2016 - A New Year For Writing

2016It’s a new year, which means a new writing resolution.

This year, I have only one: to put my middle-grade novel through another rigorous revision and submit it to an editor who has given me permission to do so.

It also marks the end of last year’s writing project, A Year in Disney Movies, which ballooned into much more than I expected. What I thought would be a little “side-blogging” endeavor ended up swallowing almost all my writing time, as each post took about five hours to compose: two hours to view the film, and three hours to write the review. Since my work schedule rarely affords me three hours at a stretch, that meant it usually took me three days to write a single post, after which there weren’t a lot of days left to sink into my longer writing projects. Somehow I managed to finish the second draft of my Rapunzel novel in all that as I tried not to get too depressed about my goals for my other projects falling by the wayside. Although I made so little progress on my novels in 2015, I continued to write about 15 pages a week in my journal in addition to the Disney blog. I kept telling myself that I hadn’t stopped writing, although without making any progress on a novel, it sometimes it felt that way.

I am not totally done with A Year in Disney Movies — this week I have to post on the last movie in the animated canon, Big Hero Six. I watched the movie last night but am having trouble mustering up the motivation to write about it — probably because I know there isn’t another movie waiting on its heels this weekend.

I also hope that with my Disney blogging project off my plate, I will get back into the habit of posting here on a regular basis. Here’s to my first attempt!

Do you make writing resolutions? What are they?