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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon December 1, 2013 - 11:35am

Does anyone else do New Year's writing resolutions? What are they?

I do, and other resolutions too. Sometimes I even make it. Best to have a goal to shoot for even if you only make it partway in the end, right?

Still thinking about mine. I like them to be under my control so sometimes they're hard to write. For example "get a book published" is not under my control since I can't control if it gets accepted or not (unless it's self published). But "finish a book and query 50 agents/publishers" is under my control, so I'd word it like that, for that example.

Other resolutions welcome too. Especially the hilarious personal ones.  :p

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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon December 23, 2013 - 2:45am



I'm still working on mine.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated December 23, 2013 - 7:50am

I write a bunch of little ones on the mirror and erase them as I get them done.  Last year I got like 130 out of 150 I think.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer December 23, 2013 - 9:03am

I want to finish my Master's degree. I should be done at the end of the summer.

Write at least one short story a month.

Finish the first draft of an unfinished novel.

Write a new novel.

Begin edits on a previous novel and novella.

Submit at least one story a month.

That all sounds like a lot of stuff writing it out like that.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel December 23, 2013 - 12:28pm

In no particular order...

Apply for a MFA Creative Writing program at my top fifty.

Apply for a Masters in Philosophy program at my top fifty.

Complete my GREs

Spend the next year polishing three stories for the submission to MFA program

Write one amazing philosophy research paper.

Apply for teaching position in Inner city Baltimore.

Pass all 16 college classes I will take this year.

And.....basically just do everything to become the baddest MF on the planet.

Yeah, that's about it...for now.


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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami December 23, 2013 - 12:53pm

At the moment, finish a short story collection by the end of next year. I'm not expecting a huge collection, just maybe thirteen stories. I'm already sort of half way there.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore December 23, 2013 - 1:03pm

No writing goals. Gonna coast on that for a while, see if any ideas are still clawing at my door later on, or if there's demand for them. What I need to be doing is putting a major dent in my unwieldy to-read stack. Maybe find a nice local girl who doesn't stick to the suburban script. Party my face off at AWP. And discover whether the hokey-pokey really is what it's all about.

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Angel Colón from The Bronx now living in New Jersey is reading A Big Ol' Pile of Books December 23, 2013 - 6:54pm

For 2014 I'm going to get over my fear of printing this damn manuscript and start my novel's first revision.

Also on deck:  writing new pieces, submitting other pieces and training for my third and fourth marathons.

Will probably also get my hands on Russian River's Pliny the Elder as well.


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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon December 28, 2013 - 3:50pm

Great goals in this thread so far. :)

We should revisit at the end of 2014.

Dwayne, I love the idea of putting a bunch of little ones on the mirror. I think I will copy cat your idea. Can't forget them that way and much more likely to get done in little bits. The one year I did great things with my resolutions (well great in my own mind anyway!) I looked over the list every morning and it kept it on my mind.

And...I'm still considering mine.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons December 28, 2013 - 6:57pm

My resolutions are this year are all about writing. I lost weight and got the healthy kick last year. So for 2014:   1) Slow down. Let things simmer. Don't be so impatient. 2) Write every day. I have been terrible about not getting on schedule. I want to write when I feel moved to do so, when my day job is finished, when the house is clean, etc. When I do sit down and start writing, I can't stop. But I don't "start" often enough.  3) Remember to more often think like a writer. Listen to dialogue, watch the world more closely and not get caught up in myself. Enjoy every moment because the moment, good or bad can be put in a story if you think of it that way. 4) spend more time with my fabulous mother, who is 75 and plays tennis and bridge and reads like crazy. Spend more time with my son, a science guy, who is about to graduate college and is a bit panicked about what life will offer. Okay that resolution isn't so much about writing but in a way it is. I'm listening to the stories of my mother and son, who can provide a lot!  5) enjoy life. 

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt December 28, 2013 - 9:37pm

My new year's resolutions is always to get good about a daily writing routine. I've started early and I'm proud to say that I've been doing it for about a week now. I'm making it easy on myself and not setting a minimum wordcount, although I do aim for at least 100 words. So far, just this week, I've written about 2000 words. 

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Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb December 29, 2013 - 10:29am

I've got loads of resolutions but I'll share the writing ones:

- Finish novel draft 3 by the end of February at the very latest.

- Write one shorter story draft a month - 4000 words limit but preferably shorter.

- Send some work out and get some rejections. Seriously, 9 years I've been writing as a hobby now and I don't have one rejection to my name. What's wrong with that picture?!

- Start novel draft 4 (yeah, I think it needs another one, but it's going to take a gap of at least 4-6 months between 3 and 4 for me to really know.)

- Maybe most importantly: quit being so fucking defeatest and shut the self-doubt out a lot more.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig December 29, 2013 - 12:16pm

I kind of find the culture around NY Resolutions to be silly, so I don't participate. It just so happens that as January approaches I am finishing the first major revisions on my novel and have started notes on the next. So, get the WIP fully revised, out to betas, ready for query then query it are all goals for the next 6-9 months, and I'm hoping to get a workable first draft for the other project done this year, but I'm taking on something that's a bit challenging, so I won't be too upset if I "fail" at that.

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Christopher G from Australia is reading The Dervish House December 30, 2013 - 6:51pm

12 months is too long for me so I chunk things up into smaller bites.

Currently I want to get my first draft of a "drabble anthology" finished by 13th January.

It's 100x100 word stories, precisely 100 words per story.

As I've written it I've gotten ideas for other writing projects, stories etc. The temptation is to stop the 100. I'm doing and start those, but I have to avoid that temptation, it's the reason I have so many unfinished things.

my next goal would be to "do something" with it before I get married. (feb 11). i need to explore what I could do with it, self publishing, etc, ashamed about my own lack of clarity around the next step but it is what it is.




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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk December 31, 2013 - 2:25am

Like many not really into the whole resolutions thing but...

2013 writing wise was tough and bit of an uphill learning curve, so I'm just going to keep going, keep doing courses and see what happens :)