolutions
    1) Lose my virginity
    2) Visit writersdisgest.com only twice a week. To do the prompt, read some other responses, and quickly peek at the comments.
    3) Quit drinking so much by myself. I.e. no alcohol in my room.
    4) Keep exercising
    5) Less video games.
    6) Girlfriend?
    7) Read more.
    8) Search for a real(ish) job.
    9) Reduce nervous hand twitch
    10) Talk to more people
    11) Spend less time looking at myself in the mirror
    12) Stop pretending that my bed pillows are females
    13) Always either be coloring, stretching, or exercising while watching TV
    14) Be less critical of myself
    15) Go see Tool, Radiohead, or Bright Eyes live
    16) Join a writer’s group
    17) Continue voice lessons
    18) Restart therapy sessions
    19) Have a plan B in case a don’t get into Grad school (MFA)
    20) Be more aware of what I’m eating
    21) Organize my room
    22) Make monthly payments of student debts
    23) Visit Grandparents for a week
    24) Work on hugs
    25) Stop drinking coffee after 2pm
    26) Establish sleep schedule
    27) Be less critical of other people
    28) Keep writing
    29) Keep sending work to publishers
    30) Send work to publishers that don’t paid
    31) Go visit Lynda Barry
    32) Let my parents know that I actually love them
    33) Move out of my parents’ house
    34) Stop driving drunk
    35) Wear the suit coat I got last summer and haven’t wore yet
    36) Go to bed before 1 am
    37) Wake up before 10 am
    38) Stop sleeping through my alarm; maybe use cell alarm w/ the math problems
    39) Read “The Tin Drum” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.”
    40) Start seeing the psychiatrist again
    41) Stop missing doctors’ appointments
    42) Stop writing criticism like an asshole
    43) Play more volleyball
    44) Listen to music on quieter volume
    45) Keep running
    46) Buy more composition notebooks
    47) Do Lynda Barry X pages
    48) Keep a Lynda Barry style diary
    49) One short story a month
    50) Stop dreaming about being an established writer and work at it instead
    51) Go to every party I’m invited to
    52) Masturbate only once a week
    53) Get a necklace chain for my UU chalice
    54) Pack my own lunch instead of buying one
    55) Give away old clothes to charity
    56) Volunteer somewhere
    57) Strengthen my resume by volunteering somewhere
    58) Keep posting stuff on blog
    59) Improve blog—appearance
    60) Try to connect w/ others through blog
    61) Don’t eat cheese-its in bed, like I’m doing now
    62) Smile more
    63) Buy new volleyball shoes
    64) No drunk video games
    65) Go skiing
    66) Go sailing
    67) Stop showing my belly fat to my mom
    68) Eat more vegetables/less carbs/no soda
    69) Regular meal schedule
    70) Finish Swan’s Way
    71) Finish Gravity’s Rainbow, both in a timely manner
    72) Finish The Game, try some stuff in it
    73) Stop downloading music illegally
    74) Don’t smoke any weed
    75) Laugh more

    • jhowe says:

      That’s quite the list.
      Comments:
      Recommend 1,6 and 52
      34 is your best idea
      42 is working out better lately
      74 is debatable
      67 is a good idea, unless she likes it. Try 68. 69, 61, 43 and 4
      50 is something to think about; none of us here dream of being an established writer

    • seliz says:

      Whew, that’s a lot of resolutions. I think that with #14 you can cut yourself some slack with some of the things on your list. And I really like #62. I’ve noticed that when I make a conscious effort of have a smile be my default expression, people generally respond to me better.

    • agnesjack says:

      I think if you get the issue in #3 and #34 under control, all else will fall into place. My sister had a similar problem, but she’s doing great now because she focused on dealing with that one, self-destructive thing first.

      You’re such an amazing writer, Peter, when you’re focused. I wish you the best of luck in 2014.

      p.s. “Love in the Time of Cholera” is one of my all-time favorite books.

    • Amy says:

      That’s quite a tall order, PeterW. Good luck to you! (Now I see where the belly fat comes into play, jhowe.) Happy New Year, and keep on keepin’ on.

    • calicocat88 says:

      #15 just stands out for me. All are great, I just love 15.

  39. seliz says:

    Just a note: I realize the prompt says writing resolutions, however, my writing ties so closely with my life that I felt compelled to give a little background along with my *other* resolution as well. Feel free to skip this if this isn’t your cup of tea.

