There are so many goals that I’d like to accomplish this year that it’s hard to narrow them down. As 2009 approaches, I really feel like writing-wise this is a make it or break it year for me.
I’m entering my fourth year of writing fiction seriously. And I’m to the point where something drastic needs to happen for me to keep my sanity or I’m going to have to completely twist my thinking and writing upside down and try something completely outside of the box. I’d of course prefer the Get An Agent or a Book Deal change, but I’m not opposed to being twisted and contorted to improve myself.
I’m feeling really positive and motivated right now to make good changes with my writing, and what it boils down to in terms of goals is this:
Goal 1: Get an Agent
Goal 2: Get a Book Deal
- If I’m going to have a goal to get an agent, I might as well aim big and go for the book deal too, right?
Goal 3: Think Outside of the Box with my writing and try to push myself further
- To be honest I hope to do this even if Goals 1 and 2 come true this year.
Kate mentioned yesterday that goals should have a time limit. In the PR and advertising background I come from goals can be general, but objections should be the things that can be measured. Either in time, quantity, or some other form that can be graphed or charted. Here are my objections to make my Writing Goals happen in 2009:
Objective 1: Complete 50,000 words on Contemporary YA book in January
- You all want to do it with us, don’t ya? If so, let us know and we can cheer each other on. Because a little known secret about me is that I always wanted to be a cheerleader. And don’t you want to help a girl out with that dream?
Objective 2: Finish and revise Middle-grade Mystery that I worked on this December
- This book’s outline and first half draft are nearly complete. I’d like to let the ending half of the book sit, so I can finish it when my thoughts are more compiled.
Objective 3: Revise January’s Contemporary YA book
Objective 4: Do something that scares me or something new at least once a week
- This has been one of my goals for a really long time, and I’ve never put an objective to it to actually make it happen. Well, 2009 is going to be the year I make that change. Which is why my husband and I are actually starting a new blog adventure year where you can follow our pursuit to complete so many things in our life we’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts. And I really think it will help in my writing life to gain more confidence and overcome my query fears.
Objective 5: Query at least 50 agents
- Of course, I will not be upset if it takes less
And it’s a good thing the most popular suggestion for my new Miss Name was Miss Querylicious. Because it’s definitely going to help me with Objective No. 5.
And oh yeah, if I want it to be measurable, I guess I want to accomplish this all by December 31, 2009.
What are your goals and objections for 2009?
Share, so I can be a cheerleader. (Seriously, I’m not lying when I said I wanted to be a cheerleader. I tried out for the squad and everything.)
--Emily, Miss Querylicious (whose additional goal is have a new name in 2009)