I have a number of writing goals for this year, but, for a number of reasons, I’m reluctant to commit myself to specific projects. First, I have a tendency to seriously underestimate the amount of time any given project will take. Secondly, a project that seems right in January might not be so in October, and I don’t want to do something just so that I can tick it off my list. I want an umbrella resolution that will inform my shorter-term writing goals; a framework, with lots of flexibility.
So, what my resolution came down to was not a list of to-dos, but an attitude.
In 2011 I want to work towards treating my writing more seriously, more professionally.
What does this mean to me?
It means being disciplined about writing and creating good habits. It means writing six days a week, hitting a (rather low) minimum wordcount, even when I don’t want to.
It means being more intentional about my project planning, including research, rather than just winging it, as I am prone to.
It means learning to write synopses so I can actually query agents/publishers who require them.
It means following through with a submission plan instead of getting bored/distracted/discouraged a quarter way through and wandering away to do something less painful and ego-bruising.
It means seeking out and utilizing opportunities to sub my work, get feedback, fail, pick myself back up, and go on.
I have micro-goals that fall under one or more of these categories. I have a deadline for writing the first draft of Kai’s book, some submission opportunities to pursue, and a couple of new novel ideas kicking around my head. More on those as the year goes on…
What about you? Any resolutions?