The New Year is usually a time for reflection on the year past and making resolutions for the future. I don’t normally make resolutions (weight loss, be a better person, etc.) because I know I’ll break them immediately!
However, setting writing goals is something I’ve been doing for several years and although I don’t always meet them, it’s fun to look back and see how many I actually did get to. That helps make me feel better when I’m thinking I didn’t have a good writing year.
So, my challenge to you all is to set goals for 2011. Be specific and set dates. For example, my goals for this year:
1. Clean and organize my office first week of January
2. Plan Virtual Book Tour for February 10-20
3. Plan “reality tour” in Montana June 15-30
4. Finish first draft of WIP by August 1
5. Revise manuscript for submission by December 1
Some other suggestions might be:
1. Set a time for writing every day
2. Write 1,000 words a day (or five pages, or whatever is doable for you)
3. Find and join a good critique group
4. Make a list of potential agents and publishers to submit to
5. Send out your work
And most of all, have fun while you’re doing all this!
Happy New Year to all. I wish you writing success, happiness, and good health.
A native Montanan, Heidi M. Thomas now lives in Northwest Washington. Her first novel, Cowgirl Dreams, is based on her grandmother, and the sequel, Follow the Dream, has recently been released. Heidi has a degree in journalism, a certificate in fiction writing, and is a member of Northwest Independent Editors Guild. She teaches writing and edits, blogs, and is working on the next books in her “Dare to Dream” series.