So, any great New Year's resolutions to share? Mine are always pretty much the same: lose weight, write more, do more yoga (I'm a yoga freak, by the way.) This year I'm trying something different. 2010 will be my first full year as a published author, and I've realized that's a huge change. It's something I have to adapt to. So here are some "Author's Resolutions."
1. Don't take things personally. Once your story leaves the nest, other people get to have their opinions. This can hurt. Or it can put you on top of the world. Either way, it's not personal. Everyone sees things differently. If I take people's opinions too much to heart, it's hard to do my thing.
2. Keep getting better. In other words, don't be satisfied with what I've learned so far. Keep learning, keep working, keep playing. Keep an open mind.
3. Be grateful. I love writing, and I need to remember every day to give thanks for the chance to express that part of myself.
4. Read more. I used to think I might forget my own voice by reading other people's books. But it's not true. There are some amazing writers out there and I can learn from every one of them.
5. Enjoy the ride. The writing life has amazing ups and crushing downs. I'll try to remember that none of it is "good" or "bad" ... it's all about the ride!
I'm open to more resolutions, while I'm at it...I'd love some suggestions!
Happy New Year,