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New Year, New Goals

OK, I admit, I fell way short on my 2007 goals (like by about 290k words). Still, I'm a believer in goals because if I don't set some, I'll tend to drift aimlessly and that's useless also.

So, for better or for worse, here's my plan for 2008

1) 365K words for 2008. Yep. Back to the 1000 words a day goal. Not an unreasonable goal if I just make myself actually sit and write. Obviously, some days will be better and some days will be worse. Building up a cushion is not a bad idea, but I don't want to squander it for no reason either, so the idea is write something every day.

2) Set specific tasks to be worked on. Once I was done with my contracted work for 2007, I just meandered between projects. That's got to come to an end if I ever want to get close to goal 3 (more to follow). So, I've set the following schedule for myself. Mondays and Tuesdays, I'm going to work on Childhood's Tears. Wednesdays and Thursdays, I'm going to work on Steel on Target. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are going to vary depending on circumstances. When it's time for me to work on the next chapter, Fridays and Saturdays are going to be for working on Shattered Mirror and I'll use Sundays to work on some short stories. When April is working on her chapters, I'll use Friday to work on edits for Shattered Mirror and Saturday and Sundays to work on Chronicles of the Sea Dragon.

Now, this may change if I feel myself hitting my stride on one of the stories, but right now, no one story I'm working on has really captured my interest more than the other. Plus, I have several other stories in the hopper, waiting to finish one of these, so there's no lack of good material to work on if these wind up going nowhere. But, with nothing under contract and nothing owed to anyone, I might as well explore several different types of stories.

3) Finish 2 novels and 2 short stories this year.

3a) Once I finish one of the novels, I'll use one of the writing blocks to begin revisions on Harbinger of Darkness. With any luck, I'll have that rewrite done in late 08, early 09 and start shopping it around again.

4) Finish 50 pages of a novel for my submission for graduate school to pursue my Masters of Arts in Creative Writing (apply in Jan 09 for admission in Sep 09). I doubt I can use anything I've written so far, although I need to arrange a meeting with the head of the department to confirm or deny that assumption. (Most MFAs don't look too kindly to genre work, but there's always a chance they'll be a tad more understanding.) I'm hoping my graduating with honors from the local community college in 07.

5) Pitch for at least two tie-in works.

6) Pitch at least one more shared-world novel.

7) Submit two finished short stories to F&SF or Realms of Fantasy this year.

8) Outline at least two novels to work on in 2009.

9) (Hopefully) secure agent representation in 2008/9.

10) Be a productive member of Writer Beware.

11) Attend Farpoint, Shore Leave, Balticon and Archon this year for conventions. (Dragon*Con is optional this year as is WorldCon in Denver).

Keep your fingers crossed. It's not horribly ambitious compared to some of the goals I've seen posted by others but it's ambitious for me. If nothing else, blogging should help me keep track of how well I'm doing or not doing to meet these goals.


( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )
Jan. 2nd, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Looks sane...
Two things I notice:

>no one story I'm working on has really
>captured my interest more than the other.

Perhaps you need: "Come up with a sufficiently high enough concept to capture my interest." My theory is that high concept is usually the difference between midlist and breakout.

>10) Be a productive member of Writer Beware.
With what time?
( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )

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