I agree with some people who say that if you truly mean to do something, you shouldn’t need a special day to declare it. In other words, your resolutions should be year-round. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that your resolutions can be made on New Year’s, but if you never make an effort to put those thoughts to action, it may as well just be another party with streamers and alcohol.
In the last two years, I have been very fortunate. I started each year with a goal that came to fruition by hard work and effort alone. People will have their own opinions of course as to whether those goals were worthy of the time and effort, but I’m satisfied.
For example: I worked my way up to this in 2014.
The writing won’t stop. But I do want to get more people to read my writing, otherwise I’m just yelling into the void.
So as I look back on my years of writing, I realize that one thing I have not done enough is to thank the people who have helped me to get where I am today. More specifically, I have often posted questions on forums with the intention of researching a specific story element. People have replied, but whether or not I thanked them for their reply, the one thing I might have done differently is to actually thank them by name/username in the acknowledgments section of my books.
So that is my resolution for the year 2016: Get more readers and find more expressive ways to thank people for their assistance.