Monday Musings: Onward to a New Year

We seem to have made it into 2019, haven’t we? I know I’ve been scarce around here for the last part of December, but after Two’s Company released, I decided to take some time off to enjoy the holidays, and regroup before plunging into things again.

That said, if you know me at all, you know I don’t like the idea of resolutions. It’s probably a psychological thing and to some extent, splitting hairs, but to me, the word resolutions just seems to set you up to fail. Life hits us all differently, and it often gets in the way of the best of plans. And when that happens, you can feel like you have “failed” at your resolution. I don’t like that way of thinking.

Added to that, I was reading a post by another author I know, and in it, she said she has in the past set as goals things she can’t really fully control, and that also sets you up for disappointment. Case in point for writers: you can write, revise, and edit a story to be the best it can possibly be. It could even be one of the best stories ever written. You can control that. What you can’t control is whether or not the story sells. And that’s true whether you are traditionally published or independently. A traditionally published author can’t make a publisher buy a book, no matter how good it is. Lots of things that have nothing to do with the quality of the story and writing might make a publisher say no. On the other side of things, I can’t make you buy my books. I can talk about them, I can try to make them sound enticing and interesting, and I hope I can write them well enough to be interesting and fun to read. But I can’t force anyone to buy them. Out of my control.

So, where does that leave me heading into 2019? Well, I decided to make two lists of goals. One is a short list of things I would like to see happen, that I can encourage and work toward as much as I am able, but that are, ultimately, out of my control in some ways. Those are the things that, if they happen, yay! If not, well, I did my best and won’t beat myself up about it if they don’t. The other list, a longer one, is things I can control. Those are the things that I meed to work on most over the year. The things I will concentrate on, adjust as stuff happens, and hold myself accountable for.

How about you? Do you make resolutions? Set goals? Whatever you do or don’t do, I hope the new year is full of good things for everyone!


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