Monday, December 28, 2009

Writers' Resolutions

I'm one of those people who just doesn't feel right if I don't have a list or two going. A shopping list, a To Do list, a packing list - you name it. So, of course, I always have a list of a few New Years Resolutions. In regards to my writing life, the list is more goals than resolutions.
I looked back to last year's list and found that although I did not achieve every one, I did reach a few. First and foremost, I resolved to write at least five days a week. With the exception of the time after I had surgery a couple months ago and during my vacation, I made this resolution a priority and I now write nearly every day.
I resolved to branch out to other publishers and to establish a pen name. I did both of these things. I'm thrilled to say that I now have contracts with both Ellora's Cave and Loose Id, two publishers I've always longed to write for.
So what about 2010? I'll share a couple of my goals for the coming year, just between us;-)
1. Write at least 250,000 words this year. (Paltry, compared to my critique partner's more than 370,000 words in '09).
2. Contract at least four short stories or novellas and one full-length manuscript.
3. Keep better track of submissions, word counts and royalties. I put all these together because I am trying to use spreadsheets to keep myself organized, which is what this resolution boils down to.
4. End fewer sentences in prepositions. (I know - I've already done it twice in this post!)
So what about you? Any resolutions or goals you'd like to share? Just between us?

4 comments:

Savannah Stuart said...

I love spreadsheets!! They keep me sane :) And I really like your goals!

Hmm...I'm still polishing my 'to do' list for my writing, but I know that I want to write at least 2 full length novels, tweak a mansucript that's been sitting on my computer for a year, and finish the third story in my series for Ellora's Cave.

Terry Odell said...

Right now my only 'goal' is to set goals for next year. So much of my mental energy is tied up in trying to sell the house, and wondering where I'll be when.

Wynter Daniels said...

Savannah - Very impressive goals, but somehow, I'm confident you will achieve them.

Terry - I'm sure that's tough when so much is up in the air. Good luck!

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Wynter!
Can I "borrow" your goals?? LOL! I haven't set goals for next year yet. I guess one needs to be not to procrastinate. I know one thing I need to do is become way more disciplined!! There's one right there!!

Happy New Year!