Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Writing Resolutions - Or Not by Victoria Chatham

It's that time of year again - time to reflect on the year that has passed and to plan for the year ahead. The Canadian Historical Bride authors have been asked -What writing resolutions do you have for 2018?

If you were hoping for words of wit and wisdom in this post, sorry, it isn’t going to happen because I just don’t make resolutions anymore. Every year for many years it was the same thing – take more exercise, be more organized, save more money, plan my writing time, and the list goes on. You probably have a list of your own and, like me, you’ve started with great intentions only, at some point, to have a wheel fall off the wagon and been sidetracked.

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that in my writing I’m more of a pantser than a plotter. I write by the seat of my pants, and I tend to live my life that way too. It might sound chaotic and unproductive but, for me, it works. I get to do a bit of all the things I really enjoy on a day to day basis, whatever it is.

When January 1st comes around, it’s almost like receiving another Christmas present. The clock strikes twelve and hey! you haven’t turned into a pumpkin but instead received the gift of a whole new year in which you can enjoy the company of old friends and maybe make new ones. You might try new things, whether it’s that new Thai restaurant you haven’t quite plucked up the courage to experience or the art class you always wanted to sign up for. It might be a new place, like that little coffee shop around the corner that you’ve never made the time to visit, or a new country in which to vacation.

Rather than making resolutions, my intention is to continue enjoying my life as much as I can for as long as I can. After all, every single moment I experience might one day finish up in a book in one way or another because, when all is said and done, I am a writer with many more stories to tell. Watch this space!

 Victoria Chatham



  1. I like how you think, Victoria. I feel the same

  2. This makes total sense. I love your "seat of pants" style of resolutions / intentions.

  3. Thanks for dropping in and making a comment, Suzanne.

  4. Yes, enjoy every day. Great advice! :)

    1. And if there's one or two little extras along the way, like chocolate and wine, so much the better!