Tuesday, 1 January 2013

When Resolutions Work.

Last year I made the first resolution that I have ever managed to keep and let me tell you it feels really good. 

On January 1st, 2012 I resolved that I would complete my book. It wasn't the first time I had resolved this but this time I got serious. I set myself a target of writing, at least, one word a day because I found that a hard target to argue with. Everyone has time to write one word don't they? It meant that most days I wrote between 500 and 1,000 words and my 99,125 word manuscript was completed in March. Then came the endless edits and rewrites but still, by August, I was ready to send my first attempt at a novel out to agents. I didn't sit by the door waiting for their reply, however, instead I accepted the advice of a good friend and got started on the next book, a collaboration with a friend, which we self-published on Amazon at the end of October. I currently have two other works in progress and a further joint project I am about to start as well as a collection of short stories I am currently enjoying writing. All in all making that resolution in January 2012 helped me to achieve on of my life's ambitions, it kept me focused and help me to recognise what I needed to do to achieve a stated goal.

I'm going to try again this year I think.

Obviously the writing one word a day resolution has to continue.

Then there's the perennial doing more exercise. I'm plumping for 30 minutes a day and I'm including things like walking the dog and playing Just Dance or Wii Fit. Today we went for a two hour walk down the sea front so I've ticked my first day already, though of course today it didn't rain!

Also, in trying to get my diabetes under control, I have decided that this year I am not going to buy any cakes, sweets, crisps or chocolate and I am also not going to consume them at Church events. I go to a Vineyard Church and we have cakes with everything so this should make a difference though it will require huge amounts of will power.

Finally I turn to my blog. I really enjoy reading blogs and follow several regularly which make me laugh, think and sometimes even cry. Last January I started this blog to try and make sense of my departure from regular work to follow my dream of writing for a living and, to be frank, I kind of failed. I stopped blogging here back in April, though I have blogged for my Church quite regularly. So my final New Year's resolution will be to blog once a week. I set up a reminder in my phone for every Tuesday and I'm determined that every week I will commit some opinion or other to 'paper', so to speak. Why not follow my progress here, that way you won’t have to wait until next January’s blog to know if I succeeded or not.  :-)