Happy new year and a 2014 writer’s wish list

Happy new year! Hard to believe 2014 is here already. I was sick on new year’s eve this year so I’m starting a little late but I’m back in the swing of things now. I hope this will be  the best year yet. I have big plans for you, 2014. All I have to do is make them happen.

And on that note, here is my annual writer’s wish list, updated for 2014.


1. Time

This one always seems to be a given. I wish I had a TARDIS or a time turner to add some more hours to the day. Really what I need is better time management.

2. De-cluttering

It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years. I’m determined to become better organized this year and get rid of a lot of stuff I don’t need. Like old drafts of chapters I’ve since rewritten and the box of very old drafts 0f my published novel. Yikes. Why am I holding onto those? Nostalgia? Time to meet the recycling/shredding bin.

3. Finish book 2

I know, I was supposed to do this in 2013. It ended up not being a very productive year overall in terms of writing. I’ve found my way now and I have a plan. Should be easy if I can implement the time management of #1 on the list.

4. Read more

I actually read quite a bit (for me) in 2013 and discovered some great books, not necessarily new but new to me. I’m finally on the last book of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, which is quite an accomplishment considering the length of some of the books. (Don’t ask about GRRM’s ASoIF, still working on those.) I hope to read and blog more about some of the books I’m discovering and enjoying.

5. Blog more

To start, #4 will give me some things to blog about. I will strive to be more consistent in my posting.

6. Success for my writer friends

A number of writer friends were published last year and several are getting close to publication. We all support each other and I wish them many successes for the coming year. Fingers crossed that someone will make the big time!

7. Reconnecting with friends

We all have busy lives and families, but over the years I’ve realized how important friends are in my life. I’m lucky to have a number of friends who go way back. Even though we don’t see each other very often, we have no excuse not to stay in touch. I’ll do my best to make sure that happens.

8. Write every day

A page a day equals a 365-page novel after a year. It should be doable. After all, that’s what we writers do, isn’t it? We write. I need to remember that.

So do you have any resolutions, writing or otherwise, for the new year? Wishing you much success and happiness in whatever your endeavors may be!

About Cindy Young-Turner

Hippie chick who is still hoping to change the world someday. Author of the fantasy novel, Thief of Hope.
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3 Responses to Happy new year and a 2014 writer’s wish list

  1. M. L. Doyle says:

    A great list! I’m especially supportive of #3 and #8! A page a day is a great goal. And I really want you to finish your book. It’s been great to read so far!

  2. cj cooper says:

    Good post, Cindy! Thank you!
    I’ve decided that time-management efforts are pointless because time has a life of its own. Sometimes it passes too fast, or too slow. Sometimes it seems to be a never-ending rerun. I think this especially true for a writer, who must create a time setting that believable and is rarely in sync with his/her real life (which is sometimes unbelievable).

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