Sunday, December 29, 2013

8 Question of the Week: What Are Your Writerly Resolutions for 2014?

Before we start with the Question of the Week... I'm pleased to announce the winner of my RUN TO YOU Cover Reveal Celebration Giveaway of a signed hardcover of THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau!

Jeri Baird!

Congratulations, Jeri! I'll ship the book to you right away. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! To everyone: thanks for participating in the giveaway! 

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program:

Hey everyone! It’s Clara Kensie, back with a new Question of the Week! Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as writing is talking about writing. So each week here at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.

December 29, 2013

AYAPers, I hope you all had fun celebrating your holidays, whatever they may be! But wait--you can't relax just yet: there’s one more holiday left this season. New Years Eve! Many people use the start of a new year to set resolutions for the months ahead. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that this week’s question is:

What are your writerly (and readerly) resolutions for 2014?

Don't say, "I wish." Say, "I will."

MY ANSWER: I have two books coming out in 2014 (RUN TO YOU Book One in February, and RUN TO YOU Book Two in June, both through Harlequin Teen), and I have no idea what to expect. I am both ecstatic and terrified. So my 2014 writing resolutions are: 

*To enjoy the journey.
*To not stress about things I can't control.
*To celebrate every success, big and small.
*To stay optimistic by surrounding myself with people who are honest yet supportive, and distancing myself from toxic people who always make me feel discouraged.
*To remember that no matter what happens, that I have done my best.
*To attend at least one readers' convention.
*To continue learning and improving my craft.
*To keep producing new manuscripts.
*To dedicate more time every day to reading.
*To fully appreciate 2014 as the year I achieved my dream of becoming a published author. Wow.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? What are your writing and reading resolutions for 2014?

Happy, happy new year, my friends! I hope your 2014 is fantabulous.


  1. Well, this year needs to be the year that I submit my novels and/or think seriously about self-publishing. Complicating matters, though, is the fact that I also submit my thesis this year! That's taken up so much of my time in recent years that I feel my writing has taken a back seat. I've still been working on various novel drafts but not with the determination I'd like. This year, hopefully, once I've submitted my thesis, can be a writing year.

  2. Congratulations on your upcoming books!
    My goal is to finish the manuscript I just started last week and have it polished and to my publisher by this summer.

  3. I want to keep trying to find an agent, though that's been my resolution for the past 2 years and it still hasn't happened. Guess everything has to happen it its own time. :) I'm happy about the progress I made this year, though. So hopefully things can only go up from here.

  4. Congrats on the books! One of my goals is to create writing "dates" with myself and keep them. I also want to polish one of my picture book manuscripts and get it ready for submission. Then work on the novel I began during NaNo Writing month.

  5. It will sure be an exciting year for you!! Love the resolutions too :) I never make resolutions - but aim to get a little better each day instead :)

  6. Congratulations on the upcoming books! It sounds like 2014 will be a wonderful year for you. I agree with your "enjoy the journey" and "not stress out over things I can't control" resolutions. Great ones to have for everything you have coming up :)

    I'm summing up all of my New Year's resolutions in one phrase:

    Be Content

    I've often worried over the smallest things in life, and ended up very stressed, tired, and depressed because of it. So, for 2014, I plan to be content with whatever comes my way.

    Happy New Year all! May 2014 be your best year yet!

  7. We talked about this in our writer's group today and one of our members actually wrote down what each of us said! That's daunting. I actually am resolved to writing fewer book reviews this year to leave me more time for my own writing. Seems ironic to write less to write more, but I think it will work. Fingers crossed.

  8. Congrats on the upcoming releases! Can't wait to dive into my writing goals for next year!


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