Every year, I write a list of resolutions because A) without goals I have no sense of achievement, and B) my lack of discipline is a show of disrespect for my art. Once the year starts, I’m off and running again. Not sure where I’ll end up in 2014, but I plan on living big through it all.
#1 Do not let your prose tie you down.
#2 Don’t try to please anyone with your writing, not even yourself.
#3 Don’t take yourself too seriously, the second you do you admit defeat.
#4 Invite friends over for cocktail parties.
#5 Let the noise be your muse.
#6 Take pleasure from the physical and the metaphysical.
#7 Honor the underground.
#8 Interview more poets coz they’re the shit.
#9 Take ethereal selfies.
#10 Believe in the senses.
#11 Kill the pain with words.
#12 Play the game your own way – with dignity and heart.
#13 Take a deep breath, take it all in, and smile.
#14 Make your characters complex, conflicted. Make your readers, against their better judgement, fall in love with them.
#15 Stay sexy.
#16 Quantity = haters. Quality = lovers. Choose wisely.
#17 Create with a singular goal – “speak truth to power.”
#18 Strive to capture life’s loop at the end of every story.
#19 Write with this underlying idea behind every story: “An injury to one is an injury to all!”
#20 Support fellow artists.
#21 Apply to places where you’re not wanted.
#22 Continue to reimagine the order of things.
#23 Resist the stream of conventional culture — figure out ways to interrupt, disturb, and deform it.
#24 Instead of expressing your disenchantment, transgress literary structure from within through your fiction.
#25 No matter what, have fun!
Happy New Year, all!