Friday, December 30, 2011

Resolutions

It's that time of year again, when peeps are thinking of ways to improve themselves or their lives, set some goals, set aside some regrets, etc. Or it can be a chance to reflect on how far we've come. I think it's a healthy habit to get into--noting our progress before dreaming up new expectations for ourselves.

I just finished an online workshop on publishing options in the brave new pubbing world, and it was really motivating and informative. Setting realistic goals was one of the topics we discussed. What the instructors, Bob Mayer and Jen Talty, suggested, is starting small and making it concrete. For example, I wouldn't set my goal as hitting the NYT bestseller list when I don't even have a book out yet, or just released one. I want to set goals like viable marketing plans, completing WIPs, and beta exchanges.

Once I've written down and accomplished a feasable goal, I move onto the next. 

Baby steps.

Usually, my new year's resolution is not to make any resolutions. Yeah, yeah I know... lame-o. 
But this year my goal is simple: write a really kick-butt story. Even if it means going backward to move forward. 2011 was a great year. I saw many writer friends find success with their work, and I'm so elated for them. I think many more of you will do the same. 

No matter what your goal is, I'm wishing you much success as you take your baby steps to reach it. I'll be here stepping along with you. I have tons of info to share with you in the coming weeks .... more from Mary Kole's YA/MG webinar and more on digital publishing. And hopefully, a project launch within the next couple months. 

So out with the old, and in with the new!

Let's make it a fantastic 2012! Thanks for being a part of my writerly world. :)

37 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And I have no doubt you'll write a kick-butt story. Here's to the New Year!

Old Kitty said...

Yay for such a kick-butt resolution!!! Of course you'd do it too and more! Take care
x

Mary said...

What a great goal, and one I know you will do well with.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Miranda Hardy said...

I hope we both accomplish all we set out to do in the next year. I'm all about baby steps. It's been an informative a productive few years, but I'm hoping 2012 will be the year I can finally push something forward.

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

My goal is to end the year with more money in my bank account than I have in there now. Oh and to lose a few pounds. Cliche I know.

Akoss said...

I agree with the baby steps. I used to be one to set goals but I've changed my mind this time around.
Yappy New Year 2012 to you and I wish you all the best and hopefully a lot of awesome too :)

William Kendall said...

I don't make any formal resolutions myself...

Happy New Year, PK!

Leslie Rose said...

I work so much better with goals/resolutions to make myself accountable. My writing partners and I have started sharing monthly goals so we can cheer each other on. I like the focus of your goal. Here's to 2012 and a kick-butt story.

Catherine Stine said...

I'm sure you'll write an interesting story!
My resolutions? I like the idea of realistic goals. 1. Be grateful for the things that come my way 2. Be kind to people, and to myself 3. Do my best not to get overwhelmed 4. Balance out doing publicity for my new book with working on my writing in progress.

Christine Rains said...

I debated making resolutions, but I didn't do any this year and I didn't write as much as I would have liked. Good luck and happy new year! :)

Jay Noel said...

I am sure you will write that kick-butt story of yours this year. Looking forward to it, Pk.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

DL Hammons said...

I'm with you! 2012...here we come!!!! :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A great goal.

Happy 2012 I wish you health and happiness.

Yvonne.

Stephen Tremp said...

I know what I need to do for 2012 and have them written down as goals, not necessarily resolutions. Happy New Year to you and yours and may you find health and prosperity!

Susan Oloier said...

Your goal is the best! I want to start the new year with baby steps, too. Thanks for the inspiration, Pk.

McKenzie McCann said...

I think it's best to set realistic goals along with unrealistic ones. You have to dream big once in a while, right?

Norma Beishir said...

I made a resolution to make no resolutions....

Happy New Year, PK!

Rachel Pudelek said...

Here's to a wonderfully writerly new year!

Donna Yates said...

Love your resolution - very practical. Happy New Year.

BragonDorn said...

I agree out with the good and in with the great!

jamieayres said...

I always like to start the new year be getting rid of something that's taking up too much of my time (last year it was exercise, oops, that was a mistake) & then go big. I say go big, or go home! I'm not upset if I don't make my goals if I tried my best. It's like that quote, Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars:) ~Cheers & best of luck to you!

Laura said...

happy new year- I hope you had a fab one - and here's to lots of fun as we take those baby steps!
Lx

Rachel Morgan said...

Happy new year! All the best with writing a kick ass novel this year. I've got quite a lot on my resolution plate, but I'm going to make it work!

LTM said...

Good luck with that kickin story. I know you can do it!!! And here's hoping the best for all of us in 2012. No resolutions required~ :o) <3

Nathalie Schiltz said...

Happy New Year!
I'll beta read ya anytime, you know it! ;)

It's only a matter of time before your work hits the shelves.

Paul Tobin said...

I am sure you will write a kick butt story, everyone has a different path, we meander along our own, there is no backwards, there's just now. Happy New Year PK.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

You are so right, we've come a long way this year!!! That is an awesome resolution too! Have fun doing so.

Happy New Year! In honour of my blog’s first anniversary, I have an award for you on my site. Stop by to share the magic. Hugs.

Tanya Reimer said...

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