Monday, November 30, 2009
New approach on goals
Current Project: Derby book
Status: Slow going
So NaNoWriMo was a total fail for me, but that's okay! I'm thinking of doing my own NaNoWriMo in December. I respect the fact that November is a busy month and if you can write 50,000 words then - wow you're a superstar!! That's a great intent with the program. But, I just couldn't do it. And that's okay - I made a choice to put classes and work above my writing in November. But, classes are basically done this week and I'm taking a week of vacation this month, so I think it's a good time to do it. I had hoped to have a first draft of a book by the end of the year, it's not too late to nearly reach that goal.
I've also been thinking about long-term goals, particularly for next year. I've done major goal setting a couple of times, just never really stuck to the goals. I want to give it a valliant effort this year. I recently bought this awesome planner that has sections for charts and goal setting and other things that would make most sane people want to run for the hills. That will allow me to see my goals each week and chart progress toward them. So we'll see!
Typically when I set writing goals, I go overboard and it feels overwhelming. I'll make goals about how many queries to do, how many books to write/draft, etc. I spread myself too thin and get overwhelmed. But 2010 will not be that way.
Here are my goals:
1) Write every day. Even if it's just a sentence.
2) Get a polished book that I can query.
3) Begin querying.
That's it. Broad goals, not too specific. Enough to keep writing a focus in my life and move toward a career in it. I've noticed that I'm trying to move away from too much planning and plotting in my writing, and it seems to be carrying over to how I think about my writing. Maybe that's a good thing :)
Do you have any goals for next year?