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Should authors make New Year’s resolutions?

My dear friends, today is a very special day! It’s the day of our 50th article on Always Inspired Writing! Thank you for all your likes, comments and subscriptions! It’s motivating me to write more! And I hope that next year, we will reach 100 articles!

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Next year, I’ll write my book. Or, I’ll sell my book. I will lose weight and become world’s most attractive writer!

Then, the next year comes. We run out of steam in the middle of our new book, and apparently getting huge sales isn’t as easy as it seems (we’ve all been there, huh!). On top of that, we gain weight in December. The internet honks that 63% of UK adults in 2014 failed to keep their resolutions and this is really discouraging.

Still, I strongly believe that we writers need New Year’s Resolutions and should make at least 3-5 of them each year.

Why? Well, if we want to get somewhere with our writing, we must constantly strive to be better. And how are we supposed to get better if we don’t decide in which direction we need to go at the beginning of our new race?

Everything changes constantly, and each year opens new doors. Behind these new doors are new rooms to explore, and these new rooms might bring new ideas, truths and knowledge, that will change our path towards something better. For this reason, I recommend setting areas in which we would like to improve, rather than number specific goals.

For example:

  • I want to sell 100 books -> I want to sell more books.
  • I want to publish this particular book on Amazon -> I want to publish anything on Amazon.
  • I want to get 10 author friends -> I want to become friends with more authors.

In this way, we are making a commitment to improve in general. With these kinds of goals, it’s hard to fail. I think that this is a better option than setting unattainable goals and later getting frustrated about them. It’s easier to climb the mountain at our own pace, focusing on the path, rather than looking at the peak, and wondering “how will I get there?”

This year, I’ve met 8 of my 14 goals. I think that this it not a bad score. New Year is approaching again, and it’s a great chance to keep some goals and discard others.

A goal that I want to keep is reading books. I failed miserably at reading this particular year, probably because I’ve spent nearly all my time on writing, blogging, pen-name work, distribution and marketing.

A goal that I want to discard is writing “Cassidy”. “Cassidy” is a spin-off of the mermaid series that I plan to write and publish in the next 5-7 years. “Cassidy” can’t be published before the series is complete, hence, it’s out of the priority plan for a very long time.

To our list of resolutions we should add “New Year’s eggs”.

Especially that I achieved many other things that I am proud of, that weren’t on my resolution list. I call these “New Year’s eggs”.

It’s a term I coiled for other achievements that weren’t on our resolution list, but are our successes. Example: a guy goes persistently to the gym in order to lose weight. At the end of the year, he discovers that he built stunning shoulders. While “losing weight” is a resolution, “stunning shoulders” are “New Year’s eggs” – an unexpected blessing.

For me, the “New Year’s eggs” were building an audience on Twitter, writing 50 articles on Always Inspired Writing and becoming a publisher. Nothing I expected, but I’m proud of it nevertheless.

Did you complete many resolutions this year? What were your New Year’s eggs for 2018?

Happy 2019! I hope that it brings you much inspiration, new books, great sales, more readers, awesome reviews and overnight success! Stay inspired!

Author:

Hi! I am an author. I've published my debut novel in 2015 in Poland ("Dokąd teraz popłynę?"). My main genre is fantasy and magical realism. I often discuss socially difficult topics in my works and try to pass on a message of hope. I am always inspired and I never stop writing. My writing inspirations are Bruno Schulz, Pablo Neruda, Kiran Desai and Haruki Murakami. In my private life I am a polyglot. I believe in the Law Of Attraction and I write about it on UltimateManifester at Wordpress.

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