Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, for those of you buried under snow drifts this past week, but it ain’t January anymore. The new year is well and truly launched, and your resolutions are probably wavering, if not already collapsed under their own weight. But don’t fear. You don’t have to be perfect. Keep trying, and keep in mind the following:
Think about one year from now. Where do you want your writing to be by this time next year? I’d like to have at least one complete, polished, glossy novel on submissions, and at least two more in good shape. I’d like to have upheld my goal of a daily 500-word count average.
But don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get there. Remember: anything you do that brings you closer to your goal is better than doing nothing. Your words might be malodorous monstrosities. But at least you put pen to paper. At worst you’re learning what doesn’t work for you, and that will shape and improve your writing in the future. More likely, though, you’re getting down the bones. They may need reshaping, but trust me, that’s easier to do when they’re already there.
Don’t let the calendar defeat you. Work for your goals—work hard. As long as you keep at it, you’ll at least end up better off than you began.
How are you doing on your 2011 goals? Have you only just set them? Tell me all about it!