Sayonara 2013! Bonjour 2014! There’s a big, shiny, new year ahead of us and we can’t wait to find out what’s in store for us at the Epic Reads headquarters. 2013 was pretty great, but we have a feeling 2014 will be even better.
To help us ring in the new year, we invited some of our authors to share with us their 2014 reading and writing resolutions and to cap it all off, we’ll be giving away a copy of each of the books featured below to one, very lucky winner!
Read through their resolutions and share your own in the comments for a chance to win!*
Author of Taken and the sequel, Frozen (out this spring!)
“In 2014 I want to stay focused. On my craft, on my writing, on the things I can control. If I stop giving so much attention to sales and ranks and reviews and all the other things I have zero power over, I actually don’t think it will be that difficult. :)”
Author of Rush and the sequel, Push (out this summer!)
“1.) Accept that I will always find something in my work that I want to improve, whether it be my first draft or my tenth. Accept that at some point, I have to let the book go and focus wholly on the next project.
2.) Take more risks in my writing. Push my characters harder. Dig deeper into my stories. Write the unexpected.
3.) Be kinder in the things I say to myself. Harsh self-critique kills creativity.
4.) Read more books outside my favorite genres. Open my mind and my horizons.
5.) Work out every day. Some of my best ideas arrive while I’m on the treadmill or yelling out loud through that last push-up. And working out helps keep the dreaded writer’s butt in check.”
Author of Not A Drop to Drink
“I usually aim to write a book a year, but I also like to punish people – myself included. So I’m saying two this year. Which means I’ll be backing off in the reading arena. I read 80 books in 2013. I’m lowering that to 50 for 2014.”
Author of The Boyfriend App
“1.) Stop editing so much as I’m writing! Just let the sentences pour out, and edit later.
2.) Outline. For the love of God, just outline.
3.) Make more inspiration boards. I used to do these when I was designing jewelry, and they can be really helpful for writing, too. Sometimes just posting magazine pictures that remind me of my characters and location can put me in the right frame of mind to write.”
Author of What’s Left of Me and Once We Were
“2013 was a massively busy year (college graduation! finished a trilogy!), and pleasure reading fell by the wayside a bit. I’m horribly behind on my TBR list, and I’m resolving to read lots, lots more in 2014. As far as writing goals go, I’m halfway through the first draft of a WIP right now, and I’d love to have it and another WIP done by the end of the coming year. Also, poetry. I need to write more poetry this year. ;)”
Author of Asylum
“My writing resolution for 2014 is to take my laptop to new and exciting places. I always get the best ideas and most inspiration when I force myself out of the house and into a new park or coffee shop!”
Author of Pivot Point, Split Second and The Distance Between Us
“Read more books from my To Be Read pile instead of just buying more when I want to read. A 1:10 ratio sounds about right. For every one book I read from my pile, I get to buy ten more. That seems fair.”
Author of the New Soul trilogy (Incarnate, Asunder and Infinite)
“Stress less, and daydream more. This year, I realized I’d switched all my daydreaming time to stressing-about-things-I-can’t-control time. I plan on reversing that, pronto!
Write books! I need to write the second half of one book, and I want to write another one, too. One and a half books is totally doable.
Read books! This year I read 79 books. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to read more next year.”
Author of Prophecy and Warrior
“In 2014, I want to shut down the loud, obnoxious inner critic in my head that sounds like Joan Rivers and be more confident in myself and my writing. I want to read more diversely from new authors with new voices and be open minded to new reading experiences. I want to challenge myself as both a reader and a writer and push myself beyond my comfort zone.”
Author of The Madman’s Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity (on sale this January!)
“As far as reading, I’d like to aim for a greater variety in my reading: more nonfiction, science fiction, classics, world literature, and memoir. I’d always love good recommendations!
And as far as writing, my goal is to finish my first trilogy and see all three books on my shelf. I think I’ll cry when that happens.”
Author of Defiance and Deception
“This year, my resolutions are to focus on creativity and productivity. Shut out the noise from the internet (unless the noise involves Benedict Cumberbatch because REALLY.)”
Author of the Perseph0ne Trilogy (Don’t Turn Around, Don’t Look Now, Don’t Let Go)
“My resolutions are to finish editing Don’t Let Go and finally get through Moby Dick (but I am skipping the Cetology chapter, because that’s where I always get bogged down.)”
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Share with us in the comments below for a chance to win a copy of Taken, Rush, Not A Drop to Drink, The Boyfriend App, What’s Left of Me, Asylum, Pivot Point, Incarnate, Prophecy, The Madman’s Daughter, Defiance and Don’t Turn Around!
(Due to legal restrictions, this contest is open to US and Canada residents only. Good luck!)