From my about page:
This is the year. These are the goals:
500 words 5 days/week 3 hours/day
• Write a novel in
six 9 (?) months
• Polish and submit at least one piece
• Learn how to make killer PDFs
• Learn e-publishing
• Chronicle the steps and missteps along the way; otherwise I will forget
How did I do?
- Definitely averaged 3 hrs/day writing
- Did NOT finish the novel in 6 months. Or 9. (12? It’ll be close!)
- I did submit some stuff. Nothing published. Yet.
- I made PDFs. No one was killed.
- E-publishing. Nope. Put that cart back behind the horse, please.
- I’ve chronicled. And forgotten most of it anyway.
I also did a lot of other stuff, like teaching, graphic design, laundry, newspaper articles, a ginormous play, public speaking, parenting, rebuilding a marriage, blogging. And I missed some things I used to do a lot of, too. Especially art. I’ve gotten rusty! Making Christmas gifts the past few weeks has been like catching up with an old friend who remembers our inside jokes but I don’t.
Writing a novel was a good goal and a great education. I learned some techniques that work for me, and some that didn’t. And writing everyday has vastly improved my ability to articulate. So even though I join the ranks of those who bury/incinerate/deny having ever written their first book, I’m thrilled to have something so hideous to hide in my bottom drawer.
Now on to next year’s goals. This is 2014:
- Get up an hour early
- 1000 words/day
- 100 rejections (2/week)
- Edit and polish existing work
- Write the “back burner” poem & story ideas I’ve been jotting down all year
- Edit the novel
- Learn French
- Learn more graphic design techniques
I think those last two are writing goals. No idea why. I haven’t actually planned a francophilic graphic novel.