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By Dennis Finocchiaro

With the start of 2012, everyone is thinking about resolutions; some plan to lose weight and exercise, others might want to try new things, start a hobby, hit that museum they keep thinking about…so I asked some of the WragsInk staff and the Philly Anthology authors about their writing/publishing resolutions for 2012. Here’s how they responded:

Rich Okewole, publisher extraordinaire, says

“My resolution is to do a better job of handling my task list on a daily basis and to constantly try to fix things from the day before.”

Dimeji Okewole, more of a list guy, says,

  • Ongoing improvement as a publisher.
  • Do more legwork (as much as possible).
  • Get to more local readings

Bill Freas of the story Baked Goods had this to say:

1. Adhere to style standards enough to be respected, but not so much you lose your soul.
 2. Develop characters rich enough that you actually would want to have a drink with them to get further in their brains.
 3. Only write stories that I NEED to tell and set the crap aside – those may turn from crap to gold next year.
 4. Stop letting the negative voices from outside my head get inside and make noise, thus disrupting the writing.
 5. Don’t feel constrained by genre – hybrids tend to be more effective anyway.

Jordyn Occhipinti – author of How Do You Like Your Deer Meat?, says

“My writing resolutions are: to quit making excuses, to quit being so scared, to be more daring, adventurous, precise and delicate, to be less embarrassed, to write so much more, to find some sort of comforting discomfort or discomforting comfort in truth and practice and commitment to craft, to find the time, to stop abusing the thesaurus, to stop avoiding the impulse, to finally share and to finally show.”

Kathryn Evans Ombaum, author of Fresh:

“My writing resolutions for 2012 are simple: write everyday in some
way.  I have my blog, my editing clients, my unfinished short stories,my recent trip to Kenya to get out of my head –  I have so much to do! So no excuses for too much Facebook and reality television, if I’m not working, caring for my child, or sleeping, why not write?”

John Fowler of the story Peephole, says,

“My resolution for 2012 is to break this writer’s block.  The last story that I wrote was over a year ago and that was for a creative writing class.  It was a lot easier to discipline myself when I knew I had a grade to earn.  Aside from procrastination, I also need to start reading more.  The more you read the better writer you become. ”

Eric McKinley, author of Lamar’s Inheritance:

“I have a couple of resolutions: 1). Make every character I write this year have one memorable moment. 2). Finish a first draft of the novel I’m working on.”

Angela Marchesani of the short story Open had this to say:

“I resolve to continue practicing the verbal description of physical experiences—- something I struggle with and avoid.
I resolve to move forward with my book project and to take steps EACH day toward the final product.
I resolve to experiment with different types of writing and seek new arenas in which to share my writing.”
Steve Rauscher, author of New Face in Hell:

“I need to devote an hour a night to my writing so I can finish the novel I’ve been working on since 2008 by 2013!”

Shawn Proctor, author of Heartwood and another list guy, says:

1. Find an agent for first novel. Stop wondering why it took so long to finish.
2. Finish second novel.
3. When in the middle of a project, write according to the Michael Chabon’s writing plan: 5 days a week, 1,000 words a day. (Try it. Your mileage may vary.)
4. Submit three times for every rejection. Seriously.
5. Read writers who inspire me. Write them each a message thanking them for being amazing.
6. Write something so amazing another writer will send me a thank you message.

Robert Masciantonio of the short New Girl in Town had this to say:

“In 2012 I’d like to get a few literary and comic books out there.”

Alisha Ebling, author of The Letter:

“My New Year’s Resolution for writing is to just continue to do it every day, no matter what. The more practice, the better it gets, and the less likely your characters and story are to become something foreign that you can no longer relate to.”

So how about other authors out there? They always say it’s good that goals that have been written down are more likely to be achieved, why not comment here and let us know? Thanks for stopping by.

Anthology Philly is the upcoming collection of short stories by Philadelphia authors. Editor Dennis Finocchiaro, author of Capturing a Moment and The Z Word, chose the best of new authors from the area and WragsInk compiled them into a book.

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