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Resolutions

New Year’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I like the feeling of making a fresh start, leaving behind the old year and marching on into new territory.

Every January I enjoy reading fellow blogger Darlene’s end of year report and her resolutions for the coming year.  It’s some years since I last posted my new year’s resolutions on a blog, and I think it’s time I did it again, in an attempt to hold myself more accountable.

Last year I was aiming to read 100 books, but I dropped that total to 90 when 100 seemed unlikely. As of last night I had read 89, but if I had known I was going to report my reading achievements online I might have made more of an effort to finish the one I’m currently reading (“A room with a view” by E M Forster, which I’m finding more of a slog than I thought I would).

My resolutions for 2018 are as follows:

1.  Read 100 books, at least 35 of which are non-fiction, and at least one of which concerns Greek history/mythology.

2.  Write (and post on this blog) at least 12 book reviews.

3.  Visit the McManus Galleries in Dundee (a museum and art gallery I’ve been meaning to visit for years).

4.  Finish writing the novel I started last month (over the past few years I’ve started several stories I thought might turn into novels, only to have them dwindle away to nothing).

5.  Edit the novel mentioned above and submit it to 5 publishers.

Of the above resolutions, numbers 4 and 5 are the two that seem most likely to fail. I’m nervous about making them public because I’ve been in this position before with my writing, and I know how easily I fall by the wayside. Hopefully, by declaring my intentions online I might find the motivation I need to achieve them.

A very Happy New Year to you, and I hope 2018 brings many interesting experiences.

boxing day walk
Enjoying a walk on Boxing Day with my dad, my mum and my sister. This would have been my Friday photo last week if I’d remembered to post it.
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12 thoughts on “Resolutions

  1. Thanks for the mention, Laura! Writing these goals down is such a good thing to do. I wish you all the best with goals 4 and 5. I know you can do it! I can´t wait to read your book. All the best for 2018!!

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    1. Thanks, Darlene. Right now, I find it hard to imagine me ever finishing this story and getting it into a publishable state, but you never know what might happen. I hope making the resolutions will help me to keep at it.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. I don’t read enough either. If I didn’t see how much my parents read I might feel I was doing reasonably well, but I don’t know anyone who gets through as many books in a year as my mum does. She doesn’t keep count but she definitely reads a lot more than I do. When it comes to reading or writing, I opt for reading far more often because it’s so much easier.

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  2. Your writing is wonderful, Lorna, so just keep at it…. like exercise. You have to do it. It obviously is very much a part of who you are. Getting published is a daunting task, but those who have done it are usually those who persevered. You strike me as one who can persevere…… although I know it can make you weary. Take a little rest and go back to it.

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    1. You’re too kind, Wendy, thank you. As you say, the only way to get better is to keep doing it, and although I find writing non-fiction relatively achievable, fiction is a different ball game. I sometimes find it hard to believe I’ll ever get a novel published, but one thing’s for sure: it won’t happen if I don’t try. Thank you for the advice about taking a little rest, you’re right that it can help to have a complete break.

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    1. Thanks, David. I started writing my current story after reading your last post. It really hit home to me, those two questions you asked yourself, so thanks again for the inspiration.

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  3. Impressive reading achievement and great resolutions! I have always found it easier to accomplish aims if I say them out loud to others. I will share 4 with you. The novel I have been working on has missed its aim of being a full rough draft by Christmas 2017. I will aim to have a complete draft ready for editing by the end of 2018. My experience is that you need a minimum of a year for editing etc AFTER I have ‘completed’ a novel, before submitting to publishers – but you may work faster than I do. We could update progress with each other at specified intervals, perhaps.

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    1. That’s a great offer, Hilary, thank you. I’ll email you about it soon. Sorry to hear you missed your aim for 2017, but it’s good that you’ve adjusted your goal and set a new date for the completed draft. I know I’m being a bit ambitious on the writing and submitting front, but I sometimes find that pushing myself with strict deadlines is the only way to force myself to get things done. I remember when I wrote a novel a few years ago the editing process took a lot longer than the writing, so I may have to accept that no.5 on my list will slide into 2019 or even beyond.

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  4. I like the photo of the Boxing Day walk. Lovely. And I hear you about finding a book more of a slog than you expected — that sometimes happens to me with old classics and I wonder if it’s because I am reading it in such a different time than the one in which it was written; or because of the phase I’m personally in; or because the book isn’t as great as reputed. I’m fond of A Room With A View because I know the pensione and the room itself, but perhaps it would be tough going for me too, if I didn’t.

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia. I’ve wondered the same thing about old classics I’ve struggled through. In this case I think it was probably the first reason you gave. I didn’t realise the actual pensione and room existed, how wonderful to have seen them. I certainly felt, as I read the book, that I was glad I’d seen the film first because without that I don’t know if I’d have followed the story properly.

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