Writing Resolutions

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Happy New Year, PubCrawlers! I know this last year was tough on most of us, so here’s to keeping the faith that 2021 will be better!

Are you the type to set resolutions? Personally, I’m a goal junkie. I’m always focused on that next hill I want to climb. (I honestly get a real rush from crossing things off a list. It’s a thing I find a lot of writers have in common. I’m sure some of you know what I mean!)  Because I enjoy working toward goals, I always have a few resolutions as we kick off a new year. Here are three I want to focus on in 2021:

  • More words per day. Some writers focus on this metric more than others. For me, word count is important. It keeps me on track. When I’m struggling, my word count per day goes down. It’s the first indication that something’s wrong and needs to be adjusted. When a manuscript I’m working on starts to go astray—either because the main character is not quite right or the pacing is lagging or whatever the reason might be—I unconsciously slow my progress. If I let myself slide and don’t address the problem right away, I can get farther and farther off track. In the new year, I want to work harder at maintaining my daily word count goal, and run some diagnostics on the manuscript right away when it starts to lag.
  • Silence (or at least quiet down) my inner critic. Before I published Ivory and Bone, I’d written three other books, so when I&B came out, I had four completed manuscripts under my belt. All of them were written without ever thinking about what someone might have to say about them. Now, I find myself thinking about reader reaction as I write. That’s a privilege, right? It comes with being published and having readers. But it can really dampen my creativity. In 2021, I want to silence that voice in my head, at least until the first draft is down.
  • Share more of myself with my readers. If you know me in real life, you know I’m a talker. Most of my friends are a bit surprised when I say I’m introverted. That’s because there’s a huge difference between talking and talking about yourself. I’m naturally private, but the truth is, readers like to know about an author’s writing life, especially the struggles they’ve had to overcome. Other writers, like the community here on PubCrawl, naturally want to hear those stories. We all struggle, and I think it’s empowering to know we’re not alone in that. So expect more of that from me this year! I’m hoping to post here on PubCrawl regularly this year, as well as on my author Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and my author newsletter. (You can sign up for my newsletter here: http://www.julieeshbaugh.com/)

So again, Happy New Year, fellow writers! May 2021 be a happy, healthy, and productive year for us all! If you would like to share your own writing resolutions in the comments, please do! I’d love to hear what you are working on!


9 Responses to Writing Resolutions

  1. Andie Patrick Jan 1 2021 at 11:59 pm #

    Don’t set yourselves up for failure.
    Resolve not to make a resolution this year.

    By all means plan, think about, hope or intend to do this or that during 2021, even make a list if you must, but a resolution is cast in stone, and no excuses are accepted. Allow for contingencies and emergencies; allow yourselves to be fallible humans.

    • Julie Jan 2 2021 at 3:25 pm #

      Hi Andie! That’s an interesting take. I guess I’m more forgiving of myself when I drop the ball on my resolutions. To me, they aren’t any more cast in stone than other plans, but we are all different about these things. 🙂 Hope your new year is off to a great start!

    • Marc Vun Kannon Jan 2 2021 at 3:29 pm #

      Only if you write those resolutions ‘in Iron Pen’, as they say.

  2. Marc Vun Kannon Jan 2 2021 at 3:26 pm #

    I’m not a resolution-maker, generally. I’m a pantser who pantses pantsing! I have a novel I want to finish revising and issue under my own name soon. I have a novel I’m halfway through and want to finish and get out there. I have a fanfiction epic I want to complete so I can move on and turn a spy romcom into a space opera called Space Zombies. No idea how much of this I’ll actually get done.

    • Julie Jan 2 2021 at 3:31 pm #

      Hey Marc! These all sound like great “plans,” if you don’t mind me calling them that. 😉 Happy new year to you!

      • Marc Vun Kannon Jan 2 2021 at 4:40 pm #

        I don’t usually have this many projects underway all at once, and so many others waiting their turn. I guess I feel like these projects have gone on long enough and it’s time to get something else done. Not sure I would call them plans, though, or even goals. Intentions, maybe. Happy New Year to you and all your colleagues there.

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  5. Matt Webb Jan 14 2021 at 9:11 pm #

    It’s all real live experiences which will never be replicated

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