Writing Resolutions

My critique group meets this Friday. We’ve set a tradition of putting down our writing resolutions at the first meeting each year. We will also review last year’s resolutions to see what we accomplished and where we fell short. I’m sorry to say I fell so short I’m now walking in a ditch. I didn’t achieve a single goal from my stated intentions. Not to make any of my resolutions is a major mea culpa. So where did I go wrong? Did I set my goals too high? My first resolution was to sign a contract with a major publisher for PowerForce. I had just signed with a new agent in December, so while I knew that was a high goal, I felt PowerForce was a very commercial product and the possibility was there. What I didn’t anticipate was my agent retiring after 7 months. Pregnancy lasts longer. In hindsight I think she took on my book because she thought she could sell it fast and when it didn’t sell in 3 months, she took a trip to Africa, then moved, then retired. I don’t think I got a fair deal so I get to say, “Not my fault,” on my first resolution. My second resolution was to write a new book, probably the third in the PowerForce series. I had some wonderful rejection letters from some editors about the first book and I wanted to talk to my agent about making changes to satisfy them. I thought the second book in the series would actually take care of the objections the editors had, but my agent was off...

Getting Motivated After the Holidays

I am out of excuses. The next holiday is Valentine’s Day and I can’t conceivably extend my holiday half-day work schedule until then. I have to go back to my normal 50 hour work week and quit putting things off. But my fingers don’t want to cooperate on the keyboard, and I can hear the siren call from several books I got for Christmas. I need to focus, and I’m finding it impossible. There are so many things I have to do but there are also so many things I want to do. First and foremost, I want to start a new novel. I want to dive in and lose myself in the depths of a first draft. I also want to create a couple of new apps I’ve thought of that I think have a lot of marketing potential. I also want to check things off my To Do list without actually spending the time to do them. I just want them done. Has anyone figured that one out yet? Unfortunately, my lotto ticket didn’t win so I need to get some of my freelance jobs cleared away. The looming holiday bills should be motivation enough, but for some reason, this time, the possibility of debtor’s prison lacks it’s usual kick-start factor. Maybe it’s been too long since I last read a Regency. Whatever the reason, I need to come up with a new motivation system to get back to work. So this year I’ve decided to try the carrot instead of the stick. I’m going to reward myself with something I want to do after I finish...