Friday, January 7, 2011

Poetry Tips: New Year's Resolutions

Yes, I bring this up every year but it is important to have resolutions for your own writing and even reading. This year I hope to do better than last year in sending out poems for publication more regularly, at least once a month. I also plan on continuing my quest for reading poets I haven’t read before.
How about you, Dear Reader? What resolutions would you like to make? To write more often? Read new-to-you poets? Publish more poems? Organize your poems and submissions? There are plenty of resolutions one can make. If you would be willing, I’d love to see your resolutions in the comments section.

Good luck to all of you in your creative endeavors this year, please stop in again on Monday…


Jim Murdoch said...

I couldn't call it a New Year's resolution (since I made it in December) but I have decided to become more sociable and get out of the house and meet some real people.

Art Durkee said...

I don't do New Year's Resolutions. I think they're a total set-up. Most people make resolutions they already know that aren't going be able to live up to; so when they inevitably fail, it's a set-up to beat themselves up, feel guilty, etc.

We can hope to do better, or make plans—but actually following through requires us to develop self-discipline. Most resolutions are magical thinking, assuming that an act of will is all we need to make a change, and ignoring the discipline needed to actually do it.

The second reason is, if you do after all have the self-discipline to make a resolution and follow through on it, you can do that anytime. You don't have to wait for New Year's. (Just as Jim says about his December decision.) So I think the pressure to do resolutions just once a year is part of the set-up: it lets us off the hook for the rest of the year, when it really counts.

Poet Hound said...

Dear Jim,
I believe it still counts as a resolution, most people say you can begin anytime you want. Good luck and I hope you get out more.

Dear Art,
While I disagree about it being a set-up you can start any time just like you said. It does take the pressure off to start some other time than New Year's Day with any new habit you want to form. Good luck with all of your creative endeavors.