Happy New Year!
Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to seriously consider the next 364 days and what I hope to accomplish with them.
I got out of the habit last year. My goals for 2012 had been lofty: finishing novels and a short story, finding publishing opportunities, etc. After failing to truly accomplish any of them, I backed away and didn’t make any formal goals last year. It’s time to change that, though.
So, here’s what I hope to accomplish (writing-wise) in 2014. (Peer pressure appreciated. : ) )
1. Seriously work on publishing my first novel.
I received some much-needed motivation for it this time last year. Apparently, Amazon holds an annual writing contest (though I haven’t heard any rumors of another round this year yet). Last January, I worked furiously on a pitch and gave the novel a once-over before trying my luck.
To my delight, my pitch brought me through the first round. (Honestly, that was all I wanted. To know that my idea at least had some draw.) While I didn’t progress any further, the experience provided some motivation for some needed adjustments.
Even better, months after making some improvements, I still like what I did and there isn’t much that I would change. That’s a first. We’ll see if my vow not to make any further adjustments unless a publisher/agent tells me otherwise continues to hold.
2. Research publishing options for my short story and just go for it.
After about four years of research and working on the draft, it seems to be ready. My beta audience approved, and it seems as historically accurate as I could possibly make it. I promise to post updates.
3. Work on Novel #2.
Now that the first one is set in stone, it’s sequel needs some attention. Last year’s attempts were no better than the ones of the prior year, but now I can pour all of the attention that novel #1 used to receive into it.
4. Blog regularly. No, really.
2013 was better in this regard but still not as great as I want it to be. If I can manage half-marathon training, I can do this.
5. Encourage others.
Have you set goals for 2014?