Welcome to my first creative writing post of 2017! The great thing about January is that it brings the optimism of new beginnings and fresh goals to pursue (even if many of them fall by the wayside mid-year). Every year I make a fresh batch of resolutions for the most important aspects of my life, and my writing is definitely no exception!

So to start off this year on the right foot, here are a few resolutions I’m hoping to keep in 2017. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

To get published in a scientific journal

Now that I’ve finished my Master’s thesis, the next step is to be published in a scientific journal. A final requirement for attaining my degree is to submit the main chapter for publication within a year after completing the program, so I’ll need to finish the revisions with my coauthors and submit the paper before the year is up. It’ll probably feel like another mad dash, but if I survived my graduate program, I’m sure I’ll be able to meet my next goal in 2017!

To make a career out of my writing

Since I was a child, my dream has been to become a published fiction author. Now as a young adult, my horizons have been expanded to include blogging and scientific writing. Whatever I choose to write this year and the years to come, I hope to someday make a living out of my writing skills. I know that may be a tall order for just one year’s time, but I’m ready to at least take some major steps toward that goal in 2017!

To continue growing my blogging network

I know, I make this resolution every year, but it’s just as important now as it always was, if not more. I had fun networking with new writers last year, and I’d love to continue that momentum! It would be great to participate in more blogging events and even try a few guest post exchanges this year. Here’s hoping I’ll meet many more writers and readers in 2017!

What about you? Do you have any new resolutions for 2017? What are your plans for your writing?

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