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New Year’s Revolutions
The first year I can remember New Year’s, I really thought they were called revolutions, like the Revolutionary War…LOL.
In the last few years, I have made and actually achieved my New Year’s resolutions. I quite smoking in 1997 and went back to school in 1998, both of those were New Year’s resolutions. I alos finished my first novel in 2012 and that was a New Year’s resolution as well.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If you do, here are my tips:
1. Just because you make the goal in January, doesn’t mean you have to start in January. Both quitting smoking and going back to school were resolutions I made in January. Because there were obstacles in the way to both goals, I chose to pursue them later in the year. I quit smoking in April 1997 and did the leg work to go back to school in May of 1998.
2. Maybe the goal is too big for one year. If your resolution seems daunting, break it down into smaller goals. For example, my goal in 2012 was to finish A Place to Call Their Own and have it ready for submission. My goal wasn’t to have it accepted, just have it ready for submission. I sent it in October 2012 and it was accepted in February 2013.
3. Make it a routine to work on your goal. Schedule time to work on your goal daily, weekly, or monthly, whatever works. For me, the more I work on a goal and the closer I get, the more excited I get to achieve it. There are days when it is all I can do to work on the bare minimum, but most days I am excited to work on goals like writing.
I have blogged about many more tips on my personal blog, but these are my favorite tips and the ones that help me the most.
My New Year’s resolutions are to publish two novels this year and write two novels. I am working on editing my merman manuscript, Sartin, so half of that goal should be done soon.
How about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017? I’d love to hear!
About Dean FrechWith inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and published by Musa Publishing in 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year by Musa.
Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his husband, Thomas (legally as of February 14, 2015), and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather, and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, his hobbies include reading and patio gardening.
Dean is currently working a standalone title, Need Your Love, set in 1966, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.
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