January 1, 2012 is closing in fast. I can’t believe there are only thirteen days until the New Year begins. I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions as I break them within 48 hours. However, I am setting my writing goals for next year. Here they are; short and simple, and I hope my critique partners hold me to them.
- Get organized. Since starting the blog, I realize I need a good system for tracking topics and making sure they are done on time. I also need to keep better records for submissions and Frontiers in Writing conference details.
- Write and mail the checks for my Panhandle Professional Writers and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. dues. I keep forgetting to do that.
- Follow-up on Fall 2011 submissions.
- Complete the publicity plans for Frontiers in Writing.
- Complete the final edits for my novel HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW.
- Submit the first thirty pages of the novel to a potential editor.
- Write down the lyrics to the songs I’ve written for my Sunday School class. Other teachers are asking for them.
- Learn more about using social media to promote my work.
- Start a new project.
- Lose another fifteen pounds. Okay, that doesn’t have much to do with writing. But getting a little more weight off will help my blood pressure, increase my stamina, and make me more productive.
If you haven’t set your writing goals for 2012, now’s the time to get to work on them. Goals are good for us. They provide a path to improving our productivity and better our chances for publication. If you are a beginner, start small. Keep track of your progress, and mark accomplishments as “Done”. You’ll enjoy seeing the list get smaller.
I wish you all a happy and productive 2012.