My 5 New Year’s Writing Resolutions

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It’s that time of year again, the one where we all make lofty promises about what we’re going to do and who we’re going to be in the next twelve months.

I wrote A LOT of words this year, especially in the last half (I didn’t keep a tally, though I think that might be something fun to do for next year…Grammarly says I’ve checked 885, 579 words, but keep in mind, I only started using Grammarly this October) and overall, I think I’ve really gotten stronger as a writer.

I want to build on this momentum in the coming year. That’s the theme of my writing resolutions for 2016.

1. Write More Personal Essays – Though it’s often the scariest thing to write, I’ve always found that my more personal writing has been my best. Back in the day, I wanted to have an essay published on Fresh Yarn. But they’ve shut down and it doesn’t look like they’re coming back. There’s always Medium, though, and various other publications. I want to stop playing it so safe. I want to push past my comfort zone and write about the stuff that makes me squirm inside. And then I want to take a deep breath and put that stuff out there.

2. Write in more genres – I want to experiment and genre-hop more in 2016. Currently, I write thrillers, and my early stuff was all steamy romance. I want to take a crack at more speculative fiction in the coming months. Maybe even a cozy mystery. I’m not trying to tackle all this at once (I’m slowly getting better at this) but by the end of the year, I want to have completed something that isn’t a thriller or smut.

3. Write A Comic Book – Are there any artists reading this that want to collaborate? I’m serious. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time and in 2016, I will get a comic book script done. Rumor has it that the third installment of the White Rabbit series will have a graphic novel companion to it so I need to get some practice in before that happens.

4. Write Some Short, Serialized Fiction – This is just for fun. Something for me to stretch my writing legs a bit. Maybe I’ll write it in a different genre, thus killing two birds with one stone. Win!

5. Pitch More Articles – I definitely want to get more of my work published around the web and in print. I created a spreadsheet and will get much more systematic in my pitching next year.

That’s it (I’ve been working on keeping my goals and to-do lists short and sweet). What are you goals for the new year, writing or otherwise? Let me know in the comments.

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