Apparently I Really Do Have A 2014 Resolution

I’m not really a New Year’s Resolution kind of person, but since I wanted to write a blog post before 2013 slips away, the topic crept into my mind. Now that I think about it, this might be a subconscious niggling that I should probably update the blog more regularly next year.

Still, my most priority goal is always to make time for writing, and 2013 has been a good year for that. I started the blog, and I’ve been working hard on my own projects. In the past year, I’ve embraced my writing style, and tackled some bad writing habits. (I’m not the only one who overuses semi-colons in first drafts, right?) Feeling a trifle smug about my success in this goal, I Googled some lists of goals for writers, expecting to be able to check most of them off as things I already do, and just need to continue improving on.

Well – almost. But one goal really made me stop and think. “I resolve to…call myself a writer.”

Do I do this? Not really. My close friends and family know how much time I spend writing, and how seriously I take it, and I think some of my acquaintances and work colleagues have some vague notion that I have a nerdy hobby of writing, and am therefore the person to go to if you have a question about commas. But I don’t really talk about my writing.

Part of this stems from my introversion. I don’t like talking about myself all that much. (Not going to lie, it’s making this particular blog post kind of difficult). Another factor is that I sometimes don’t like talking about my writing, either. I have a (possibly irrational) fear that if I talk too much about my current project before the first draft is complete, I’ll lose interest in it. This actually did happen to me once – when my husband (then boyfriend) and I were on a road trip, I told him the entire story arc of a novel idea I had in my head and had written a few pages of, and then after that I never worked on it again, in spite of his supportive comments. It wasn’t the best plot anyway, and is better left abandoned, but the experience made me wary. For the same reason, I don’t really like making outlines. For my historicals, I make a timeline of events to help me keep track of the dates, but hardly any of the character stuff shows up on it.

I also don’t enjoy discussing my writing career. Again, my close friends and family know the details, but when acquaintances discover that I am represented by an agent, they immediately wonder where they can buy my book. Unfortunately, nowhere. Yet. Just like any other industry, the publishing one is detailed and complex, and it takes time for books to be published. Usually, rather than explain this, I opt to just avoid the conversation altogether.

Turns out I do have some resolutions for 2014. See what a little nudge from Google and some reflection can do? I knew the internet was dangerous!

Officially: I resolve to call myself a writer.

I also resolve to become better at writing synopses, those dreadful exercises in wordsmithing.

Does anyone else make New Year’s Resolutions? Any writing goals on your list? Please feel free to share, I’m curious and may need moral support in my own goal!

All the best to everyone in 2014!

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Links:

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers (this is the nefarious website that caused me to do some random Monday morning soul searching)

Top 10 Resolutions for Writers

Why You Shouldn’t Aspire to be a Writer

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4 thoughts on “Apparently I Really Do Have A 2014 Resolution

  1. I think that’s a wonderful resolution, and something I also struggle with. When I call myself a writer, I feel a little like a fraud. But when people ask me what I do for fun, I say “I write”. I’m not sure what the difference is, but it feels significant in my mind.

  2. Maybe the difference is that if you write for fun, then it doesn’t matter if you aren’t published, but using ‘writer’ as a self-descriptor somehow makes it seem like there should be published books as evidence of success or something. I don’t really know. It’s reassuring to hear that I’m not the only one who struggles with this!

    • I don’t know what the solution to this is, but I felt THE EXACT SAME WAY. I refused to call myself a writer until I had a signed contract. I didn’t tell anyone outside of my close family I was a writer either. (Instead, I thought it was better to let them think I was just unemployed for a year and a half.) I guess I didn’t feel like a writer until someone else in the industry told me I was. But that’s silly, looking back. Go with pride! Now I do make a distinction between author and writer…

  3. Just came across your blog post. I’ve just been thinking about New Year’s resolutions, too (also related to art and writing). Thanks for the links to writing resolutions. Happy New Year!

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