It's time for lists and resolutions. I'm great at lists, not so much for resolutions. I do set writing goals, however. I'm part of a group that posts weekly goals and this has been a tremendous help to me. I can see where I've fallen short and where I've succeeded each week.
One tactic of this group, a counterintuitive one, surprises me at how well it works. When you miss a goal, you don't try to make it up the next week, or try to get everything done better. You cut your goal back. You're after success, not failure. Setting a goal that you miss, week after week, is setting yourself up for disaster. Cutting a goal that you didn't meet seems to work really well. If I've decided I should write 10,000 words and I only write 8000, then I'll aim for that 8000 the next week. And if I meet it (or even surpass it), then I'll fell much better.
How did I do in 2010? Pretty good. Better than I ever imagined, in fact.
üCHOKE - query my whole list, then small pubs SOLD!
ü-SMOKE (sequel to CHOKE) - finish writing
finish editing (not done)
ü -ICE - keep querying (Jan-Aug & Oct)
sketch out a sequel to ICE, just in case (not done)
üshort stories - get more than 2 published [5 accepted, but don't know pub date on two, and one
is 2011] *
üstart new mystery blog - started three
üpublish short story collection on Smashwords, Amazon DONE (createspace paperback)
So, on to the next task. I guess it's time to put up or shut up. Here are my 2011 writing goals:
MY WRITING GOALS FOR 2011
put together mailing list
SMOKE (sequel to CHOKE) - finish editing, submit to Mainly Murder Press in May
BROKE (3rd in series) - first draft
ICE - keep querying with new direction and possibly new title
sketch out a sequel to ICE & write first draft
short stories - get more than 3 published
publish book on self-publishing (createspace paperback)
I like to give myself a boost when I journal every day, so I put a little bit of motivation at the end. Last year I used GET 'ER DONE for six months and I CAN DO IT the rest of the year. Next year I think I'll use either DON'T QUIT NOW or KEEP ON REVVIN' IN 2011, or both.
I feel good that I'm starting the year with three stories accepted! TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING will appear in "Dark Valentine" at the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas series. RESCUE 2005 was accepted by "Sniplits" and MAKE WAY FOR DONUTS by "Untreed Reads". I don't have publishing dates, but I'm VERY excited about these.
I'd love to hear about your goals!
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