Here’s an old bon mot:
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
— W. Somerset Maugham
Use it as your motivation to make your own rules, find your own path, and make 2012 the year you move your writing ahead. Get an article published, research the requirements for a book proposal or charge ahead on the path to seeing your book published. A year is a long time, and that time will be filled with a myriad of obligations and surprises. How you use your time to push closer to your goals will detemine the outcome for you at year-end.
I’ll get off my soapbox now!