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Friday, December 31, 2010

Guilt-Free Resolutions for Writers..... Follow With Caution

These you can keep. They probably won’t get you any closer to publication…but…

1. 2011 is the year you will not set a specific word count. Instead you will commit to hiney in chair staring at the dreaded white document page for 30 minutes each day. This can be broken into segments, if necessary.

2. Words are words. They all count. Subscribe to vocabulary email lists, and word-puzzle-of-the-day lists. If it has letters it counts. Spend a little of every day with words.

3. Visit bookstores weekly. Pick up covers that grab your attention and read the first paragraph

4. Declare yourself an author. Pick your favorite author or literary character and subtly model yourself after him/her. Wear the tweed jackets with elbow patches. Grow a goatee and wear black and a jaunty beret. Whatever makes you feel like a real writer counts. I would suggest avoiding hard sauce or substances. Addictions and insanity do make for interesting story fodder but tend to make for bad relationships.

5. Accept and embrace this fact, unless you have a signed contract in hand or floating in the world wide web, 2011 will not be the year you are published. Let that go, move forward and focus on 2012. The jury is still out on that year.

6. Don’t quit your day job.


  1. Thanks for the great suggestions, Kelly. Love 'em all.

    Especially the one about growing a goatee. I'll be sure to do that in 2011. The time I save not plucking chin whiskers will be put to better use writing!

  2. LOL those are funny suggestions

  3. Love it. I agree, the goatee is the best advice ever. Why didn't I think of that before? I'm sure that's why I haven't been published yet. lol

  4. That's the way, Ladies, let's think creatively. If Frida Kahlo can embrace a unibrow, we can sure proudly sprout a goatee should that be the final step that gets us noticed at conferences. : ) Happy 2011, everyone.

  5. I dunno, Kelly. Last time I grew a goatee, the hubs didn't much care for it.

  6. Did you dye it strange colors, Ane? That might explain the response. : )


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