    ===========================================================================

    Like others, I have a slew of writing goals and aspirations. I could list those as my only resolutions, but that would be the easy answer. And yet, I’m at a place where I truly can’t move forward unless I dig a little deeper and deal with the tough stuff. That mean going back a little.

    Back to where two loving parents raised three children with strict christian morals.

    The eldest child rebelled. She cried for anyone to hear—stories of molestation and brutality. She was bullied at the church and found no solace at home. So she left the other two children and her parents.

    The second child was gifted at everything he did. He was handsome and witty, with friends at school and church. His biggest problem was his parents being too strict, and occasionally he considered his father some not very nice words.

    The third child had no such problems. She loved both her parents and longed to make them proud. She learned all that was expected of her and strove to meet those expectations. In the process, she lost a piece of herself. Her spirit was bound by unrealistic expectations and depression. Because, unlike her siblings, this child did things differently. She did things to keep other people happy, but she never took time to realize that she was important, too.

    Then something unexpected happened to the third child.

    She grew up. She moved away from her family and thought for herself.

    This child knew things could get messy—loved the beauty in the imperfections in life. She cherished the unexpected roads life took her. This side of her thrived away from her parents. This side of her fell in love and had a child—a child who in love she gave a better life.

    But there was one thing that plagued the girl’s happiness. She still hadn’t learned how to tell her parents. She hid her pregnancy; couldn’t overcome that fear of disappointing them.

    In one life, the girl saw her baby occasionally and strove to be the best person possible for the baby—her lost love.

    In the other life, the baby was never born and the third child was still the contrite traditional girl she used to be.

    But that life was a lie. She was simply afraid.

    So therein lies my resolution. I must take responsibility and give a name to that girl. I am the child who is caught between two worlds. My resolution is to take a step towards bringing the worlds together. It won’t happen overnight, but over the next year I will find some small way to let my family into my world.

    Oh, and I resolve to write more. That includes finishing my current novel and also writing short stories. Because the writing is what opened the doors and made the world magical. Writing is what gives me the confidence to find my own voice.

    • PeterW says:

      Hmmmm…This post makes me worried about you. Is the child a metaphor for writing or is it an actual child? Your eldest sister was possibly abused? Is she alright? Keep writing anyhow.

      • seliz says:

        Unfortunately,not a metaphor. My sister does say she was abused. She says all three of us were physically abused. In fact, she says I got the worst of it, but I have no memory of this at all. But she is all right. She moved out at a very young age, and she’s really coming into herself in adulthood.

        • PeterW says:

          Still confused about the baby though and the two lives (“I am the child caught between both worlds”). Are you saying you haven’t named your own child (‘give a name to that girl”)? I think what your saying is that you had a child but you don’t get to see her often… In your writing I suggest you work on clarity. Enjoy the present…it is really the only way to escape the trauma of life.

          • seliz says:

            I see what your saying with needing to work on clarity. I don’t often like to write about my life, so I try to make it a little vague. Though I didn’t mean to make it vague to the point of confusion (which I suppose I did). Oops!

    • jhowe says:

      I’m sure there are reasons that you struggle with as to why you have a part time child and why your family is not involved. I wish for you to find the strength to make it right. Good luck.

    • agnesjack says:

      There is much that I can relate to in your essay here. You are already finding your own voice, seliz. Just remember that people (parents) only have the power that you give to them.

      Good luck in the new year.

      • seliz says:

        Thank you. And your absolutely right about people only having the power you give them. For a long time, I’d given my parents a lot of power on my life. This year, while I want them to know more about the world I live in, I also don’t want to give them so much power over my life and emotions.

    • don potter says:

      I admire your courage. Keep writing; the answers will come.

    • Amy says:

      May you find the strength, courage, and compassion needed to achieve your goals, seliz. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  40. snuzcook says:

    1) Submit short stories to at least two contests and/or publications
    2) Begin a new novel with a powerful ending already penciled out (as opposed to writing the journey without knowing where the road is really leading)
    3) Rework the children’s anthology I wrote back in 2005 (or compile a new collection from more recent work) and get it in front of at least one expert for review

    A brief comment: Back in September this year when I first discovered the weekly prompts on WD, I had decided to give up on that part of me that identified itself as a writer. I had decided that my lack of craft was daunting and not a little bit embarrassing. Writing groups left me feeling exposed and foolish, and paid classes were simply not in my budget. How could I consider myself a writer when I was not improving? Participating on this site has led me to believe that I can find the inspiration and encouragement I need to keep going. And I have seen my own skills improve just because of the encouragement and constant practice. Thanks to all of you for the role you play in my work.

