To tell you the truth, I haven’t been back to revisit my goals. The thing about writing goals is that they’re not easily measurable. You can’t say, I’m going to have a book published this year (unless it’s been scheduled) because there are so many factors that are out of your hands.
So, when it comes to writing goals, I look at them more as a means to get me to focus on what I want to achieve for the year.
I guess it’s a bit like doing an elevator pitch. If I can’t contain my goals to a paragraph then chances are I’ve made them too complex and that makes them hard to achieve.
So, if I could sum up my goals for this year, they would be to make the most of opportunities and learn as much as I can about my craft.
2012 is going to be my Year of Possibilities & Learning.
I have a number of manuscripts polished and ready to go. So this is going to be my year of getting them ‘out there’, of biting the bullet and being brave, and submitting. (They are my possibilities)
It’s going to be my year for exploring new genre, for trying my hand at things I’ve never tried before; different ‘points of view’, different styles and new skills. See, I’ve probably set too many goals already, but when it all boils down to it, it’s about honing my skills and working harder at becoming a better writer.
So this is the process I’ve gone through to work towards that goal.
1. Look at the things I’m not so good at – the things that always seem to come up when I’m having my work critiqued. I’m going to share them with you.
- story beginnings
- story endings
- simplifying plot
- exploring setting and developing it more
- strengthening my characters by focussing on the things they don’t say.
- avoid word repetition
2. Buy books that can help me. I know I’m going to have to work hard at these things. Two books I’ve bought to help me are Martha Alderson’s, ‘The Plot Whisperer’ and mary Mary Buchkam and Dianna Love’s “Break Into Fiction’, so I’ve got a bit of light reading planned this summer:)
I also got some fabulous tips from Michael Bourret at the SCBWI LA conference last August..and the fabulous Ellen Hopkins.
3. Enrol in short courses like Mary Buckham’s Master Classes online on Active Settings and Body Language and Emotion.
It’s been a while since I’ve done anything like these online courses so I’m very excited. I’ll be sure to share what I’ve learned.
My Australian author buddy, Karen Collum seems to have the ‘measurable writing goals’ thing worked out. You might like to read her blog.
Hope you have a happy and inspirational year in 2012. I’d love to hear about what you have planned for this year.