Monday, January 2, 2012

What's in a name?

Happy New Year!


Bruce Coville wrote about resolutions versus goals on Facebook yesterday, and it really hit home.

He said he sets new year's goals, rather than making resolutions. Why? Goals provide you something to work toward. They keep you moving forward. Resolutions? Not so much. With resolutions, you either keep them or you don't. Very few people keep their resolutions, certainly not throughout the entire year. Bruce argues that by making resolutions, you are setting yourself up to fail.

Perhaps it's all semantics, but I like the idea of setting achievable goals. Writing them down and checking my progress as the year progresses. It seems like a more realistic approach to self-improvement (which is, after all, the purpose of resolutions, is it not?).

My goals?
  • Revise Thunderstruck to get it just right and query, query, query. 
  • Write up that picture book that's been rattling around in my head for the past 18 months.
  • Get my articles into at least three new magazines.
There are others, but they're pretty lofty, so I think I'll keep them for myself.

What are your goals for 2012?


  1. I set goals last year and did pretty well with them. I've done the same this year, though there a few less of them.

    Wishing good luck with your goals and a happy new year.

  2. Alison, it sounds like your goals are doable. I always think its important not to set too many goals (that way, when I achieve them I feel great). Best wishes for the New Year -- I hope you meet all your goals and more.

  3. That's why I set goals instead of making resolutions. My two big goals - successful launch of my next book and finish writing the third one.

  4. I think you already saw my anti-resolution revolution post, so you know my take. But goals? Yes!

    I think you have some great, and achievable, ones.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Yes, New Year's Goals are good - I had't thought of that distinction, but it makes sense. Or New Year's Projects. :)

    Mine include:
    - Going to the CSSF Novel writer's workshop this summer.
    - Finishing Holly Lisle's "How to Revise your Novel" course
    - Promoting Script Frenzy in my hometown.
    - Getting my G2 Driver's Licence.