Sure, there are the standard New Year's resolutions: lose weight, get fit, etc. etc. But what about your writerly life? It's important to set achievable goals for yourself for the coming year that will keep you creative and keep you thinking about writing. So here are a few suggestions for New Years' resolutions that I'll be making:
Read more. Schoolwork and my multiple blogging jobs keeps me reading and writing at a constant breakneck pace. But there's nothing more pleasurable and also more important to improving my writing than reading good books. I read good books for my English classes, but it's not the same as pleasure reading; I have to be looking for themes and material for future papers instead of enjoying and studying style and technique. So my number-one writerly resolution is to do more pleasure reading. Luckily Christmas left me with a nice stack of truly delectable books; I'll be posting about them later.
Set aside time for writing or thinking about writing. One of the biggest obstacles to writing is the simple problem of time. In our day-to-day lives it's extremely difficult to force creative thinking in. But we consciously set aside time, it becomes easier to sink into "creative mode." This year, I suggest making a resolution to have a "writing hour" either once a week or once a day if you can spare the time. During that time, no activity is allowed that doesn't contribute to your writing.
After the jump: more writerly resolutions.