Tuesday, January 3, 2012


By Maria Ferrer

It's a New Year.  A time for joy, for peace, for goodwill, for resolutions.  But resolutions are easily broken. Heck, it's a tradition to break them, and yes, Virginia, the sooner you break them the more points you get.

Hence, I don't like the word or the idea of "resolutions." I prefer goals or my all-time favorite, to-do lists.  I get orgasmic if I can cross something off a list.  Ooh.

So I've compiled my to-do list for 2012.  The "trick" to a good to-do list is to be specific, to be realistic and to keep it short.  For example:

1.  Get up one hour early on weekdays to write or revise manuscript.
2.  Have new pages for Critique partner every other week.
3.  Attend monthly RWA Chapter meetings to network and energize.
4.  Submit short story / enter contest every quarter.

Short, sweet and to the point -- and better yet, these items are achievable and affirming to the Writer within.  And, isn't that the whole point of New Year's Resolutions?

I will submit my To-do list to RWANYC's 2012 Time Capsule at the January 7 meeting.  It will be fun to see how much I have achieved and how many items I will be able to cross off my list at year's end.

Hope to see you there as well. Until then, Happy New Year, Happy Writing!

NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: Saturday, January 7, at TRS at 44 East 32nd Street, 11th floor, 12 noon.

Maria Ferrer writes erotica and contemporary romance. She's published in one and hopeful on the other.  Visit her at www.mydelcarmen.com and www.4horsewomen.blogspot.com.  She is also RWANYC's newsletter editor and is always looking for writers and stories. Hint. Hint.

1 comment:

  1. Good list. I plan to keep writing those short stories too while working on two contemporary cowboy romances.