Okay, out with the old, in with the new, sort of. I like the structure of last year’s goals, so I’m going to start from there and update them.
- Keep my priorities in order. The requirements of my spiritual life, family life, and day job have to come first.
- Submit quality work. Clean, tight, and worth reading. I know how it should look.
- Have fun. If the writing becomes a grind rather than a creative outlet, throttle back.
- Sustain. Slightly increase my short-story submissions. With two novels in the works, I need to make this figure more realistic. Goal: 30 submissions to paying markets (includes resubs). This is a little more than an average of two a month, which should be workable while pushing me to keep writing short stories.
- Reach. Submit to more pro-level publications. Goal: 10 or more submissions. I think this is still about right, I just need to hold myself to it.
- Broaden. Write some non-genre material. Goal: Write and submit 5 or more non-genre short stories. Again, the goal is fine, but I need to make it a priority and be disciplined about pursuing it. I’ll add to this reading at least two literary ‘zines per month.
- Network. Attend a writer’s conference this year and make some new contacts. Goals: 2 conferences, at least 10 new writing contacts outside the local area and 5 in the local area. Had no trouble with this last year, so I’m raising the bar.
- Stretch. Try something that exceeds my expectations. Goals: Continue marketing The Muse and help my publisher get past break-even on costs. Finish both novels under construction and begin shopping them around. Finish NaNoWriMo this year. Surprised myself last year, so I’ll continue to aim high this year.
- Study. Improve my writing skills. Goal: Learn 5 new things about the craft of writing this year, and apply them. To this, I’ll add take a writing course of some kind this year.
- Read. Maintain a habit of reading consistently. Goal: 1 book a month, with variety. This pace is about right for my lifestyle.