Writing Resolutions for 2014

WOW! Can you believe the new year is upon us? And you know what that means… yeah, you, hiding behind the couch. It means resolutions. The key to a good resolution is to have it be something that you can control. A bad resolution would be, “Get my book picked up by an agent.” A good resolution might by, “Submit my book to ten agents per month.” The first you have very little control over, but the second is completely within your power.

If you haven’t come up with any ideas yet, here are some specific to writers that you could consider. Obviously all won’t apply to everyone, but you know which can apply to you.

  • Finish that book! (if you get most of it done in January, you’re MUCH more likely to pull this off)
  • Revise that rough draft! Get it ready for submission, so that your 2015 goal can be to get a publisher.
  • Write 1000 words a day.
  • Update your blog every day this year.
  • Submit your work to 100 agents/publishers.
  • Write a book a month for the whole year (there are authors who do that).
  • Join or start a writing group.
  • Self publish your book.
  • Turn your book into an audio book.
  • Speak/present/panelify at a writers conference.
  • Ditch your lesser hobbies, and spend the extra time writing and revising.
  • Teach yourself to illustrate/edit/Photoshop or some other useful side tool.
  • Read 50 books in your genre (or any genre if you’re not pinned to a genre yet)
  • Read 10 books outside your genre.
  • Start a serial fiction blog.
  • Start a writing podcast.
  • Study marketing for 15 minutes a day.
  • Show someone your work.
  • Get your book professionally edited.
  • Take a daily walk to work on your story in your head.
  • Slow down! Take more time to see, hear, and taste the world around you.
  • Start a weekly email newsletter.
  • Study the works of the great ones in your genre. Make a detailed diagram/chart of how they do what they do.
  • Write for 30 minutes a day, every day.
  • Start a daily journal.

So what’s your resolution for this year? Share it with the rest of us!

About Chas Hathaway

Chas is an author, musician, husband, dad, and X-grave digger. He's always enjoyed writing. He started keeping a daily journal when he was 13, and that started a pattern of regular writing that has continued to this day.

His first book, Giraffe Tracks, a memoir of his missionary experiences in South Africa, was published in 2010, and in July 2011, Cedar Fort published his book, Marriage is Ordained of God, but WHO Came Up with DATING?!

Chas has been playing piano since 1994, and actively writing New Age piano compositions since 1996. He has long felt that the greatest factor in the influence of a piece of music is the intent of its author. He has also written numerous LDS Hymn arrangements, many of which are available in sheet music, including the favorite hymns, If You Could Hie to Kolob and Come Thou Fount.

So far, Chas has 4 albums out:

Tune My Heart, Released 2012
Anthem of Hope, 2010
The Ancestor, 2009
Dayspring, 2007

While music and writing are his most time-consuming work, he also enjoys gardening, inventing games, and most of all, spending time with his beautiful wife and adorable little kids.