2017 is here! I like to set goals at the start of each year (rather than resolutions), to get my priorities in order. Here are my writing-related goals for the new year:
- Rock my debut year. THE TETHERED MAGE comes out this Fall! It’s going to be a crazy, wonderful year, full of new experiences I can only guess at. I plan to both work hard and enjoy every minute.
- Write book two! I’ve been revising forever, and I am SO EXCITED to start a shiny new first draft soon.
- Read some great adult fantasy. I was focusing on reading YA while I was writing YA, and I have some delectable catching up to do on recent grownup fantasy. (Recommendations welcome!)
Those are the big three I want to focus on. Subordinate goals include:
- Save time for fun. I want to reserve time for hanging out with my friends and taking my kids on fun outings, and I need to schedule accordingly in advance. If I try to play it by ear, two careers means I’ll wind up working ALL THE TIME. If I pre-book my fun, I can’t weasel out of it to do work instead.
- Challenge myself. I always like to pick a new area or two of craft to particularly try to level up when I start a new writing project. Gotta figure out what to work on next!
- Give back to the writing community. I want to support fellow authors, and help up and coming writers seeking agents.
- That’s probably enough! 2017 is going to be a really busy year, so I shouldn’t get too ambitious. Can’t wait to see what it has in store!
Last year was crazy busy in real life, and a roller coaster for our family. For my writing life, however, it was the Year of Revision. While I did new writing too, of course, I think it’s safe to say I did more revising in 2015 than in any previous year in my writing career. And let me tell you, I learned a lot.
I also had the pleasure of judging and/or mentoring in a couple of contests, and it was great fun. I learned a lot from that, too—seriously, nothing will teach you about getting stakes, voice, and dramatic tension on the page better than critiquing a couple dozen solid first pages & queries—and I got a sneak peek at some really neat stories I hope to see on bookshelves someday.
Looking ahead into 2016 (or the rest of it, at any rate), I’ve got some fun stuff coming up. I’m restarting my current WIP, and am very excited about the character and story insights I’ve had that prompted me to restart. I’m hoping to volunteer for more contests and do more critique giveaways to give back to the awesome writing community. I’m also planning to carve out more time for reading—with work, kids, and writing eating up my day, it’s hard to keep up with my TBR pile (it doesn’t help that there are SO MANY SHINY WONDERFUL BOOKS that I have to keep adding to it).
Best wishes to all of you on your current projects, whatever they may be! May 2016 be a fantastic year for creativity and creative people.
I have to say, I’m really excited about my writing plans for 2015.
I have three main projects I’m working on at the beginning of this year, each one at a different stage:
First there’s JANUARY IN SHADOW, a YA contemporary fantasy. I recently did a major revision for my agent which I’m really happy with overall. I’m so excited to continue this book’s journey in 2015!
I’m also revising A FALCONER OF VENICE, a YA historical fantasy set in late 17th century Venice. I’m happy with how revisions are going on this one, too. My goal for AFOV is to finish revisions sometime this winter and have a draft ready enough to show my agent.
Then there’s a new book, which doesn’t have a working title yet and is still in the planning stages — another YA fantasy, surprise surprise. I’m super excited about New Book. It’s my first real try at multi-POV, and I love the cast of characters I’m developing. I think it’s going to be a blast to write, with each of them having their own goals, secrets, and conflicts all playing off each other. It’ll be a challenge, and I love that, too. My goal for New Book for 2015 is to get a first draft complete.
I’m also hoping to give back to the writing community in 2015, since I got so much amazing support and help in 2014.
Suffice to say I’m all psyched up to have a creative, productive, and fun year. I can’t wait!
And I can’t wait to see the wonderful things all my creative friends and writer buddies produce, as well! Here’s to a year of amazing stories.
I’ve never done NaNoWriMo, but every year I cheer on friends doing it. I find it incredibly motivational to watch them post their word counts and progress.
I’ve always got some writing goal I’m working towards, and in November I like to try to set something suitably epic so I can get into the NaNoWriMo spirit even if I’m not in the right place to start and end a new novel in one month. Some years I’ve used the boost of enthusiasm I get from the NaNoWriMo excitement to finish a novel draft, to complete a revision pass, or to hit some other milestone.
This year, my baseline November goal is to complete my current major revision pass. My stretch goal is to complete the entire revision (which will include multiple passes with different purposes). Thanksgiving blasts a big hole in the middle of November for me due to family visits, so I’ll probably only get 20-25 real writing days out of the month, but I’m going to go for it!
I wish all my friends who are doing NaNoWriMo luck… and those who have other November writing goals luck, too. Get those words on the page!