New Years Resolutions

Hey there!  

Long time, no blog. I took some much needed time off at the end of December to spend time with family and unwind before the start of another new year. However, I'm back now! And, I'm more excited than ever because I have some exciting New Years Resolutions! 

Historically, I've avoided New Years Resolutions because there is so much pressure to succeed. If you fail, then you feel miserable and--the real kicker--you wait until the next New Year to try again! However, I have a lot I want to get done this year and I think a few Resolutions are just the place to start. 

So, without further ado, here are my book and blog-related New Years Resolutions! 

1) Post on my blog at least twice a week. 

I've been pretty good about posting every week, but this resolution is just an insurance policy to make sure I continue to do so. 

2) Read one book per week.

This resolution may be a tough one to maintain. As some of you may know, I'm working on writing my first novel, and, when I'm writing, it's very hard for me to read something at the same time. I notice that I start to write like whatever author I'm reading. However, reading more means more book reviews on my blog, which means this resolution will help me complete the first resolution. 

3) Half of the books I read need to come from books I already own.  

I own SO many books I haven't read yet. Book buying is a hobby for me. If I walk into a store and see a book I want, it's almost impossible for me not to buy it. The problem? There aren't enough days in the year to read all of the books I buy! That is why I want atleast 26 books I read this year to come from the monstrous pile of books I own, but have yet to read. 

4) Finish the first draft of my book by the end of January

This is a short term goal, but I felt I should still add it. I tried NaNoWriMo and ran into some issues, but now I'm creating JaNoWriMo (January Novel Writing Month). As of now, im 35 pages into my first draft, and I want to have my entire first draft finished before February 1st. This is a lofty goal, but not impossible!  

5) Start the process of getting my novel published.  

I really want to get my novel published in 2016. That gives me 12 months to finish the first draft, revise, revise again, look for an agent, and find a publisher. Again, lofty, but doable. I don't want to be someone who locks their manuscript away and never does anything with it. Even if my book gets rejected, I will be one step closer to being a published author.  

These are my book-related plans for this year. Let me know in the comments what your New Years Resolutions are! 

So Long,

Mallory