2017 was an exciting and stressful year for me. I launched a new website, finished the manuscript I had been working on for ages, made wonderful new writer friends, took a long-overdue trip to Korea, joined SCBWI, agreed to take golf lessons (much to my husband's delight), completed a bathroom renovation, and finally, finally signed with a literary agent!
I am now officially represented by Heather Flaherty of the Bent Agency, and I could not be happier!!!!
I have been thinking a lot about what sort of goals I would like to set for 2018. I've noticed some folks choosing a single word to help guide them. I've never done this before and started thinking about what word would work best for me. I'm going to choose: discipline. I want to accomplish a lot this year, and in order to do everything, I need to be careful to stay on task.
So here are a few goals:
I don't read nearly as much as I should. (Cringe. Yes, I’m embarrassed to admit this, but sadly, it’s true.) We’ve all heard it—if you want to be a writer, you have to read, read, read! I LOVE to read, but lately I've been prioritizing writing over reading, and I have to admit sometimes reading feels like a chore. This is mainly because I pick up books I think I should read, instead of books I want to read. This year, I am determined to up my reading game. I have some ideas about how to keep myself accountable and how to keep myself engaged. More on this later…
I want to finish a draft of my new WIP by the end of the year. I still have work to do on old projects, but I’m really going to push myself and see if I can do this. Looking at my track record, it’s pretty clear my normal cycle is about 2 years per manuscript. This includes everything—drafting, revising, sending out to CPs/beta readers, querying agents (which I don’t have to do anymore! Yay!), and all the rest. I want to cut this in half. I’m hoping one way to do this is by outlining extensively before drafting. I’ve always been a pantser with a little bit of outlining, but I’m going to give this a shot. So help me…
I want to be better at balancing my writing with my non-writing life. This includes taking better care of me, my family, my house, my dogs … I tend to focus on one thing and let everything else fall to the wayside. I am also stepping away a bit from social media so I can focus on other things. Again, this year is all about balance and discipline for me. Hopefully, by the time we reach 2019, I will have made some decent progress.
That’s it! I’m going to keep things simple.
Happy New Year, everyone! And happy writing!