2009 Writing Objectives

It’s the season for resolutions, so here are my writing objectives for the coming year.

Ground Rules:

  1. Keep my priorities in order. The requirements of my spiritual life, family life, and day job have to come first.
  2. Submit quality work. Clean, tight, and worth reading.  I know how it should look.
  3. Have fun. If the writing becomes a grind rather than a creative outlet, throttle back.


  • Sustain. Slightly increase my short-story submissions.  Goal:  40 submissions to paying markets (includes resubs).
  • Reach. Submit to more pro-level publications.  Goal:  10 or more submissions, including at least one to Asimov’s or F&SF.
  • Broaden. Write some non-genre material.  Goal:  Write and submit 5 or more non-genre short stories.
  • Network. Attend a writer’s conference this year and make some new contacts.  Goals:  1 conference, at least 5 new writing contacts and 2 in the local area.
  • Stretch. Try something that exceeds my expectations.  Goals:  Finish polishing my NaNo novel by March and shop it out somewhere.  Write another, better novel by year’s end.
  • Study. Improve my writing skills.  Goal:  Learn 5 new things about the craft of writing this year, and apply them.
  • Read. Maintain a habit of reading consistently.  Goal:  1 book a month, with variety.

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