Like a lot of people around the world, I decided to make a bunch of New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. Before this year, I had never given much thought to setting and keeping resolutions, but now that the end of high school is within my sight, I guess I can’t help but set some fancy goals.

And I’ve set a LOT of them. Ten, I think.

My resolutions are in multiple areas of my life, but most of them are related to writing or reading (no surprise there), so I figured I should share them with you guys. I’ve heard that the fear of public humiliation is a pretty good motivator for getting things done.

And who knows? Maybe spelling out my goals can help inspire some of you. 🙂

Resolution #1: Finish editing my novel – or at least, finish two more drafts

I’ll be honest: ever since I finished the first draft of my book last July, it’s just been sitting around my house, for the most part. Sure, I got about 20,000 words of it edited during NaNo last year, and I’m proud that I got as much edited as I did! Thing is, most of that draft was too much of a haphazard mess for me to deal with.

So I took a step back and planned out how I was going to edit my book baby, and I think I have a better idea of how to go about it now. I’ll start by reading through the entire manuscript, making notes about any issues or plot holes that need to be dealt with, then start typing up a second draft. Once that’s done, I’ll use beta feedback to write a third draft.

I’ll definitely let you guys know when Draft Two is ready for beta-reading, so be on the lookout for that!

Resolution #2: Read & finish 45 booksRelated image

I’ve never set a reading goal before, but I figured I should. 45 books seems like a reasonable challenge; not too easy, not too difficult. After all, I still have to worry about school, and there used to be a time when I could easily read 45 books a year. That’s 3-4 books a month. I’ve already finished two books this month, so it looks like I can do that again.

There are a ton of books that I want to read, from the Tao te Ching to The Hate U Give to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, so this should be fun!

(Also, my TBR list is longer than my arm, and I keep adding things to it, but I’ll still try to read the whole backlist, ahahaha.)

Resolution #3: Keep writing blog posts once a month

I started writing regular blog posts in the middle of last year, and it’s been great! You guys are wonderful!

You guys can definitely expect to keep seeing posts from me around the middle of every month, and who knows? I might throw a few extra posts in there because I love you guys that much. <3

Resolution #4: Write a song

I got a guitar for Christmas and let me tell you, I already love that thing! I’ve already figured out the finger placement for a few chords, and since I like writing poetry, I figure that it’s only a matter of time before I write a song with both lyrics and music. I don’t know for sure what it’ll sound like, but I’m sure I’ll have a stack of songs by the end of December.

Resolution #5: Win NaNoWriMo

This one is pretty self-explanatory. I’ve created NaNo projects twice before, but I haven’t won yet, so I’m hoping that this November, my third time will be the charm.

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Resolution #6: Work on something once a week, outside of creative writing club

If you guys have been around TAJ for a while, you probably know that I started a creative writing club at my school. It’s really great, and I love having a space to do nothing but write with a bunch of nice people who also love writing. Thing is, I haven’t been writing much except for the speed-writes and prompts that we use in the club as of late, even though I have more ideas than ever.

So, I’m setting a goal to write things outside of the club or school at least once a week. Showing up on the page is kind of important.

Resolution #7: Publish one of my stories in a literary journal

One of the journals I’m thinking of submitting to. It’s hard to get accepted by Clarkesworld, but I can try 🙂

And here we have the big dream goal!

Being a professional writer is my end game, and I know that editing and publishing novels is just one of many ways to do it. Plus, I’ve always liked writing short stories. Sure, one of them turned into a horrible 12,000-word fanfic and has been sitting on my computer for almost four years, but that didn’t make it less fun to write. I think I’ve gotten better over the years, too.

Short stories are also especially embraced in the science fiction community, so I know that if I shop my stories around to enough journals, at least one of them will either accept a story, or reject it with feedback. It might not be Clarkesworld or Asimov’s, but someone will.

Might as well start now and see if I can get published! If I succeed, it’ll help put my name out there as a writer, and if I don’t, I’ll still get experience submitting my work to editors – a win-win scenario, pretty much!


So there you have it guys! Those are my bookish resolutions for 2018! Hopefully they were interesting and/or inspiring to some of you.

What are some of your bookish New Year’s resolutions? Let me know in the comments below!

~~~ Mandy



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Hi guys! I'm a 17-year-old nerd with a passion for written words. When I'm not on here, I'm probably sleeping, doing homework, binge-watching YouTube, or perhaps actually writing. To see more snippets of my life, follow me on Instagram (@ahberryhere)

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  • MandyBerry your one of my biggest inspiration to read. I respect your mindset and I hope you reach every goal you set. One Question before I leave this comment here to hand until otherwise. Why 45 books? I know that you of all people feel as though if something in life comes easy it’s not worth having, and I ask because goals are meant to help you break barriers. So why set a goal that you already know is achievable.

    • I know it’s possible for me to read 45 books in a year, but I haven’t done it in a long time and it won’t be easy, so if I fall off the wagon, I won’t complete it.
      Mostly it’s a measure to make sure I keep reading.

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