I've been reading both personal resolutions and writing goals, and I've decided to combine mine into a single guiding principle:
Creating happiness means:
I will make the things that makes me happy. It may be a novel, a picture book, a short story, or a drawing -- if I am expressing something, that is enough.
I will make things to make others happy. Writing what I want does not mean I'm talking to myself. I can't guarantee that everything will be published -- no one can! -- but I'll think of what a reader or viewer would like and write for them.
I will try to make other people happy. First is my family -- I won't let my goals and struggles get in the way. I will aim to make them happy, and I will also reach out more to others as well and grow the circle of the people in my life.
I will create happiness in myself. I can't make problems or sadness disappear but I will strive to appreciate the good that I have and live in the moments I have been given.
How much clearer it would be to post a word count goal! Reach it or fall
short, words end up the page either way. But creating happiness is only a
principle, and it's ambiguous by design.
The worlds we write carry over into the real world, for ourselves and our readers. I aim to increase my creative output this year without shutting the door. Mine will not be a refuge or flight from real life, and I will not let writing be a struggle that wears me down. I hope to find flow, joy, and peace in the creative process and create greater happiness in myself and others.
About Kell Andrews: Kell Andrews writes picture books and middle grade novels. Deadwood,
her middle-grade contemporary fantasy about a cursed tree, comes out
from Spencer Hill Middle Grade in June 2014.