January 2020 New Years Goals


Who isn’t making New Year’s Goals or Resolutions? Most people are, including this writer. One thing that’s always at the bottom of the list is reading. I usually include “Read (an unrealistic number) books.”

As a writer, teacher, and librarian, you’d think it would be more of a priority. The benefits of reading are well-documented:

  • It exercises our brains.
  • Reading teaches us about the world around us.
  • Improves vocabulary and language skills.
  • Develops imagination
  • Great form of entertainment and relaxation.

I’m resolving to read more for pleasure this year, and not only for research or for reviews. Someone in our writers’ group is going through the 100 Best Classics. I may find a list like that and dive in. Or maybe just go from one random interest to another.

Reading is why I became an author, and it’s high time I got back to it. Maybe I’ll join a book club. It might be best to start with the “To Read” stacks of books I have on my nightstand.

Stephen King, as well as many other authors of note, have stated that if you want to write, you must read, read, read.

War and Peace, anyone?




Sarah Shuttleworth: To continue to be creative, learn, and grow as a writer.

Vea Anna Hooker: My goal is to finish the first draft of “Are There Ghosts in my Attic or Just Bats in my Belfrey”.

Frances Gomez Armstrong: Mine is to go back to last year’s Nano’s story and work on finishing it.

Glenda Bonham: Do editing on novel already written.

Jodi Martin: YEESH!

Jody Day: To stick with a writing schedule and daily word count goal.

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