First, my apologies for the unexpected delay. I rang in the New Year with a pulled muscle and a stomach bug, but I’m back and ready to hit the ground running!
My last post was about making your New Year’s resolutions. I agreed to make 12 Writing Goals for 2012, and to share them on here. Well, here are my 12 for 2012:
1. Get my novel Someone’s Watching on the market one of two ways:
a. submit to Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Contest, and if nothing comes of that
b. send queries/samples to at least six agents.
2. Get up at a decent hour and write every weekday for Textbroker. It’s my main source of income and I need to be more consistent with it.
3. Finish writing that business plan by the end of February. Market statistics, prepare to be discovered and conquered!
4. Be more consistent updating my blog. Aiming for at least one post per week!
5. Scrap the original draft of SW’s sequel and begin a new one while waiting on contest results/agent responses.
6. Read at least two completely new books each month.
7. Finally start that cooking blog I’ve been dreaming about for weeks. Keep a lookout for the link!
8. Write reviews of each of the 24 books I read.
9. Try writing something besides novel-length fiction. I’ve done short stories, poetry, and CNF many times but only under the eyes of a professor. It’s time to break out on my own with a different genre I enjoy.
10. Pitch a few articles to a print publication. I love the freedom and simplicity of ghostwriting, but I do miss seeing my own byline 😀
11. Participate in NaNoWriMo again. I guess I’m just a glutton for punishment!
12. Keep a writer’s notebook. I had one in high school, jotting down any random idea, phrase, or image that popped into my head. The last few years, I’ve slacked and probably lost a lot of good ideas.
It’s a lot of writing and will take a lot of dedication. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, the only way to move forward in life is to set your eyes on a target and push towards it as hard as you can. The act of writing itself is heading towards a goal. As we finish each sentence, we’re one step closer to the resolution of the story. So, I raise my metaphorical glass to you and welcome the New Year!