2014 New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014. My wish for all of you is that 2014 is your year and that it delivers all that your heart desires!!

I have to say that 2013 was an amazing year for me! I became a published author, I had my first two Meet the Author/Book Signing events, I met and became friends with some wonderful Indie and Traditional authors...and I won NaNoWriMo! As I sit here and contemplate what I'd like 2014 to bring, I can't help but shake my head in wonder. If you'd told me on January 1, 2013 that all of these things would happen, I'd have laughed in your face.

This past year's accomplishments has me contemplating my resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. Finishing Back to December is at the top of my list and as I sit here writing this post, so many more come to mind. So here, in black and white, are my 2014 resolutions and goals. I figure if I write them down and post them publicly, I'll be more likely to succeed!

2014 Resolutions & Goals

1. Finish Back to December: With the ending of NaNoWriMo and the holiday season, Back to December has been sitting on my desk, begging for my attention. I haven't had the time to write but now that the holidays are over and the littles are back in school, it's time for me to plant myself at my desk and knock it out. I did sit down last night and work on rewriting the beginning to make it align with the change of plot I wrote back in November during NaNoWriMo. This will hopefully clear my mind so that I can write the ending.

2. Publish Back to December: It might seem like this is an obvious step, but I'm a list maker and if something's not on the list it usually doesn't get done.

3. Strengthen relationships with my new friends: This, I think, speaks for itself. I've made some wonderful connections this year and I would hate to lose them this next year. I've been blessed to be a part of some excellent groups this year and I'm looking forward to continuing with them this year. I'm excited to see what this new year brings!

4. Schedule more Meet the Author/Book Signings: I love doing these! I love being able to share my story with new and old fans.

5. Make time for more Indie Reviews: Part of the reason I feel I've been successful this year is because of the support of other Indie authors. I started writing Indie Reviews this year and I hope to do more of that this year. I want to be able to give back as much, if not more, to those who have supported me.

6. Get better at Marketing: Whether that means more followers on Twitter, more likes on Facebook, participating in giveaways, more sales, etc, I need to learn more and implement it.

7. Create a better Writing & Family Balance: This is something I struggled with quite a bit this year. As a SAHM, sometimes it's hard to make the time for writing. During the day is hard because one of the littles is home and usually wants my attention. Evenings are hard because the second little is home from school and the hubby is home from work. The evenings are hard because I'm exhausted from the day and just want to veg out on the couch with my hubby watching a movie, playing a video game, knitting or reading! The past few days I created a writing schedule, much like the one I created for NaNoWriMo. Once the hubby and I agree on it, I'll post it to my calendar and do my best to stick to it. I must treat this like a job, because as soon as the littlest little goes to school next year, it will be my job! Getting into good habits now will help me to keep them better next year!

8. Write Every Day: This is another thing I struggle with. I'm horrible about sitting down and ensuring I write something down. Whether it's a blog post, a journal post, a chapter in a novel or even a Facebook or Twitter post, I can procrastinate like no one else. I know that writing every day helps make me a better writer and that alone should be all I need to do it. So my goal this year is to do just that, write something every day.

9. Complete Emily's Choice & publish by Halloween: Emily's Choice is my very first novel that I wrote as a senior in high school. I have rewritten it at least six times and have lost the original copy that I wrote way back when. My goal, once Back to December is out the door to the beta readers, is to pull out Emily's Choice, dust it off and get it done! I'd like to have it rewritten, beta read, edited and published by Halloween. The reason for this is goal 10.

10. Start Dreaming of Love for 2014 NaNoWriMo: Dreaming of Love will be the sequel to my debut novel To Love Twice. The story will be Mary's journey to finding her own true love. This will take place 20 years after the ending of To Love Twice, so in the mean time I'm writing short stories that follow Mary's journey of child and teenage-hood here on my blog and also on Wattpad. The collection of short stories is called The Heart Between. I plan to write these short stories, at least once a month, until Dreaming of Love is published.

And there they are. 10 resolutions and goals that I hope, on January 1, 2015, I can honestly say I succeeded in accomplishing. Do you have any resolutions or goals? Please share them in the comments!

Happiest of New Years to you all! xoxo

-Heather

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