Before I begin this post, I’d like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! We’ve made it to another year and I hope it will be a good one. 2015 ended on a high for me between positive holiday celebrations as well as a three day get away. Though it is six days into the New Year, I still have a bit of a vacation mindset. Oops.
I will come back to reality in order to write my resolutions, mostly writing and reading based, for 2016.
- Read As Many Books As Possible
Reading is both escape and inspiration. The more I read, the more ideas I tend to have. I’ve already finished my first book of the New Year and plan on starting the second book I have on my shelf today. I don’t want to set a number of books to read for I feel like it’ll put pressure on reading and the last thing I would want to do is feel like I have to rush something I love. I commute to and from school as well as work which is prime reading time. I finish books within a few days, shocking both my friends and family. I want to keep up this trend, picking up whichever books I can get my hands on. So many books, so little time.
- Get A Short Story Published
I’ve been setting this goal every year since 2013 and I’ve been fortunate to accomplish it each time around, last year being a record of two short stories receiving a home. I’m not going to shoot for higher because of a successful year. I’m going to shoot for my goal of one and hope I’m able to accomplish that. I have a young adult story I want to get picked up for I feel it’s one of my best works. Though the publishing industry doesn’t always work that way. I got stories published which I didn’t expect would be picked up. It’s kind of like throwing a dart at a board when you’re blindfolded and forced to jump on one leg. You never know if it’ll be a hit or miss.
- Write More Short Stories
I’ve been in the muse gutter since the end of last year. I have ideas and drafted stories I want to continue, but my brain has resolved to screaming no at the top of its lungs and then pout in the corner . I’m thinking the vacation I have from school will loosen up these tightly bound thoughts. The likelier option however: thoughts coming to life at five in the morning with no choice other than to sacrifice sleep and write. It’s happened to me several times before.
- Spend Time With Friends and Family
I’ve realized over the past year how much my family and friends meant to me. I want to keep these bonds as strong as possible. I spent a lot of time with them last year, including impromptu trips to houses and late night talks. I realized how much I enjoyed this and I would like to keep the trend going. The same goes for my friends. I have a small knit group and this was one of the years we all hung together and it went seamlessly. I want more of those laugh out loud crazy days.
- Be More Active On Social Media
A large part of writing is networking which is weird considering writing is often a private and solitary action until it goes to an editor. I think I had a successful year on twitter, which I would like to continue. I would perhaps like to increase my author posts and my blog posts, even invite a few more guests to leave their mark behind. I say this before life gets crazy and school starts up again, but I’m going to be optimistic. Whenever I have an idea, or see something worth posting, I’ll do it. The more engagement I have with my followers, the better it will be for me and my future writing goals.
I think those are my main goals for 2016. Feel free to tell me yours in the comments.
Until next time,