Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Resolution Paradox

Do you make resolutions? I feel like I go through this every year. I probably change my mind about how I feel about them every year too. Yes, I make resolutions! No, no way. Resolutions never pan out, why make them? Maybe.... I could try to make a few....

I never stick to resolutions. There, I said it. I just don't. RESOLUTION sounds so... definite. Which I guess is the point, but to avoid setting myself up for disappointment, I think I'll just make note of a few writerly things that would be pretty cool if they happened in 2012.

  • Finish a first draft of my current WIP - I'm coming up on 60k words TODAY (1,645 words to go), so that next 10k or so to wrap everything up should be a January BREEZE. But you know, I thought I'd have the whole thing done last July, so, I'm hoping this is more than wishful thinking.
  • Revise revise revise and query said WIP - *bites nails prematurely* 
  • Get an agent - I got a B&N gift card for Christmas (Several) and one of the things I bought with them is the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents. I've thumbed through it and it seems useful. But first my plan is to research the agents of authors that I've heard of and love, because, well, obviously their agent gets it. LOL. 
  • Finish a first draft of the WIP I started in, what, 2010?? The one who's characters keep nudging at me saying, please tell our story. It's good. We promise. I'm actually really itching to get back to that one. But my Italy story is rolling right along right now, so I'm not stopping until it's done and in my Beta's hands.
Then of course, more personally, there's the old standby to lose weight. But, as DL points out in this fantastic BLOG POST, we're insane if we keep making the same resolutions without changing up our method. We set ourselves up to fail them every year because doing the same thing over and over and expecting different outcomes is INSANE. I took the bull by the horns BEFORE the New Year, and started my workout reboot a month ago. No resolution there. Just a lifestyle change. Now to just stick with it....  

Any writerly aspirations for 2012? I'm still just SO pumped about what this year has in store, I can't explain why. Does it feel like you're just standing on the edge of something really exciting?? 

However you ring in the New Year, please be safe out on the roads especially! Not everyone is as smart as you are. ;)


  1. Happy new year! I love the concept of resolutions and admire anyone who can complete them. Good luck in 2012! :)

  2. Great post! I love DL's perspective--that is so true. Here's to a new year filled with exciting things, Kristin! :)

  3. I like those resolutions, especially since a lot of them involve me getting to read more #pippa! (And hopefully more #anemone???? That's the one you're talking about, right?) I think we share some resolutions. I REALLY want to finish my WIP and query this year :) It'll be my second time querying, but hopefully, this one will be a lot more successful than the first round. lol

  4. Happy New Year, Kristin! I wish you loads of success with your goals. Here's hoping 2012 brings awesomeness for us all. =o)

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  6. I made no resolutions for this year, because I don't stick to them anyway. But my writing goal is to finish two WIPs.

    Happy New Year! And I wish the best for you on these goals.

  7. I'm with you on the resolutions. I NEVER complete any of my resolutions, so none for me this year. However, I am making a lot of (non new year resolution) life style changes this year. I'm all about the things I can control. If I can control it and need to change it... well, it's getting changed.

    I'm really looking forward to 2012. I thought it was just me, but it seems a lot of people feel the magnetic pull of fabulousness awaiting us during 2012. It's going to be a good year!