I never was one for making goals, because I never could look at them objectively and decide just what I could and couldn’t do with a reasonable chance of success. I would set a goal that was ludicrous and then get disheartened when I failed to meet it. However, as a writer I feel if I need direction and focus, I need to set goals for me to strive for this year, so I can continue to make strides toward the one goal I have set for myself – becoming a published author. As I noted in my last post, 2010 was a good year for me, overall, and I cannot complain. So, now that 2011 is here and not going away, let me lay out what I want to accomplish.
Bear in mind, I may change these goals as the year progresses, due to changes in my real life. One major change could be my employment status, as right now I have none, and I hope that will change sooner rather than later.
So, here we go, my list of goals for the 2011 calendar year.
- Edit and submit (or shelf) the 10+ short stories collecting dust on the desk in the living room.
- Revise and submit (or shelf) the several stories that I feel need it after making the rounds in 2010.
- Write. A lot.
- Read. A lot.
- Start on my next book.
- Continue to review work for Tangent Online.
I have nothing about selling stories or the book about Johnny. I doubt Johnny will be marketable, as I can look back at the 57k I’ve already written and can see where I went wrong with it, but that’s nothing to keep me from finishing it and considering it for queries and such.
Those goals are attainable, and I think I can accomplish all of them in part, at the very least, before 2011 moves on.
Tomorrow I will work on taking stock of the stories I have finished, almost finished, and never started, and then determine how to proceed from there.