Friday, January 6, 2012

Just Keep Swimming

My New Year’s Resolution this year isn’t to get an agent.

Or a book deal.

Or even get to published in any shape, way, or form.

This year’s resolution is to simply stay in the game.

I will not stop writing.

I will not stop blogging.

I will not stop making connections.

I will not stop querying.

I will not stop critiquing.

I will not stop learning and improving my craft in any way I can.

I will not stop. 

Because this is what writers do.

Real writers- the ones that eventually make it onto your bookshelves or into your kindle are there because they did. not. stop.

THAT is my goal this year.  No matter what happens- for the next twelve months- January to December, I will keep doing what I’m doing.

Because through the deception, the small victories, the heartache, the difficulties, hair-pulling revisions and personal matters knocking down your door- sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to just. keep. swimming.


Even swimming in place is something to be proud of:)

54 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

Love this - I'm in! These are terrific goals.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Perfect!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Because those that stop swimming won't achieve any of those things!
And if they are a fish, that means they also die. Sad.

Christine Danek said...

You said it perfectly. I've found that I've been saying this on a daily basis. Love it!!

salarsenッ said...

I love you!! This is my saying!!!!! OMGosh...too funny. You have to repost this or at least something like it on Jan. 23rd for my blogfest. We're posting goals!

Jen Daiker said...

I LOVE THIS AND LOVE YOU!!! This was exactly what I came to realize this morning while I was driving to work!!!

We focus so much on the end game but never think about the middle. For once, just enjoy writing, blogging, querying. Take those moments for what there worth, time to grow. The minute they've past your drowning in a new place with no escape. Be prepared, be smart... but most of all, be a writer.

Much love on this friday! :D

DL Hammons said...

AMEN Girl! And when swimming seems to much...tread water! :)

JennaQuentin said...

Amen! It encourages me to hear a goal like that said out loud - I'll join you! Do you think it's a bit harder of expats like us? Or does it not make much difference for you? Bon courage, quand même!

Connie Keller said...

Thanks for the encouragement!

shelly said...

Smniles to you! It's always nice to have a swim partner. Especially when the ocean is so enormous you can't see the end or the bottom.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Perfect goals. Just keep swimming and you reach where you want to be. =o)

Natalie Aguirre said...

I have similar goals. Thanks for sharing.

Suz Korb said...

Some days I need to stop, but I always get back to it the very next day.

Talli Roland said...

I think those are great resolutions, because they're things you can control! Good luck, and happy 2012!

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Yay! I love this...esp that it leaves you open to whatever possibilities fate decides to send your way :)

And, you're right, writing have no choice but to keep on going.

Tonja said...

I love your last line!

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

*fist pump*
oh yeah!

Marisa Hopkins said...

YAY, love this! It's hard to make goals that are out of your control, like get an agent or a book deal - but swimming - that's totes doable! (also, Swimming is my fave Florence + the Machine song - whenever I want to just throw in the towel and quit, I stick that song on, and sing it into my hair brush full blast (I'm tone deaf so this is probably a terrible thing) and it keeps me going :D )

Slamdunk said...

I appreciate you providing the inspiration CQG. The kids had Nemo and that line on this weekend.

Brinda said...

Hey, is that fish Dory up there? Great post and I, too, am swimming.

Cheyanne said...

This is exactly me. Totally me. So much has gone on in my life lately that staying in the game is all I can hope to accomplish - and it's all that really matters anyway! Don't give up!

Cherie Reich said...

Those are fantastic goals and ones you can control too, which are the best kind. Just keep swimming, you'll get there. :)

Charcoal Renderings said...

Also brilliant advice for the unemployed actor. Sigh.

::straps on floaties::

LET'S DO THIS!!!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great goals, Katie, especially since the first ones wouldn't be goals either way. You can't control those. You can only control the ones you listed as your resolutions. Fate and luck has nothing to do with them.

Hart Johnson said...

Very very good plan, in particular because none of those other things are in your control, but keeping on keeping on IS. Absolutely. Just Keep Swimming.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

GREAT goals. All of them are in your control. Keep writing and keep dreaming! :D Have a great weekend!

Julie said...

I guess I don't need to post my goals for the year since you said exactly what I was going to say! LOL.
I agree ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! Just keep swimming. That is what will pay off in the end.
Good luck! We're in this together. :)

Julie said...

I guess I don't need to post my goals for the year since you said exactly what I was going to say! LOL.
I agree ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! Just keep swimming. That is what will pay off in the end.
Good luck! We're in this together. :)

Meredith said...

I love this! It's definitely how I feel, too. I know we can do it!

Anne said...

I second that motion!!!

Matthew MacNish said...

At least we can't drown.

SHANNON O'DONNELL said...

*sigh* I like that goal. I like it a lot. :-)

LD Masterson said...

Indeed.

Shirley Wells said...

Well said!

Patti said...

I totally had Dorie's voice in my head as I read your post. Well said.

JEM said...

I'm on board! I feel the same way.

farawayeyes said...

You go girl!

Heather Kelly said...

Love this goal! (And love Dorie!) And I love the attitude behind this goal! I'm excited for all the work I'm going to put into 2012!

Angela Brown said...

DO.
NOT.
STOP.

Excellent goal. I wish you the best. By not stopping, you're setting yourself up to go, go, do and become.

Cynthia Lee said...

This is all very true. Good for you!

prerna pickett said...

awesome goals. Keep going!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome post! Good luck!

Now I'm gonna have that song stuck in my head all day long....

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Yay, Katie!!!
I like that attitude, and I'm rooting for you!

Donelle Lacy said...

Yep! I believe you can do it. Persistence wins out over a lot. I have a great feeling about this year. I hope it brings you everything you're swimming toward.

Donna Hosie said...

Sounds very healthy to me.

Dominique said...

I share your goals for the year. I wish you great success. High five!

Misha Gericke said...

Excellent goals! You go girl! :-)

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Yay. You go for it.

Old Kitty said...

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!

I love Dori - what a fabulous fun fish!!

You go GIRRRRRRL!! Take care
x

Kittie Howard said...

Fantastic and inspirational resolutions. It's soooo nice to read about optimism, the bright side of life. Happy New Year to you and yours!

LTM said...

Hey! That's MY motto, Dori! And I'm glad it's yours. Just keep swimming~ :o) <3

Susanne Drazic said...

Wonderful goals. Happy 2012!
: )

Max Dorkster said...

I want to add something for CQG because I dig this blog. It's honest. Stephen King stressed honesty on an apocalyptic level in On Writing, and my take is you're on the right track.

Don't just get "novel"-vision. Satisfaction from writing can and does also come from publishing in a dozen other ways. King also stressed earning credits and paying dues. Slap out a magazine article. Do something for a local paper. Contribute to a newsletter or ____.
Seeing your byline on that is nearly as exciting as seeing one on a book. Plus, then you have street cred - ie, others have paid for/utilized your skill.

That kind of work goes miles toward landing an agent. It's quick, it's fun, and you would probably shine.

-MC

Scarlett said...

Great minds think alike! I'm just getting around to checking up on all that I missed while out of town last week, and see that you and I both wrote about "Just Keep Swimming"!

I hear you! You have *my* support!

Love! And Happy Writing!

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