Writing Goals for 2009
Last year, I listed my Writing resolutions, which I haven’t been terribly successful in keeping.
However, thanks to reading JA Konrath’s post Control Freak, and elaborated on in my Sunday article on Write Anything, this was because I set goals that were fundamentally unachievable, as they relied on factors outwith my control and a large measure of luck.
So here are my six writing resolutions goals for 2009.
- Write every day, aiming for a minimum of two pages each day. I set a time limit for writing last year – circumstances may prevent you having that time, and there is no guarantee that I would use the time wisely. By linking the goal to an output of writing, not time, it becomes concrete and achievable.
- Complete two manuscripts to a publishable standard. In all likelihood this will mean the two Long Watch stories Apocatastasis and Lucifer Falls (provisional title).
- Enter six writing contests. That’s only one every two months. There are two I’m about to submit for, and the writing magazine I have subscribed to have one every month.
- As mentioned in Jodi’s action plan for 2009, compile an electronic anthology of my ten best short stories from 2008. More on this one later…
- Again as mentioned by Jodi, help her get her Chinese Whispers anthology off the ground! More on that one later too…
- Participate in, and complete, NaNoWriMo 2009.
Not too many to stick to, so this should be something that I can, with effort and application, stick to.
Although it has been four days into the new year and I haven’t succeeded with the first one… oh well!