2008: The Year I Will Be Published, Or At Least Accomplish Something Worthwhile!

>> Friday, January 11, 2008

2007 was a hard year for me in many ways, so I wasn't altogether sad to see the back of it. Of course, the new year has thus far been off to a less than steller start for me, so I'm desperately hoping and trying to hold it together and try for a better year. To this end, I have made some resolutions, or goals. I will begin my blog by posting these goals in hopes that they will serve as not only a reminder to myself of what I want to accomplish for the year, but also give myself something to look forward to in my current dreary life and motivate me to keep trudging toward a better future.

I have further subdivided my goals for the year into two groups: small goals and large goals. My reason for doing this is because it's easy to get discouraged when you don't seem to be reaching those highly coveted big goals and you often begin to wonder if you're getting anywhere at all. That's where my small goals come in handy. They are designed to instill confidence in me and give me a sense of accomplishment. The small goals are something I can point to and be proud of, saying to myself, "There! See, I am getting somewhere, and I am accomplishing something, even if things aren't moving as fast as I want them to!" The small goals keep me sane, and they help stiffen my resolve that I will reach my large goals eventually, even if it isn't this year. The small goals help me to know that I can do it; they keep me chugging along, putting my nose to the grindstone.

So, my small goals include:
-Writing at least 500 words a day, whether it be on just one writing project or spread out amongst several. The point is, I should be able to easily reach 500 words a day, considering I pushed myself to do much more every day during NaNoWriMo this past November.
-Learn how to write decent short stories, as I've never been good at them, since my ideas always seem to work better as novels.
-Explore some new genres or areas of writing that I've never tried before, like Horror or Mystery, or something else that catches my fancy. Perhaps it will shake my creativity into gear, if nothing else!
-Write more poetry. Although I consider myself a novel writer, since I tell stories much better than anything else, I dabble in poetry, and I'm hoping to improve what is, admittedly, a weak area of my own writing.
-Submit said short stories and poems and other items of writing for publication as I improve my abilities.

Large goals:
-To finish the book I began for NaNoWriMo. I reached 50,000 words during this first year that I chose to enter the November writing marathon, and after a decent break from it, I'm ready to work toward completion of the novel, though I know from my outline and the current state of my story that I have a long way to go. This is shaping up to be a long book.
-To get a book published.
-Keep up with this blog! Part of the reason I'm starting this blog in the first place is to help keep myself accountable. Yet, it's very easy for me to forget to post and not keep up with it, so, I'm hoping that over time it will become habit as much as some of my writing goals for the year. If not, perhaps at least some of my readers will poke me every now and then to remind me that this blog does indeed still exist and needs to be updated as soon as possible.
-To get a regular job again! Though it does not pertain directly to my writing, I do need to pay bills, and money is tight with only one income. Worrying about money, I've noticed, often distracts me from my writing and hinders my creative process somewhat. So, the sooner I'm employed again, the better. Though I doubt it will be before the baby comes, in April. *sigh* Still, here's to hoping and working toward that goal in the meantime, just the same!

There! That wasn't nearly so awkward as the usual introductory post of "Hi, my name is ____," and "I like ____," etc. This was a lot easier for me to type up. There is much to be said for just diving in to something, sometimes. After all, it's a question of beginning at all, no matter how tough or awkward it might be, versus never beginning and thus never getting anywhere you want to.

I need to make that my writing mantra. Only more wise-sounding, I think.


Anonymous January 12, 2008 at 8:33 AM  

Quilly *hugs*! 2008 will become a spectacular year for you and if I am the only one who keeps prodding you (besides your dear and loving husband), I will :).

One my goals is to get published as well with the novel I wrote for NaNo. I tend to be better at writing short stories than novels, so if you want, you can always run your writing past me. I would love to be your writing buddy :)!

Just to get you started...there is a WONDERFUL site that allows you to keep track of your submissions and gives a list of all different kinds of publishers. The site breaks it down by genre, payscale, what they look for, if they are accepting submissions and the average wait time for a response. http://www.duotrope.com/

If you ever want to rant or talk, you can always drop a line. I always here :). Good luck with your writing! I can always help bounce off some ideas if you wish.


ALR January 12, 2008 at 11:13 AM  

Thanks for the link. That's really helpful. I'm currently working on a new poem, though I have no idea where it's going right now, and I hope to finish it soon. I just started with a random phrase going through my head that wouldn't let itself die, and I'm building from there. If nothing else, it got me started working on my poetry again, which is one of my goals. I tend to be rather sporadic about when I write poetry, but I'm hoping to be more regular about it this year. That's the only way you can improve, after all.

Echo January 12, 2008 at 8:42 PM  

So we have permission to prod you, eh? Good, good. Well, good luck with all of your goals! I'm sure you can get them done if you put your mind to it. And hopefull you'll have a whole bunch of us to keep you acountable.