It only occurred to me just before publishing this that I should probably write some sort of introduction and that introduction should probably include a resolution or two of my own. I debated (for about three or four seconds) whether this opening segment should be serious or humorous. Then I debated (for another couple of seconds) whether to write in prose or bang some ideas down in a list format. I trust the results of both these debates - particularly the latter - will become clear round about... now.
- Spend more time writing and less time procrastinating.
- *after ten minute coffee break* Not announce publishing dates until the manuscript is ABSOLUTELY ready. (Apologies for the one-day-late-release of Maureen's Christmas Carol. And to those who noticed it was one day late, a) thank you for hanging on my every word, and b) consider getting out more.)
- Finally break the email-Facebook-Twitter-forum checking cycle.
- Write a drabble in which no one dies.
- Publish books with titles that aren't censored by Amazon.
- *after checking emails, Facebook, Twitter and forums* Cater for Maureen fans and readers of my other fiction.
- Focus on one project at a time and not suddenly switch to something else.
- Maureen opened the door and gasped upon seeing her new doormat adorned with a freshly-laid turd.
- Not write introductions which might piss people off because of their length.
- You want a tenth? Tough, I'm busy! See point 1.
Happy New Year!
(*delete as appropriate)
This year, I climbed three mountains, across three countries in one day. Released my debut novel and completed a short story with three other incredible authors. Next year, I plan to try and out-do this year.
In 2014 I had my first two novellas published. That was thanks largely to the encouragement and help of author friends. My resolution for 2015 is to produce two more publications if possible and to be the person who helps and encourages others in the way I've been helped.
In 2015 I promise myself that my hatred of editing will turn into love. Unfortunately, I am not sure what that love is just yet. I also resolve to wake up every morning, for if not, I can no longer enjoy the magic of words.
Rick Haynes on Amazon
Two years ago I tried a gluttony-free diet; that did not go well. Last year I attempted to train my wife to ‘fetch’; that did not go well. This year I plan to teach my dogs to type. I feel I’ve found something doable at last and it should help enormously with my 2015 writing projects.
I will write every single day, even if it isn’t part of the work in progress (the shopping list won’t count). I will work more quickly – how can it take a month to write a drabble? I will revisit a cookery book started in the early 1990s, Nouvelle Cuisine Does The Full English Breakfast, on the principle that fashion eventually comes around again.
Because I have just reduced my working hours in the day job, my most important resolution will be not to fritter the 'extra' time away but to spend it usefully, i.e. in writing and if possible swimming to get fit. My second writing-related resolution is to write something that's difficult for me even to think about. This could either be something set in the Great War, or in Berlin in the 1940s. Both are possibilities and if the year goes really well I might even manage to write more than one.
This is a tricky one, as I've not made any since I was six or seven. So what am I resolved to do next year?
1) Spend less time faffing about on facebook and forums and spend the time in writing.
2) Be proactive, get out there into the social media and promote my work on facebook and forums
My resolution for 2015 is is to be more attentive to my true self; to work it out, to write it down and let it all go, and love the ones I truly love and let it all show, and... most importantly, to be happy with my lot but never stop trying.
I resolve to spend 2015 focusing on the two things that made me happiest in 2014: writing my novels and working with other indie authors. And, since I'm sending this to Jonathan just before deadline, I also resolve not to leave everything till the last minute!