I’ve given up on resolutions decades ago, because I never keep them. Although once I became a full time writer, I do have a couple of beginning-of-the-year rituals. First, I check off my goals for the ending year and see how many I met. I then come up with new writing goals, both attainable ones and blue sky. I type them up and tape them on the wall. I might say that one of my blue sky goals ever since I began writing was to become a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author. I met that goal in 2012 with A Texas Christmas. Now I’ll have to add another blue sky goal for 2013.
My second ritual is to clean my office, put away files, and even dust shelves, getting all ready for the new year. Since I have revisions due on a new eKensington contemporary by February 1st and a new book to write by April 1st, I won’t be able to tarry long with the cleaning part of my ritual … thank goodness!
I asked each of the Fillies for their resolutions and I have some to share with you all.
Margaret Brownley: My resolutions are the same every year.
Limit time spent on the open range. The www dot brand sure can waste a lot of time.
Lose the extra five pounds on my hips. From now on, I’ll pack only one gun instead of two.
Clean out closets. Nothing (or no one) should hang that doesn’t deserve to be hung.
And finally: Stop holding up shopping carts and forcing people to buy my book.
Victoria Bylin: My New Year’s Resolution is to write first thing in the morning. We’re talking 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., so I need an extra dose of will power. No late nights, at least until the book is finished!
Tanya Hanson: To thank God every day for our three beautiful new bathrooms! (I’d include “try to lose weight” but that annual resolution always crashes like the Titanic by January 15…)
Mary Connealy: Last year for the first time in a long time I made a New Years Resolution.
I resolved to do a better job of getting to my local RWA group meetings.
I love going but I always have an excuse not to hop in that car bright and early on a Saturday morning and take a 1 1/2 hour drive.
But I wanted to do better.
And I feel like I did well.
So I resolve to keep attending meetings.
Beyond that, I can think of a thousand things about myself to change but let’s face it, first and foremost would be ‘self-discipline’ and without that, none of the other’s is going to happen.
Renee Ryan: I’m not much for resolutions. Mainly because I never seem to be able to keep them. So, here are my new ones.
Have a heart for God,
A passion for His Word,
A hunger to know Him more,
A compassion for His people; and
A desire to serve Him.
I figure if I have those, everything else will fall into place.
Charlene Sands: My new year’s resolution is to keep my fingers on the keyboard, my hands out of the refrigerator and my legs on the elliptical trainer. Oh, and to spend EVEN more time with my little kidlets!
Elizabeth Lane: My NY resolution (a necessity). Kick my writing output up to 1,000 words a day and try to maintain my sanity while doing so.
Karen Witemeyer: Mine are usually similar each year.
Pursue deeper relationships with my Lord and my family.
Write the best book I possibly can.
Though if I had to pick, I’d steal Margaret’s. 🙂
Linda Broday: I want to complain less, write more and count my blessings every day.
After I read the other Fillies’ resolutions, I stole several of them, so I’d have some resolutions not just rituals.
First, Margaret’s, I need more than five pounds off my hips, so I’ll have to leave both of my Colts home, as well as my Winchester.
Also, thought Margaret’s idea about not holding up shopping carts and making the shopper buy my books is a wonderful resolution, but then I’d have to break resolution #1.
Lastly, since I’m on deadline, I briefly considered Vicky’s resolution, but the 4:30 a.m. knocked me off the block. Now I can handle the 7 a.m. and totally agree with the late nights. I think most writers when they are immerged into a story have the same problem about late nights; the characters are simply not on the same sleep schedule as we are and love to come out and play in the middle of the night. I can’t count the times I’ve jumped up and either jotted down something they said or actually came to my writing room, booted the computer, and wrote a while because of my characters’ insomnia which then creates the same problem for me.
What is your New Year’s resolution? And, do you typically keep them?
From all the Fillies at Wildflower Junction,
including our beloved Jasper and Felicia,
may you have a Happy and Prosperous 2013!