Happy New Year! (Okay, so my wish is a bit late—sorry about that!)
It seems that making New Year’s resolutions has gone out of vogue for some people (maybe for lots of people?), but even if I don’t always accomplish my goals, I feel there’s a real benefit in thinking through the year past and contemplating the year ahead.
2009 is already looking exciting, full of “big” events and changes. My daughter, who’s currently working toward her pilot’s license, will turn sixteen and will definitely be driving a car. My son will enter his teens, and my husband and I will be separated for longer than we ever have been before (almost two months), as he works out of town this summer.
Some things won’t change though. I will still be writing, still striving to better my craft, still trying to express the worlds that live in my head.
I’m hoping to land an agent and/or publishing contract for a novel or two this year, but it’s a hard thing to set as a goal—so many factors in making it happen are out of my control. That said however, some of the most important steps along the path to publication are fully within my control—are fully in the control of any writer.
We are in charge of whether we write regularly. We determine our word counts. We focus (hopefully) on ever improving our craft and storytelling. We decide on how many agents or markets we submit work to. We are responsible for not giving up.
I’ve made goals that I will meet in 2009, knowing that little by little they will help me reach my goal of having a novel “out there” are:
~ Edit current WIP and submit it to 100 agents (unless I get one before that point—hope, hope!).
~ Start a new novel, and strive to have at least the first draft complete by the end of October.
~ Write (or edit/polish) six short stories and submit them about.
~ Attend SiWC 2009
I hope you’ve set goals this year too—if you haven’t, do so now. It’ll get you fired up.
Cheers to us in 2009: Great word counts, much growth!