It's that time of year again. I have to admit, the thought of looking over this last year's resolutions to see how I did kind of makes me cringe. I know I didn't meet them all but that's okay. As long as I met a few of them then I have accomplished something. Let's rip the band aid off shall we? Here are my resolutions for last year:
1. Continue to build my author platform. I'll do so by continuing to meet great writers and people who love books, like those I've met on Twitter! I'll also attend whatever conferences & retreats I can.
Accomplished! My blog followers have grown more than I could have anticipated (I love you all!) and I've made many wonderful friends through blogging, Twitter, and Scribblerati.
2. Write three books this year. This could be thrown for a loop if/when my novel gets picked up and I have to work on edits, but until then I'll focus on these three new books.
Accomplished! I wrote (and edited, yes really!) Sanctity Of A Society, The Trouble With The Dragon Empire, and The First Dragonwatcher.
3. Rewrite the first fantasy trilogy I ever wrote and submit it to my agent. This could be thrown off course by the event mentioned in #2 as well. In which case, I won't complain!
Failed. I haven't got around to this yet. But that's okay because some wonderful ideas for it have been percolating.
4. Keep hitting the treadmill every week. I know it's cliché but as a writer I spend a lot of time on my bum. Unfortunately my 'day' job is the same. Gotta stay healthy!
Accomplished! And I bought an elliptical machine. I've been alternating between the two. I haven't lost any weight but I haven't gained any either and I have built a lot of muscle.
5. Continue to improve my writing. Really, this should be #1, it's that important. But, it's also something I plan to do while doing the other resolutions, so that's why it fell at #5
Accomplished! I attended a writers' workshop with bestselling thriller author William Bernhardt and a workshop with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I also read several of Noah Lukeman and Donald Maass' books on writing.
Four out of five isn't bad. I'm going to have to consider that a very successful year. Did you make any resolutions in 2010? If so how did you do on meeting them?