A lot happened in 2010. I made major progress on my novel, started a second novel, participated in Merrilee’s Creativity Workshop over the summer, joined Twitter, made new friendships and deepened others, and blogged more regularly (until, um, the move to Austin).
2010 was the year I really settled into a disciplined groove with writing, the year I learned how to cultivate new ideas (and therefore, the year I learned how to choose which new ideas to focus on as they came flooding in), the year I grew a spine and shared my novel with beta readers for the first time.
All that to say, I think 2011 will be just as amazing—maybe even more amazing.
The week before Christmas, I made a huge list of goals. I’m talking HUGE. (This is because I make extremely specific—and therefore, extremely measurable—goals.)
Perhaps the biggest, most exciting, goal is this:
This year, I will finish this novel to the point where I am satisfied enough with it to begin querying agents.
I’ve set myself a pretty ambitious, specific schedule (because, yes! I did set a goal date…and it’s soon…). The novel’s close to being ready, but it’s not there yet. Still: YAY. This is the first year where “finish my WIP,” “send query letters to agents,” and “finish first draft of Shiny New Novel” have been actual, possible, achievable goals.
AND I’M SO EXCITED.
The other goal I’ll share with you guys is this: I plan a return to more regular blogging, and plan to write on a MWF schedule (plus any and all other random spurts of blogginess that just beg to be written!) from now on.¹
Happy 2011 to everyone! I wish you all motivation, inspiration, and dedication in abundance!
¹On that note, if you happen to have any requests or suggestions for things you’d like to read about, let me know in the comments!