This week, I helped clean out and organize the family garage and thought about my 2015 resolutions. I have two lists – one for chores and the second is “My 2015 Non-Commitments for My Writing Growth.”

The first three items were submitted to Deadwood Writers.

1) Enter the Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest. I did submit a short, short story to their 2014 contest, but didn’t win. I’m working on one for 2015.

2) Send two short humor pieces to Reader’s Digest. I’m waiting to hear from them.

3) Write 25,000 words of my novel, “January Market.” I’m struggling with this one. I’ve got to get back to it before I lose my story.

My other commitments include writing my monthly blog for Deadwood Writers Voices. Done.

I also planned to write one column for my family reunion book this year. I completed the entire reunion book telling some of my family’s history and included some facts about Michigan, the site of the reunion. That sparked interest and inspired a guessing game as part of our “Meet and Greet” activities.

My other commitments include completing several writing projects, organizing my writing, and reading more genre fiction books. With five months to go before the end of the year, I expect to check off a few more listed items.

How are your writing commitments or resolutions coming? Were you able to complete at least some of them? If not, what are your plans for the rest of the year?


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    • Kelly Bixby on September 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm
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    I’m behind on my non-resolutions but still moving forward with writing. Thanks for reminding me that there’s still time to achieve my goals.

      • Book Lover on September 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm
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      Kelly, as long as you’re breathing, you still have time to achieve your goals. Good luck.

    • Sue Remisiewicz on September 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm
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    I admire your progress! Of my three original non-commitments, I just managed to do the first one: I will start work on one of the novels I have floating in my head. The other two, well, I won’t talk about that. 🙂

    I’m also trying to read twelve books this year. I’ve managed to finish four so far. Got to get moving!

      • Book Lover on September 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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      Sue, good for you for completing your first non-commitments and for reading four books so far this year. You should always feel good about what you’ve accomplished and not worry about what you don’t complete.

    • Karen Kittrell on September 9, 2015 at 8:42 am
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    Thanks for the reminder to check the goals for the years – so far so good. Why limit yourself to the Writers Digest contest? Submit the same story to every contest that takes your length and style?

      • Book Lover on September 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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      You’re welcome. As a matter of fact I did submit the same story to different contests. I read the contest rules carefully before submitting to make sure there were no conflicts such as publication-of-winning-entry vs. publication-of-title-only. This allowed me a first place win with title-only-publication and an honorable mention and publication of the same story. That’s a win-win situation for me.

    • Book Lover on September 6, 2015 at 10:05 pm
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    Kook-Wha Koh, you’ve done a great job. Keep up the good work.

    • Kook-Wha Koh on September 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm
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    Three items were my resolution in 2015,
    1. Keep writing……doing well
    I submitted to the editor ” My Story ” with about 40 pages story end of August
    This book has 7-8 authors for inspiring women engineers and scientists and
    it will be published in Korea.
    I am one of the authors.

    2. Monthly submission to Deadwood Voice Blog… Stpped to submit in May and I will start
    soon to submit.
    3. Organizing for 3rd book by self publishing in 2016….. Doing well

    I enjoyed to read your tstories

    • Claire Murray on September 6, 2015 at 10:42 am
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    I’m impressed with all the resolutions you were able to accomplish. I only hope that I do as well with mine.

      • Book Lover on September 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm
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      Thank you, Claire. I’m hoping to do more before the year is over.

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