Why is it that the writer feels the need to re-evaluate at this time of year? I know everybody does it – it’s called making resolutions for the New Year, and it’s customary. But seriously, I’ve never heard of an office dreg evaluating their performance as the year comes to a close. Why do we do it, torture ourselves I mean. I have this all figured out. Listen to me. The safest bet for the writer is to forgo all resolutions to ring in the New Year except one, and that is to not commit. Say it after me: I will be noncommittal in 2009. Beyond taking out the trash and bathing, you should all read, write, and revise at will. That’s your resolution, to do what pleases you, when it pleases you. That’s all.
Writing, and writerly tangents