Many of us make resolutions at the start of each year, full of ambition to better ourselves in this sparkling, fresh, new year. I usually do it myself. With mixed results, I might add. Exercise more? Hah.
But this year I’m thinking in terms of “journey.” Rather than just list things I’m going to do or not do, or trying to change a bunch of stuff about myself, I’m taking a long-term look.
Where do I want to be at the end of this year?
What do I want to have accomplished?
What will my journey have to look like in order to arrive at the desired destination?
There are a lot of possible journeys I could take.
Self-improvement is always a popular one. Learning a new skill. A new language. Getting organized and out from under the threat of finding myself in Hoarders Anonymous.
Write a book. Or finish one.
Yep. Finish one.
For me, 2015 is going to be the year I finish revising a middle-grade novel I wrote several years ago. Whether it ends up being a journey to publication, or a journey of self-satisfaction in getting it done remains to be seen.
But I will do it.
I am putting this out here online to try and keep myself accountable.
In order to reach the end of my proposed trip, I’ve set some goals.
1. I will work on this revision for a minimum of 4 hours a week (not the 2 hours every day I’ve resolved to do in the past). I mean to finish by June.
2. I will identify a writer friend who has not read any of the previous versions of the book–fresh eyes–who is willing to read the whole thing through. I hope to get it back by the end of summer, and tweak a little more based on this persons suggestions.
3. I will find out if the agent who suggested some revisions three years ago is still at that agency. If not, I will find out where she is. I will submit the finished revision to her or another agent by the end of the summer.
And that will be the end of my journey. Of course, I hope it will be the continuation of a longer journey to publication, one that started when I wrote the first words of the first chapter.
Well, that’s it for me. What kind of journey do you plan on taking this year?