New Year's Writing Resolutions: These Are Ours, Now Show Us Yours
It's a new year, and you know what that means: Time to make resolutions that we will abandon in a month!
Seriously though, this is a good time to take stock of what we've accomplished in 2011 and decide what we want to focus on in 2012. So in the spirit of the season, here are writing resolutions from the LitReactor staff. Check 'em out, and share your writing resolution in the comments. This way, we can all hold each other accountable.
To sell a feature script in 2012.
To write more and stay focused on one project at a time, till it's done.
To read more classic literature.
I'm going to work on building my author platform more seriously. Right now, there are two or three constantly popular articles on my site — I want to increase traffic to those articles and to keep generating interesting content. Caleb J Ross, the author of the LitReactor January Book Club selection, alerted his readers to a book called Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz. It's a great book, and it breaks down the important steps towards growing a fan base. By the time my book is released this year, I want to have a solid plan; and I'm going to stick to it. The internet has changed things and you can't rely on just being "discovered" without having put the needed effort in.
By this time next year, I hope to have managed to write something completely different from what I'm used to working on — maybe a thriller, or a sci-fi novella, or something. It doesn't need to be published. What it needs to be is interesting to an outsider like me.
Get contract signed for Vanity
Finish writing Good Sex, Great Prayers and have it sold by June
Read Infinite Jest
Publish six shorts that pay cash--not 'notoriety'
Shave Chuck Klosterman's beard off
Query out my first novel.
Produce something every single day, even if it's jotting down a few quick notes on a work in progress.
By the end of this year, have a workable draft of my next novel, five completed short stories, and Josh Bazell's autograph.
Prove that Brandon Tietz is really a family of badgers in a human suit.
I resolve to write with more emphasis on quality of content, rather than clickability of links...no matter what my editors say.
My resolution for 2012 is to find an agent, not just for my second novel, Disintegration, but for all of my work moving forward. In lieu of an agent, I'd love to sell Disintegration to a cool, professional small press that cares about its writers and knows what they're doing. I resolve to keep pushing with my short stories, especially the ones that I wrote for my MFA thesis. I have a secret novella project in the works as well, and I hope it finds a good home. I'm also trying to start my third novel, Incarnate, a bit of dark magical realism (about 6,000 words in), and I've kind of lost the thread that binds it together, so I hope I can find it. I plan on wrapping up my MFA in June, and once that is done, I hope to find a teaching gig someplace close to me here in Chicago. Above and beyond those monsters, I just want to have fun, support other writers, and read as much as possible. I have great communities supporting me here at LR, as well as The Nervous Breakdown, The Velvet, and Write Club, so I feel very lucky.
This year I resolve to spend as much time writing for myself as I spend writing for other people.
My writing resolution is to find a story, stick with it, and not pinball around like I have ADD whenever writing gets tough or a new idea rears its head.
I resolve not to add to the already abundant and exhaustive publishing 'how-to' advice blog writing that is keeping writers from writing unless it is absolutely necessary.
I'm going to get my latest book - a comic novella with cocktail recipes - into some form of publication come hell or high water. It's just too goofy to fail. I must make someone in a position of authority see this and act upon it.
I will write more. That means I will try to write every day, but not kick myself if I just can't do it, or if I hate what I write, or if I don't finish everything I start. I don't want to make excuses for myself, but I don't want to put myself on the cross when I have a bad writing day either.
I will read more. More newspapers, more articles, more new novels, more classics. This is one of the best and easiest ways to stay sharp and informed.
I will not convince myself that I'm not a writer because words don't always flow freely from my brain to the page. In the words of Harlan Ellison "If it were easy, everybody would do it."
I will publish at least two blogs a week on my personal web site for the entire year.
I resolve not to overextend myself by saying "yes" to everything, which is why I let Rob handle this post. Sucker!
To get back into the habit of writing every day. For the past three months I've really been slacking.
Now let's get to work. We only have 352 days until a geomagnetic reversal destroys the human race.
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