It’s the first month of the new year and I have yet to make any resolutions. Years of defeats on that front have turned me into a realist rather than an optimist. Not that I don’t have dreams and goals, far from it, I just know my limits a bit more now.  I have created an alternative new year resolution list – my ‘what if’ list. What would be on yours? I hope to do some of them this year. Maybe.

What if I actually finished the novel I’m working on?
What if I stopped procrastinating and just got on with it?
What if I wrote 4,000 words every day without needing a wee lie down?
What if I spent so much time researching that all the staff in the library knew me well enough to let me make a cuppa in their staff room?
What if I met Malorie Blackman and actually managed to speak without looking like a goldfish?
What if I learned a new language and actually used it in its country of origin?
What if I could read people’s minds?
What if I could grow another five inches tall?
What if got to sleep straight away every night instead of listening to my characters chatting to me?
What if we could all change the world for the better, one book at a time?



  1. Hello and Happy New Year Sarah. What a lovely post. 🙂 You’ve done some of the work for me, as I could easily steal the first 3 and the last, though the last could be a monthly resolution reminder of that goal. I wish you a productive and happy year of writing and good fortune.
    Frances Brown

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      Thanks Frances, I feel I have failed on some of them already but then where’s the fun in doing everything right! I’ll have another check at this list in six months and see how I’m getting on.

  2. Sorry, a bit over eager there.
    Characters have to talk you to sleep, it’s in their contract.
    I’m not sure reading minds and such growth spurts are actually allowed by the Authors Unions in case we go round pinching plots and looking down on people. But everything else seems to be doable.
    xxx Massive Hugs Sarah and a Happy New Year xxx

  3. Wow, very profound. I think I like your what ifs better than any resolutions though I’m not sure I could dare a cup of tea in the library even with permission.