I read this (it’s three parts, so please go on to read all three parts) over on Dean Wesley Smith’s blog, and have been thinking about it on and off for a couple days now.
The first thing I have to do this year, the first goal, is to be able to let go of any old lingering expectations I had about life and accept things the way they are and work with what I have. I am a stay at home mom with a special needs child that I homeschool. I used to write for hours and hours a day, and now I’m lucky if I can get dressed ;). But I set myself a goal of writing for an hour a day, and it seems to be working really well. I actually am able to write more than that, but it is hard to keep track of the snippets of time throughout the day I can grab as writing time, so I don’t. Most of my writing hour happens after everyone is in bed (including me! LOL, I am a bed-writer). So,
Goal #1a: Write for an hour a day, and feel lucky that I HAVE that hour to write in. Don’t expect anything more, but gladly accept anything that comes my way.
Something I learned from last year, too, is that if I set a goal of “enter WOTF every quarter,” then that’s all I did. I would spend that whole quarter messing around, and write one story which I would submit. I need to not do that this year. So,
Goal #1b: That hour per day is for NEW WORDS. Editing and stuff like that I know I can do during the day (we have quiet time, which we are really working on, and it looks like it will be a success, so I will do editing and all that kind of work during that hour). I would really love to have a nice arsenal of short stories by the end of the year, way more than the four necessary for entering WOTF each quarter.
Really, that’s about it, a two parted single goal. I don’t really need a goal for submitting, I am doing that already and don’t really have a problem with it. My DREAM for 2012 would be to make 2 pro sales or to win WOTF ;). But those things I only have so much power over, and the best way for them to happen, on my end, is to keep writing!