I Don’t Set New Year’s Resolutions. I Do This Instead

I’ve never been interested in making New Year’s resolutions, resolving at the end of the year to change an undesirable behavior or characteristic beginning on January 1st. I’d much rather review goals and accomplishments that are ongoing and tweak and fine tune them where needed. My writing goals for the upcoming months include:

Spending extensive time working on my second novel. Life was so busy for me this year with preparing The Talking Drum for publication, addressing a major health issue and checking in on my mother who has an ongoing health issue. I have written 250 pages on Novel Number 2 and still have half the story to tell. I’m hoping to carve out time to dig into it and get it across the finish line.

Working closely with my publicist and the marketing director at my publisher to bring as much attention as I can to The Talking Drum. I’m hiring a publicist who can complement what the publisher will do. I plan to have them confer on efforts to maximize attention for the book.

Apply for a writer’s retreat or fellowship. In addition to a writer’s retreat or fellowship giving me time away from daily distractions so I can work on Novel Number 2, it would give me an opportunity to network, to meet other writers and artists of different disciplines, which I am learning can be very important to advancing a writing career.

Losing a few more pounds. I had a stomach bug a few weeks ago and didn’t feel like eating much. When I went to the doctor, she announced to me that I had lost 9 pounds. I was surprised and delighted. I’ve been trying to lose weight for years. Now I have my incentive to keep going. I want to be trim and fit with plenty of energy for my author appearances in 2020.

Happy New Year everyone!

May you fulfill your resolutions, goals, and wishes!

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Lisa Braxton

Lisa Braxton is an Emmy-nominated former television journalist, an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. Her debut novel, The Talking Drum, is forthcoming from Inanna Publications in spring 2020. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Fiction Writers Program and a book reviewer for 2040 Review. Her stories and essays have appeared in literary magazines and journals. She received Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest magazine’s 84th and 86th annual writing contests in the inspirational essay category. Her website: www.lisabraxton.com

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