Daily Prompt #JusJoJan Jan 1: Resolutions…No – Goals…Yes

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I simply plod along day-by-day doing the best I can with what I have to work with. I’m a pretty decent sort, so maybe that’s as close to a resolution as I’ll ever get is by continuing to be a decent person.

I am, however, going to pursue five writing-related goals this year.

  1. I will blog every day. (I’ve never attempted this.)
  2. I will catch up on responding to comments people left on my blog in 2022. (head hanging in shame) 2022 deteriorated in ways that drained creativity, coherent thought, and energy right out of me. Ugh. (This is a short-term goal that I’ll accomplish in the next couple of weeks.)
  3. I will respond to comments on my posts in a timely manner. (Easy-peasy)
  4. I will make more comments on other’s blog posts that I read rather than just hitting the ‘like’ button so often. (Easy-peasy, too)
  5. I will make more progress on my fiction writing in 2023 than I did in 2022. (This is easily within reach as my writing progress was woefully meager in 2022.)

For me, a goal is something to work toward and to achieve with wiggle room built in to alter the goal as circumstances warrant. A resolution is a commitment with no wiggle room. It’s all or nothing. Life throws enough challenges and disappoints my way. I don’t need to set myself up for failure with resolutions. I embrace Captain Barbossa’s (paraphrased) words.

A goal is more what you’d call a guideline than an actual rule.

Until next time,
Kaye Spencer
writing through history one romance upon a time




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