Happy New Year! It’s the first day of 2014, and as we all know, the start of a new year means the promise of new beginnings. It also means the emergence of those infamous promises we make ourselves: New Year’s resolutions. Sure, maybe most of them don’t make it past February, but I still think it’s good to motivate ourselves to make the next year even better than the last. That’s why I want to start this year’s blog posts with a list of my own resolutions for my 2014 writing experience!

2014

Since I’m in vacation mode, I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Here are my hopes for 2014:

1) Be more productive with my writing. Not that I haven’t been productive already, but there’s always room for improvement, right? It probably goes without saying that I’d love to be able to write even more in 2014 than I did in 2013, as much for my blog as for my stories. What writer wouldn’t want the time and inspiration to work on several projects at once?

2) Work more on my novels. I admit it: I haven’t been working on my novels as much as I should. I could blame it on all the other projects that I’ve been busy with lately, but in the back of my mind, I still keep telling myself I should be working on my novels every day, even if it’s just a little bit at a time. Hopefully I can get back on track this year. Like many aspiring writers, I dream of the day when I can finally say I published a book!

3) Read new books. Guess who got Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for Christmas? Hint: she’s so excited to read these books that she’s blogging about them right now! I’m looking forward to reading some great new books this year, and maybe even adding them to my list of book reviews!

4) Connect with more writers. I really should be networking more. After all, if I want to be a successful author, it’s essential that I connect with as many other writers as possible. I’ve already met some very interesting people in the past year; I hope to meet many more in the year to come!

5) Keep having fun! Need I say more?

So what about you? What are your hopes for 2014?

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