    • PeterW says:

      Most submissions are free or about 3 dollars and submissions by mail just cost postage. I.e. submit to lots of publications! The Review Review website has a huge list of them, so does Newpages.com. Rejection is pretty normal, so don’t worry about it. Good luck.

      • snuzcook says:

        Thanks, Peter, for the recommendations!
        Years ago I was writing and submitting children’s fiction to a slew of magazines, with multiple submissions in the pipeline at once. Ironically, when my first story was accepted for publication and then put into an anthology, I was discouraged. I had not liked that particular story; I had written it to spec and felt it lacked style and creativity. I lost faith in my muse. Giving me concrete recommendations is very helpful in getting me back in the swing.

    • jhowe says:

      Good resolutions snuzcook. I share your reasons for enjoying and benefitting from this forum.

    • agnesjack says:

      I, too, agree with your sentiments about this forum. It is an amazing group and I learn something every week.

    • seliz says:

      Good resolutions. I’ve never written a novel with the ending penciled out, but like you, I’d like to start. Let us know how that goes for you!

      • snuzcook says:

        Don’t know that it will be practical. But my three Nano novels were definitely weakest in the endings, so that is my challenge. But will it take some of the spontaneous latitude out of the creation of the body of the story?

    • don potter says:

      You write; therefore, you are a writer. And, the more you write the better writer you will be. I look forward to reading your posts in the year ahead.

    • Amy says:

      Good luck to you in the new year, snuzcook. Keep writing. ;)

      • Kerry Charlton says:

        Snuzcook, your last paragraph reflects my thoughts entirely about this forum. I feel very fortunate to be writing here. I also think I am finally beginning to write in a cohesive manner. I’m still in awe when I read the posts here, including yours.

        I’ve a long way to go toward my goal in being a writer and do not refer to myself as a writer but rather someone who writes for a hobby. I wish you a lot of success in the coming year and hope you will continue to post for you write wonderful stories here.

  41. nearmira says:

    To finish:

    Three spec scripts
    1 Novel
    1 feature
    a web series production.

    However, I’ll be happy if I finished two specs and the novel.
    lol

  42. agnesjack says:

    A little personal background, if you all will indulge me:

    I was in my early fifties when I went back to school to obtain a bachelor’s degree. I had a good job and wasn’t planning on changing careers, but the Associate’s degree I received in the 1970s felt like unfinished business. I also wanted to challenge my brain — learn something new. I decided to go for an English degree for no other reason except that it was what interested me. I went to Fordham, which has an excellent night school and a very diverse core curriculum. In addition to English and literature, I had to fulfill requirements in science, math, history, philosophy and, since Fordham is a Jesuit university, theology. It took me six years of night classes to finish. It was an extraordinary experience, the best part of which was that it rekindled my love of writing. Sometimes we get so caught up in the every day rituals and habits of life that we forget to make time for that which feeds our creative soul.

    Participating in the prompts on this site have been a godsend. I’ve already submitted a few stories to competitions. I’m close to retirement and writing seems to be a pretty good way to spend that time.

    So, here are my 2014 writing resolutions. THANK YOU, BRIAN, for forcing me to put them in writing, because now they are commitments, rather than vague dreams.

    1. Show the collection of short stories that I have been working on for the past few years to a friend who is a published writer, to get his honest feedback and advice on how best to pursue publication.

    2. Finish the play that I have been writing for years and submit it to various competitions and theater companies.

    3. Continue to submit my stories to competitions.

    4. Research agents who may be interested in my stories, and begin submitting query letters.

    5. Continue writing, writing, writing.

    I think that will be enough for 2014.

    HAPPY WRITING NEW YEAR to all of you. –Nancy

  43. swatchcat says:

    Roughly this time last year we all attempted the same writing exercise, this is what I wrote. As I hoped, I did find some mild success however, there were some dreadful failures. Ironically, it is through those failures that some odd successes came about. This year I can only hope, I will continue to work on this list and as more responsibilities come to pass, God will allow me the exceptional life he has granted me. Best wishes to you.

    Go to church more regularly/study my Bible more.

