Based on the Cabinet's 2013 goals. Writing goals, that is. Because frankly, trying to figure out goals for just one aspect of our lives is difficult enough. If we had to come up with an entire life-list of goals for this year we would either burst into flames from our heads exploding or curl up into fetal positions weeping. Neither of which would be productive in the long run.
Here are our goals (aims, aspirations, wishes, hopes, desires, dreams) for our writing lives in 2013:
PAT: 2012 brought one huge goal achieved--find an agent! Now that I've signed with Pooja Menon, 2013 will be a year of revisions and editorial submissions.
I think my main goal for the year is learning flexibility and to work on several projects at once. The first draft of my current project is the slowest thing on the planet. But I still like it.
It also looks like learning to run a Mac be part of my goals. I never knew how many of my writing friends had them :)
SUZANNE: Write every day. If I'm in between books, researching or editing, I still need to spend a little time writing even if it's just jotting ideas, journaling, or working on a short and/or flash piece. But–write daily.
Complete a publication-oriented task each week. This can be writing and sending a new agent query letter, entering a contest, submiting a short story, or querying an editor for an article. But–a concrete task completed weekly.
Read a book outside my usual habits monthly. This one's pretty self-explanatory. :)
That's it! Of course I'd also like to get an agent, enjoy certain publication milestones, etc, but I think this year I'll keep my goals focused on those things I can accomplish without relying on outside circumstances aligning themselves as I like.
BECCA: 2013 will be the first year since 2009 that I won't have a book released. So serendipity and the littlest bit of relaxation is in my plans.
Of course, I must finish BLACK ICE (slated for release in March 2014). And there are always new ideas to explore . . .