Writing out resolutions can be a lot like outlining a novel. It never turns out the way I plan, but it turns out better when I plan than when I don't. Having a plan gives me the nerve to move forward; I don't have to dither over what I'm doing (if they gave medals for dithering, I'd be highly decorated) or ask myself if I'm crazy for spending so much time writing nonsense. I'm flexible, so if the plan isn't working, I re-work the plan. I'm also easily distracted (try dangling something shiny in front of me or recommending a great book). Life throws stuff at me that I don't plan for all of the time, but, unless my two-year-old wants me to play catch with a golf ball, that's not necessarily a bad thing. If life were predictable, it would be boring. And speaking of distractions, check this out.
2009 was my best writing year ever, and I'm excited to see what I can get done this new year. What do you get excited about when you think about 2010?