Writing Resolve, 2015 Edition

05d80Literary Rejections posted this great list of 12 resolutions for a writer. As any other doe-eyed person on January 1, I get excited by the prospect of resolutions. The difference in my list is that I got specific, so I could go from being just doe-eyed to being the doe who got hit by a car, then hit the car back. Come at me, 2015!

1. Write at least 15 minutes a day. Most days I will surpass this, because fifteen minutes into a writing session, I want to keep going. However, on the days when I work 12 hours, knowing I only need to write fifteen minutes to keep the channel open will make it easier not to feel guilty if I that’s all I can afford for the day.

2. Complete the Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge. You can follow my progress here.

3. My ninth grade students are required to read about 20 minutes a day from a book of their choice for my English class. If I expect that from them, I should be able to at least do that, right? Again, like with #1, I’ll likely go longer than that. Right now, I average about 40 minutes a day.

4. Attend four writing events: writing retreat (March), Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Iowa City Book Festival (October), and Prairie Writer’s Day (November).

5. Exercise thirty minutes a day. I love that this one was on the list. It keeps your life in balance, helps with stress and creativity, connects your mental self with your physical self, and restores that spine, so you can get back to writing!

6. Finish NaNoWriMo WIP that I love so much it scares me.

7. Get rejected more by continuing to send out my finished manuscript. Acceptance would be nice (of course), but I don’t want to let the rejections to deter me from sending to additional agents. I’ll revise and rework as necessary (of course), but I don’t want to stop just because it feels icky. THE ONE is out there.

What are your writing resolutions for 2015?

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