Even though it’s three weeks into the New Year, it’s never too late to set out your New Year Resolutions. In my opinion, you can decide on New Year Resolutions any time up until 31 December!
So, in no particular order, here are my creative resolutions for 2014.
1. Get organised
This is the very serious looking notebook where I plan my blog posts and jot down ideas.
I’m a big fan of those little notebooks which they give away with magazines. I don’t know what other people do with their free Harpers Bazaar notebook, but mine contains meticulous plot notes!
Does anyone else have any writerly superstitions? I can’t write except with a Bic finepoint pen! I write all my stories out by longhand in little notebooks, although sometimes the design doesn’t suit the storyline.
2. Consider setting up Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook profiles
Hmm, unfortunately this sounds like work. My resolution says “consider” not actually “set up”.
3. Re-design blog for a more professional look
I set this blog up six months ago using the first template I saw. Then people started popping in, and I haven’t really had a chance to redecorate!
However, this also sounds like work. Put this off for a month or two, I think.
4. Develop business strategy
This requires thinking. And work. Oh dear.
5. Read more
I’ve got to read more. I’m going to read at least one book a week. This is what’s on my reading list right now:
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
Frozen Earth: the once and future story of ice ages by Doug MacDougall
On Writing – a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline E. Smith
Tuned to a Dead Channel (Sci-fi Short Fiction Collection)
The French Cat by Rachel McKenna
“The French Cat” is admittedly a photography book, containing photographs of French cats. In this book I learned that Antoinette Deshoulieres, a poet at the court of Louis XIV, used to write letters in the name of her cat, Grisette, to the Duc of Vivonne’s dog.
I guess this proves that cats were always destined for literary greatness, as evident from the number of blogs that cats seem to be writing today 😉