At the beginning of January I set myself four writing goals for 2015. I called them ‘goals’ rather than ‘resolutions’, because the latter always sound so inhibiting. You are chained to a resolution. If you slip from it even by a fraction, you have failed. On the other hand, a goal is something you aim for. If you don’t quite achieve it, at least you have made the attempt, and the attempt is what makes it worthwhile. A goal needs to be realistic and achievable.