So, have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?
For some of you, this is a dreaded question. While those around you seem to have carved out time and brain space to ponder and reflect on the new year, you may still be digging out from wrapping paper, house guests and mysterious leftovers.
New Year’s Resolutions? I guess mine is just to have time to make some!
If this is you, never fear. Alex Weiss at Bustle has curated the resolutions of writers from years past that you will find inspiring. As you read through these, pick a few that jump out at you. There’s no shame in piggy-backing on someone else’s inspiration until you find your own.
Gain some new ideas from these 13 author resolutions to make your New Year the best year yet:
“I’m going to begin writing my third novel in 2016 so my new year’s resolutions center around self discipline. I need to carve out the time and the space to write and to stick to a strict writing schedule. In order to help myself do so, I intend to re-read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I have found her writing tools (such as Morning Pages and Artist’s Dates) to be invaluable.”
— Louise O’Neill
“Stress less, and daydream more. This year, I realized I’d switched all my daydreaming time to stressing-about-things-I-can’t-control time. I plan on reversing that, pronto! Write books! I need to write the second half of one book, and I want to write another one, too. One and a half books is totally doable. Read books! This year I read 79 books. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to read more next year.”
— Jodi Meadows
“My resolution is simple, and I’ve already started it. More time reading, less time online. I’ve been trying to read for four hours a day and it makes my brain feel good.”
— Meg Rosoff
“As always I hope to make more time to read. I try to start every day by reading for half an hour and end it the same way, ‘bookending’ each day. What I need to really take on board is how this is ‘professional development’. And I want to spend less time on screen in the world of social media. More time painting. Yes. More books in translation. More poetry.”
— Jackie Morris
“My writing resolution for 2014 is to take my laptop to new and exciting places. I always get the best ideas and most inspiration when I force myself out of the house and into a new park or coffee shop!”
— Madeleine Roux
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language snd next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
— T.S. Eliot
“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.”
— John Burroughs
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”
— G.K. Chesterton
“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”
– Benjamin Franklin
At Certa Publishing, we love the freshness and newness of a new year. Few people appreciate the beauty of a blank page like writers do. We look forward to reading what will fill the pages of your manuscripts and your life in 2019.