My writing friend Liz Prato, a wonderful teacher and author, sent out a very inspirational email this week about setting writing resolutions for 2012.
“How can you accomplish a goal if you don’t articulate it?” she wrote. “You’re also way more likely to meet your goals if you write them down, make them specific, and make them attainable.”
I’ve been thinking about her message ever since. I’m not much of a resolution-setter and I’ve never tried a daily (or monthly) word count goal. Coffee is a better motivation… and focusing on whatever scene I am working on at the moment. But Liz’s essay reminded me that it is important to set concrete goals–as opposed to my plan to “keep writing regularly.” She also advocates listing ways you plan to accomplish those goals, i.e. estimating how much time you expect yourself to write per week, what classes you might take to improve your skills, etc.
In search of more inspiration, I turned to some of my favorite blogs to see how other writers are voicing their 2012 resolutions.
- Maggie Madly Writing has compiled an ambitious list of writing goals, including reading 75 books this year.
- Emma Burcart resolves to be kinder to herself. I love this one!
- Nina Badzin discusses her own eating habits and prepares to launch a 2012 blog series, “hobbies and habits,” complete with guest authors weighing in.
- Myndi Shafer–after debating about whether she wanted to post her resolutions–shared four wonderful ones, including “I will play.”
- Although Anthony Lee Collins’ “Weekly Writing Progress” post isn’t about year-end resolutions per se, it’s a remarkably full and clear-headed look at his current writing priorities and it’s an excellent example of not only setting goals, but making them attainable. His range of projects is inspirational, too, and a good reminder that we should allow ourselves to go where the energy is.
- This isn’t a New Year’s resolution so much as a reminder to moms who struggle to find writing time amid their many family focused duties. Holly Robinson posts her insights, and a charming piece of advice once given to her by Grace Paley, over at Women’s Fiction Writers.
After reading all these wonderful posts, I will likely spend the last few days of 2011 narrowing down some concrete writing goals for 2012.
What are your 2012 resolutions? How do you plan to define your writing expectations for the year?