New Year’s Resolutions for Writers–Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Alone


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“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.” — Anais Nin

Here we are on the last day of the year once again. Whether 2011 has been a banner year for you, or one you’re glad to see go by, New Year’s Day always seems like the perfect day to begin everything anew. We seem to have adopted this custom of making resolutions about what we will do differently, or better in the new year. As writers, we make grand statements about finishing that novel that we shoved into a desk drawer, or submitting more proposals, or even writing a certain number of words every day. But along with setting these gigantic, earth-shattering resolutions, comes the dismal reality a few weeks into the new year, when all of our old habits have crept back in and we are right back where we started from. Becoming filled with self-loathing from not having done what we promised to do is not exactly conducive to writing more.

A few years ago I ended my annual ritual of writing elaborate new years resolutions. Instead I set a few goals that if I achieved them would make a positive and lasting impact on my life and the lives of those around me. I know that many people still make New Year’s resolutions. I did a little round-up of seven different blog posts on the topic so that you can get a taste of how other writer’s face the issue of whether or not to set New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s Resolutions for Writers from the How to Write Shop

New Year’s Resolutions for Writers Who Want to Be Read

Joe Konrath’s Resolutions for Writers | The Passive Voice

10 Bad New Year’s Resolutions for Writers from Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour

5 New Year’s Resolutions For Writers from

New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

I’ll end with a quote by Joey Adams which says, “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!” Regardless of whether you love New Year’s resolutions, or if you leave them alone and just plunge head-first into the new year determined to simply do your best and write as much as possible, I wish you a happy, safe, and prolific New Year!

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