We’re Baaack! The Wordbitches are back for another year of writing craziness. We hope you come along for the ride. Last January we each started off listing our goals for the year. I’m pretty sure the other wordbitches made their goals. Those… those bitches. I struggled with mine.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I am always making goals. Exercise goals, cooking goals, family goals and yes, of course, writing goals. These goals are usually accompanied by lists of schedules and plans on how to accomplish them. My goals are made with the best of intentions. I want to get the Mother-of-the-Year Award, write a bestselling trilogy that pulls Oprah out of retirement for one more bookclub, become a gourmet chef who guest stars on Jaime Oliver’s show, go to the Olympics for badminton (a sport I started one year ago), conduct ground breaking experiments on the space station, and become a yoga master (that is like a jedi master, right?).
*shakes head* Yes, I clearly have a problem with my goals. And for me the New Year is another excuse to make new goals. (I seem to be addicted to making them, not so much with keeping them, but that’s for another blog.)
To help me set up some realistic goals for my writing, I scoured the net for articles on the subject. If like me you haven’t quite firmed up your writing goals for the year, or are unsure about what to strive for I’ve got a list of links that might help you out.
2012 and Planning for Success in the New Year by the Amazing Kristen Lamb
My Truths for 2012 by Elena over on her personal blog Don’t Forget to Breath
Why Setting Writing Goals for 2012 Isn’t Enough by Suzannah Freeman at Write It Sideways
By Guest Author Shawntelle Madison: A New Year: A New Start to Write over on Janice Hardy’s blog The Other Side of the Story
A Writer’s Pre-Flight Checklist is a great tool to use before you start that new story. It’s over at Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing
25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing A fantastic post whether you’re making goals or not. By Chuck Wendig over at Terrible Minds
If you tell me your writing goals, I might tell you mine. As long as you promise not to laugh… ;)