New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

Well, here we are at the tail end of December. It’s the time of year famous for exactly two things around here: fireworks and New Year’s Resolutions — you know, all those things you say you’ll do next year but instead end up completely forgetting about. While that’s basically true for the resolutions I made last year (I did get some short stories published, but  I didn’t release my second novel this year, or finish any of my game development projects), having some kind of idea of what I’d like to accomplish within the next 12 months is never a bad thing.

As I’ve said before countless times, setting goals is a great way to motivate oneself. Sometimes, prior commitments (9-5 job, running a household, procrastinating on the internet etc) prevent you from completing them, but having something to work towards — a clearly defined destination you want to get to — helps you progress at a faster rate. For a professional writer, there really is no better cure for writer’s block than a deadline.

So then, here we go again — the cliched “what I hope to achieve next year” list:

  • Complete and publish my second book (Blood Lake) and hopefully begin the Sun Bleached Winter sequel.
  • Finish off my current game-development projects before starting any new ones.
  • Now that I’m done with university, set aside at least one night each week for writing.
  • Try to wean myself off TVTropes and Cracked.com (okay, that might be pushing it just a little).
  • Write some more writing-tip related blog posts — I’ve had a few emails asking what happened to these.
  • Start reviewing stuff again.

Will I be able to fight off the twin demons of procrastination and distraction and do it? Let’s find out!

indexAnd with that, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I really hope you all enjoy the last day of 2013, and I’ll be back in January when my (semi)regular blog-schedule resumes.

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