Friday, December 2, 2011


Well, it isn't the official beginning of the new year. But I started the Write 1, Sub 1 Novel Challenge in November and thought now was as good a time as any to assess my goals for the coming year.

I've set a number of different writing goals over the past few years: writing a certain number of novels, writing a certain number of words in a year, (and this last year) writing and submitting at least one story per month. Some of these goals I've met, others I've failed miserably.

That is the thing about goals - they need to be something you may not be able to reach, otherwise why set a goal in the first place. So this year, I'm setting writing goals that reflect a number of personal commitments.

Goal Number One: To finish and submit Gaslyte - the novel-in-progress I've been working on since 2008 - by the end of the year.

Goal Number Two: To finish and submit at least one longer length project - 15k or more - by the end of the year.

Goal Number Three: To polish and submit the handful of stories I wrote this year but have languished in my pile of "to edit" projects.

Goal Number Four: To write a minimum of 15k per month.

Even with a limited schedule for writing these are all completely doable, but challenging. They will require me to stay focused on the work at hand - writing.

As you head towards the beginning of another year of writing, what are you planning to accomplish?


Lydia Gray said...

Good luck with your goals!

I'm going to try for two shorts a month this time. Lol. Really pushing the boat out :)

I like goals where I can be pretty sure I can manage them. I'm lazy like that.

A.G. Carpenter said...

I find if I don't challenge myself I tend to blow things off. Goals that are easy aren't fun, personally. This year I'm trying not to take that too far (as I have in the past) and make them so challenging I have no hoping of meeting them.


Michael Haynes said...

You hit a very good point in that comment, A. G.

Your goals need to be challenging enough that they aren't "gimmes" but not so challenging that it's easy to see early on that you have no hope of reaching them and have an excuse to give up.