    Less caffeine more water (additionally-more exercise)

    Get a permanent job. No more of the temp. crap (adjustment-take what I can get)

    Write more

    Write in the blog I opened last year and never wrote in (try, try, try again)

    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

    • jhowe says:

      swatchcat,
      I tried clicking on your name which I assume takes me to the blog you mentioned. Nothing happened. Hmmm. Have you been keeping up with it? Good luck with your list. If you find a sure-fire way to lose the ten pounds, let me know.

    • agnesjack says:

      Is there anyone out there who doesn’t have to lose 10 pounds? (Oh, yes… ME. I’d like to lose at least 20. Drat you, middle age!).

      I like your resolutions, swatchcat. I temped for many many years, so I know what that is like. Good luck!

    • don potter says:

      I like the way you make writing part of your life instead of the other way around. There’s a good chance that getting your house in order will have a positive effect on your writing.

    • Amy says:

      Good luck to you, swatchcat. Family is something I need to focus on, as well. Happy New Year to you.

    • Clae says:

      All of the above! Think I’ll just throw a “ditto” on most of this and make it my list, haha. Hope you have a blessed and productive 2014!

  44. JRSimmang says:

    Resolutions, numbered in no particular order, and may or may not be actual resolutions:

    - Clean the gutters… and be done forever.
    - Renovate the garage to be a personal gym.
    - Say I’m going to use said gym and never do.
    - Eat more chocolate with friends, because chocolate should be shared.
    - Learn to speak to birds.
    - Master deep breathing while asleep.
    - Tell my wife I love her every single day until she gets that worried look in her eyes.
    - Finish a book of poetry… again.
    - Tell more people that I AM a writer, and I’ll NEVER grow up.
    - Be eccentric, by, like, wearing argyle socks.
    - Stop making resolutions.

    I’ve found that in the past, if I don’t make a list, I’m more inclined to accomplish great things. So, in all, I think my resolution for this upcoming year is to live as if my hair were on fire… without the actual burning. But, I suppose that would defeat the metaphor. So, this year’s resolution is to live as if my hair is covered in non-burny, life-flame, that works to motivate and not scar me. There. Resolution conquered.

    I hope everyone has muchos success in the upcoming year. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think this forum has seen so many talented individuals that are just going to blow the fecking chains off the writing world’s mansion gates this year. Adios, 2013. Mele kamikilaka, 2014!

  45. NoBlock says:

    I am fairly new to writing, so my goal for the new year is to continue writing as often as I can and to not get discouraged when I encounter a block or bad writing on my part.

    Happy New Year!

  46. Miriamrae says:

    I’d like to have rough drafts on two YA novel’s that are floating in my brain now (I have over 100 pages of the first one already). I’d also like to submit to a few writing contests, either in Writer’s Digest or in another platform. I know that these goals are attainable, I’m excited to get started!

  47. Kath says:

    I would like to have the first drafts of both book 1 and book 2 of my 4 book series done. And I want to submit more flash fiction to ALongStoryShort in the up coming year of 2014. KPriebe.

  48. Observer Tim says:

    I resolve to write no less than 104 “short short” stories (250-1500 words) during the calendar year 2014. That’s an average of two per week, and is in addition to any other writing I do (like the two reference books I’m working on).

    • PeterW says:

