New Year’s Goal

The dining room in the retirement home where I live was decorated for our New Year’s Eve party. Candles and various decorations served as festive centerpieces on the tables. One such decoration was a sign that read: Good luck with those resolutions!

Resolutions don’t usually last long, so I typically avoid making resolutions. It’s more effective to set goals than to make resolutions. This year, I have set one goal for myself. I intend to complete and publish a novel before the year is over. Although I have published several novels along with nonfiction books, I have not written fiction in several years. I’ve thought about this story for decades, but I have never been able to get it written. This is the year I’m going to do it!

I actually started writing a couple of months ago, and I have written about 15,000 words. Chances are, however, that many of these words won’t make it into the final version. As I wrote in some of the earliest posts on this blog, the first draft is supposed to be “pure green dreck,” but with rewrites and editing, the initial dreck can be turned into prose worth reading.

Happy New Year and good luck with your goals.

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