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Diary of a Mad Writer
Wednesday, 31 December 2003
It is almost 2004!

It just a few hours we will ring in the New Year and along with it some pretty idealistic resolutions!

When I was younger, January and September were my favorite times of the year because it was like getting a second chance to be better.

Each school year, I would gather all my supplies and strive to be organized and perfect. By December, my neat penmenship was more like abstract art and my books could pass for bird nests.

In January, I would resolve to clean up my act ... but June was simply a mirror of December!

As an adult, I've come to understand the difference between trying to be something I wasn't and setting attainable goals. Especially, since I sold my first, second and third book and still had to work full time, be a mom, etc.

As the New Year dawns, with gently falling snow, and an air of excitment, take a moment to think about the things you want to achieve before 2005 is upon us.

No, you can't resolve to grow 4" taller in the next 12 months if you're not under 18 years of age. You'll only set yourself up for disappointment. I know!

My goals are rather simple. I want to write more and e-mail less. I want to learn more about writing, too. In particular, subtexting (see Getting into Character by Brandilyn Collins ( I would like to sell another book this year, since I only have one book coming out in June (pleae visit my professional page:

These are rather basic, but attainable. I'm not setting myself up to fail. So, what do you think? Going to make resolutions you hope you don't break, or are you going to set realistic goals, one step at a time and rejoice with each success?

I wish you well!



Posted by thewordsmith at 8:02 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 31 December 2003 10:06 PM PST
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