      Writing Prompt Resolutions
      1) Lose my virginity
      2) Visit writersdisgest.com only twice a week. To do the prompt, read some other responses, and quickly peek at the comments.
      3) Quit drinking so much by myself. I.e. no alcohol in my room.
      4) Keep exercising
      5) Less video games.
      6) Girlfriend?
      7) Be more confident
      8) Search for a real(ish) job.
      9) Reduce nervous hand twitch
      10) Talk to more people
      11) Spend less time looking at myself in the mirror
      12) Stop pretending that my bed pillows are females
      13) Always either be coloring, stretching, or exercising while watching TV
      14) Be less critical of myself
      15) Go see Tool, Radiohead, or Bright Eyes live
      16) Join a writer’s group
      17) Continue voice lessons
      18) Restart therapy sessions
      19) Have a plan B in case a don’t get into Grad school (MFA)
      20) Be more aware of what I’m eating
      21) Organize my room
      22) Make monthly payments of student debts
      23) Visit Grandparents for a week
      24) Work on hugs
      25) Stop drinking coffee after 2pm
      26) Establish sleep schedule
      27) Be less critical of other people
      28) Keep writing
      29) Keep sending work to publishers
      30) Send work to publishers that don’t paid
      31) Go visit Lynda Barry
      32) Let my parents know that I actually love them
      33) Move out of my parents’ house
      34) Stop driving drunk
      35) Wear the suit coat I got last summer and haven’t wore yet
      36) Go to bed before 1 am
      37) Wake up before 10 am
      38) Stop sleeping through my alarm; maybe use cell alarm w/ the math problems
      39) Read “The Tin Drum” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.”
      40) Start seeing the psychiatrist again
      41) Stop missing doctors’ appointments
      42) Stop writing criticism like an asshole
      43) Play more volleyball
      44) Listen to music on quieter volume
      45) Keep running
      46) Buy more composition notebooks
      47) Do Lynda Barry X pages
      48) Keep a Lynda Barry style diary
      49) One short story a month
      50) Stop dreaming about being an established writer and work at it instead
      51) Go to every party I’m invited to
      52) Masturbate only once a week
      53) Get a necklace chain for my UU chalice
      54) Pack my own lunch instead of buying one
      55) Give away old clothes to charity
      56) Volunteer somewhere
      57) Strengthen my resume by volunteering somewhere
      58) Keep posting stuff on blog
      59) Improve blog—appearance
      60) Try to connect w/ others through blog
      61) Don’t eat cheese-its in bed, like I’m doing now
      62) Smile more
      63) Buy new volleyball shoes
      64) No drunk video games
      65) Go skiing
      66) Go sailing
      67) Stop showing my belly fat to my mom
      68) Eat more vegetables/less carbs/no soda
      69) Regular meal schedule
      70) Finish Swan’s Way
      71) Finish Gravity’s Rainbow, both in a timely manner
      72) Finish The Game, try some stuff in it
      73) Stop downloading music illegally
      74) Don’t smoke any weed
      75) Laugh more

    • agnesjack says:

      Wow. I’m impressed, Tim. Good luck.

    • Observer Tim says:

      Compared with the later responses to this prompt, now I feel like a slouch. My life-changing resolutions I usually save for Ash Wednesday, but I think there might be a few more lurking…

      i) Try to write a novel made up of shorter stories. I know it’s already been done, but that just means it’s possible.

      ii) See if any of the pen & paper RPG plots I’ve invented over the years translate into usable stories.

      iii) For that matter, see if any of the game settings I put together (Greatsea, the Terran Federation, Demonspace, the Night Train to Eternity) can be salvaged for use as backdrops.

      iv) Make it to my sixth rebirthday (July 23, 2014 – six years since I spent several minutes dead).

      v) Try to entertain and inspire others as much as is in me to do.

      vi) To visit Writer’s Digest daily, rather than working it in around my schedule.

      vii) To be more critical of myself, not for hurtful purposes but to encourage growth.

      viii) Bring back roman numerals!

      • agnesjack says:

        Number iv) is such a blessing, Tim, as I’m sure you know, and I hope you make it to many more rebirthdays, so you can accomplish all your other goals.

        I’m curious… did the athazagoraphobia occur after the event of 7/23/14?

        • Observer Tim says:

          No, it goes back to childhood. I was a quiet child, it probably would be called Asperger’s Syndrome today. At about 8 or 9 (I don’t exactly remember) I and my sister were at a Christmas party; my mother got busy and forgot to pick us up until she was called and reminded. My sister had a great adventure; I was devastated. The phobia’s been my companion ever since, though the attacks are moderately rare.

          I actually look back on Reboot Day (7/23/08) as one of the happiest events of my life. My memories only started again three days afterward, but I’m told I was a riot in the ambulance. Thinking about it makes me smile.

    • don potter says:

      That’s enough words for a novel. You display the kind of discipline we should all seek. Keep on keeping on in 2014.

    • Amy says:

      Good luck on your short stories, Tim. I’m sure you’ll have no trouble. Happy New Year.

  49. BBuckland says:

    This past year was one of the best years of my life. In March I married my best friend and in September we had our first child; his name is Sawyer Thomas. It will be hard to top 2013, but my New Years’s resolution is to find a better job and to complete my first novel. I am hard at work on my first draft right now and if everything goes according to plan, I will have no problem finishing it. Whether it is good or not, is yet to be seen. Happy holidays!

  50. yilinw says:

    My goal is to write a novel of publishable quality and have it ready to submit by the end of 2014. I have been writing for a long time, but mostly working on short stories, poetry, and the drafts of a few novels that were later abandoned. This year, I would like to dedicate myself to writing and finishing a well-written novel.

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