My year, like a lot of peoples’, has begun with a resolution.
Mine? Write more, submit more, ad nauseum.
That word, resolution. Re-solution. (Find a new way to solve an old problem).
Resolute (adj.): 1. Firmly resolved (re-solved) or determined; set in purpose or opinion. 2. characterised by firmness and determination, as the temper, spirit, actions, etc.
(Macquarie Dictionary, 1991. I don’t think that that definition is yet out of date.)
So that’s the approach to it.
So far, the year is a week old and I’ve written most days, because I enjoy it (new solution, see 2. above), and it has a purpose (see 1. above), which is to submit.
Also, to remind myself that this is the case, a tally. Simple, to the point.
‘Submissions: Jan, 2017.
That’s the quiet work that gets it done. And all the other stuff, walking, surfing, yoga, gardening, German, it’s already under way, and like the writing, it’s more a case of strengthening the resolve that is already there and recognising the rewards in the doing than having to set up anything new.
Within the definition of resolution is the key. The ninth listing says: reduction to a simpler form, conversion.