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This month we’re talking about resolutions

Photo by Cate Gillon
Photo by Cate Gillon

To start the year on an inspiring note, we asked our Facebook and Twitter fans what they hoped to change when it comes to their writing and editing. Here are just a few of the many resolutions we received.

Read more, edit more, earn more!—Ron L. 

It’s time for the editor to become the writer. My resolution is to make this the year I finish my novel.—Lindsay S.

I will finish that second book and will not be afraid to cut what’s necessary. I will banish JUST, VERY and LIKE from my writing vocabulary.—Nadja G

Not using the word amazing except when I’m feeling really, truly lazy.—Jen B. 

Complete all my essays, those I have started and those that need to be started . . . Amen.—Ekaterina B.

To distill my notes and thoughts into my first written work—a long-term goal and desire. Then to have it successfully edited and published.—Don C. 

Deep study of one grammar principle each month.—Ayesha D.

I am writing at least 500 words a week to finish my novel this year. Small, manageable steps toward a big goal.—Mary R. 

I resolve to write more freely, then revise and edit (rather than self-edit and labor so much to get the words on the screen in the first place). Let the ideas flow!—Joice G.

Complete a non-linear map of what I will be writing before typing the first word of an article.—Garrison C.

To create words that will create images that will make the earlobes of people tingle with delight!—Joseph D.

With e-mails, it is all too easy to hit send before checking over grammar and wording.  I resolve to proof emails!—Gerry

Teach my staff how to use a comma!—Katie

Leave more time for proofing.—Jessvii

Fewer prepositions. More en dashes.—David D.

My writing resolution is to get rid of lazy habits, such as relying on the word “but” without enough contrast or surprise to justify its use. My editing resolution is to point out more of the gems in a writer’s work, to praise that perfect verb or the excellent analogy that demystifies the jargon. —Laura N.

Editing: Try to sit on my pencil for the first read-through and just be a reader.—Andrea L

In 2014, I won’t let an author’s satisfaction with the edited manuscript be the last word in the editing relationship! I’d like to keep in better contact throughout the year because my clients’ research continues to fascinate me long after I’ve edited it.—Katie V.

Keep a lighter hand; invoice promptly.—Patty B.

I’m a freelance editor, and I resolve NOT to take on bad projects, or any projects from bad clients! I mean it this time!—Karen W.

Professionally, I plan to take on editing projects that suit my skills and interests and not take on projects just to have something to work on. Personally, I give myself permission to enter the world of writing fiction, no expectations.—Jessica R.

To do more and learn more in the field, regardless of whether “there’s money in it.”—Lisa N.

I resolve to continue to be patient with my authors.  If they all knew how to use commas and hyphens correctly, I wouldn’t have this fun editing job!—Colleen B.