I'm only writing this today (Jan. 1) because I've had little time at residency to blog. This is not a New Year's resolution. I don't do New Year's resolutions. Several years ago I made a New Year's resolution to stop making New Year's resolutions, and it's the only one I've ever kept.
This is the year I finish my novel. I mean, it HAS to be. It's my thesis. If I don't finish it this year, I don't get my master's degree. I started dabbling with my novel at the beginning of 2009. It was a guilty pleasure. By doing this, I'm exposing it to the potential of rejection at the hands of agents. Or, even if an agent does like it, rejection at the hands of publishers. Or, even if publishers like it, I expose it to the potential of poor sales and bad reviews.
This is the year I finish my novel.
And it's scary.