I don’t always make New Year’s resolutions, although some years past I would create shiny long lists to achieve the perfect me by the following January. Of course most of these went the way of all other resolutions, and now I’m less likely to bother with anything more detailed than “Christmas is over, I probably ought to stop eating so much chocolate.” (Parenthood may have ground me down a touch recently!)
So in the spirit of realism I’m not going to spout off a list of unattainable goals that will only leave me disappointed with myself when they don’t come to fruition. Instead I’m extrapolating my current work rate and stage in my writing career to look at what I hope the year might hold, and what I can realistically achieve without relying on luck and other people (Ava Jae expressed similar views much more coherently on her Writability blog).
These are my goals:
- Complete current draft my WIP (currently 2/3 through the first draft). (Hopefully end of Jan.)
- Revise to a standard to allow others to see it and begin exploring the daunting world of beta readers.
- Complete revisions (hopefully by the summer)
- Start applying the swathes of knowledge provided by Query Shark and explore the terrifying world of agent submissions.
- Outline and start my next large project (possibly the Big One that I’ve been mulling over for a few years now but not managed to find the right story to get started).
- Squeeze in some more short works in between 1-5 and general craft swotting.
- Get my reading up to date with the latest releases in the genres I’m writing in (she says having just downloaded a Bernard Cornwell book in preference to one on my tbr list. But, you know…Vikings…)