I've been making the same New Year's Resolution for the past few years, and that is to pass my driving test. My next driving test will be my sixteenth and every New Year's Day I say this will be the year I succeed. "Gosh you must have spent a lot of money on driving lessons," my friends often say. I have but I try not to think about that. Instead I focus on the end result, of ripping up my L plates and driving around in my own little car.
Okay, maybe it won't be one quite like this!
It's the same with writing a book. If you think about all the hard work, time and effort you put into it and think that you might not even get it published then you will probably feel like giving up.
But if you focus on your dream, your published book on the shelves in the bookshop, then you will keep trying. As Richard Bach said 'a professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit'.
So I'm not going to up. How about you? Is there something you've been trying to do for a long time and still not succeeded yet? Or have you finally succeeded in something after a lot of time and effort?
Oh, and if you managed to pass your driving test after more than 15 attempts do let me know - it'll make me feel so much better!
Karen King writes all sorts of books for children. Check out her website at www.karenking.net