I’m looking forward to the new year. This is mainly because, as a writer, 2013 was for the most part a bust. Without exception, I kicked every writing goal I set for myself to the curb this past year. So in this light, 2014 is guaranteed to be a success. Right?
I know it’s dangerous, but I’m going to set some of my goals down here for all to see. Accountability and all that. So without further
procrastination ado, here they are.
I plan to complete the first draft by the end of March and second draft by the end of June. After that, I intend to let a few beta-readers at it before I do another revision, and then hire a professional editor. My ultimate goal is to have a submission-ready manuscript before the end of the year. Preferably by the end of September, but I’m not going to push my luck.
I would like to have a fully fleshed-out outline before NaNoWriMo (November), so that I can rip out a first draft during the event. I’ll be tickled if I have it ready to go by the end of the year, though.
You only have to look at the post archive to see that this blog was largely neglected in 2013. No more! I’m committing to at least one new post a week. I’d prefer two, but I’m being conservative. If I publish more than 52 posts in 2014, I’m going to call that a success.
I also intend to publish some short fiction here. I’m not sure how often this will happen, but if I can do one every other month I’ll be happy. These will most likely be flash fiction—one thousand words or less.
I also have to keep up some of the other pages on this site more consistently; this is going to happen as needed.
And lastly, a site redesign would be nice. I’m looking to complete this by the end of March—maybe much sooner. Just as long as it doesn’t interfere with the Most Important Thing, which is my writing.
In addition to the short fiction I’ll be publishing here, I’m going to make a concerted effort to produce some salable short stories and submit them for publication. One a month is my goal. What am I getting myself into?
That’s it. To most of you, these might seem pretty mild. Compared to my last twelve months, however, they’re actually very wild. As I stated above, 2014 can’t help but be a productive and successful year. And I sincerely hope that yours is as well, whatever your goals turn out to be.