It’s about time!
As promised, this post is going to be about my goals for 2013–specifically, my writing goals, but if anyone would like to know more about my other goals and how I set them, in family, or arts, or finances, etc. feel free to ask in the comments. I figure my writing goals are what most people would be interested in here.
In the last post, I said that one of my four areas of concentration for the year, the things most important to me, was my writing career. Under that big heading, I put 4 (now 5) subheadings: 1) Craft; 2) Business Skills; 3) Production; 4) Community; 5) Celebrate.
Now, many people would stop there. “I’d like to write more. I’d like to learn more about the business.” Well, that’s a start, but how do yo know what “more” is? How do you know if you have succeeded? Yup–measurable goals. Under each of these 5 things, I wrote 1-3 specific things I can do to accomplish my goals.
This is what the writing part of my goal poster looks like. I do it by hand, because it helps cement things in my brain, but you can feel free to do it in whatever way works for you. I hang this up in my house, in a place I can see it on a regular basis. You don’t have to put it up in a place others will see it; I have kept mine in my bedroom.
Originally, I had wanted to write 2 novels, but I decided to cut it down to 1, since I am also doing Holly Lisle’s “How to Think Sideways” course, and want to make sure I have enough time to try out all the new things I’ll be learning. If by the midpoint of the year, it looks like I could do two novels, I can easily change my goal. I try to shift up, though, and not down, so I try to be very realistic when I set things up in the beginning.
Again, if anyone wants me to elaborate on any of this, ask away in the comments.
So….now that my year’s goals are laid out, it’s time for my quarterly ones–which means….ROW 80! (for those who don’t know what ROW 80 is, check it out here)
I’m a little late announcing my goals for ROW 80, but hey, better late than never (and that’s important to remember about any goals). So, here’s how it breaks down for the 5 goal areas for this quarter:
1) Craft: Complete the first 8 lessons in Holly Lisle’s course; attend EPICon in March; no online course this quarter (unless something really hits me)
2) Business Skills: Read 1/4 of The Copyright Handbook; review Kristine Katherine Rusch’s business posts (Freelancer’s Guide, etc); stay up to date on Kris and Dean’s blogs.
3) Production: Complete one short story and begin the next; finish planning novel; write 10k on novel.
4) Community: Keep up! Share, communicate. Two blogs posts per week.
5) Celebrate: Yeah, this seems like it should be easy, but so often we focus on the downer stuff. Find something positive every day. Celebrate every success.
So, what are your goals for this year? Feel free to share in the comments :).