New Year resolutions suck!
At least, they have always done in my life until last year. I start off making a long list of Dos and Don’ts on the first day of every year and promptly forget all about it by the twentieth. By the time February begins, I am back to my earlier self, gorging on cream rolls, skipping Pilates and whiling away more time scrolling down the Facebook timeline than writing.
2017 was no different except that I woke up from this reverie sometime around the middle of the year. I realized, with a shock, that I was still hungover from the euphoria of publishing my first novel and had hardly written a single word for the last seven months. This was despite being commissioned for three separate books. Netflix was tempting, Netflix coupled with potato wafers was bliss and I couldn’t get myself to follow through on my obligations. Despite being blessed with opportunities, was I going to be such a lazy failure?
I sat down, had a good cry and then picked up a fresh sheaf of papers. I made a list of resolutions once again, but I tweaked them a bit this time. The following six months must be one of the most productive phases in my writing life.
In those six months, I completed the first draft of two crime thrillers, wrote two children’s books, completed and registered a screenplay for a two-hour-feature film, published a collection of my flash fiction stories and wrote four short stories.
One of the children’s books involved intense research on a scientific subject and I read nearly a dozen fat books on that subject before penning it. Apart from this, I read about thirty-five novels and more than ten non-fiction books during this period.
I made sure that I got at least an hour of physical activity every day. I spent at least two hours every evening with the children, didn’t work on Sundays and took a two-week-vacation in October.
Frankly, compared with many other writers, this is not a lot, but I am proud of myself. For the first time, I understood how I could transfer dreams into action. If you are interested in knowing how I tweak my resolutions to make them easier to accomplish, please subscribe to our newsletter.
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