Writing Goals

I had a big old post written out about my entire lack of attention span, but I got distracted, so I’m doing this instead 😉

I’m a little addicted to a particular writing podcast called Packing Heat. I’m kinda sad that it’s all over now, so I’ve been consoling myself by going right back to the beginning and starting again. Well, I’m up to number 006: Setting Goals, and it is three years old, but Jordan’s talking about setting writing goals for the new year. Well, it’s coming up 2011, and I do so like making New Year’s Resolutions (even if I don’t remember ever keeping one), so I figure I might as well do just that.

Now I could say ‘I’m going to write 2k per day’, or, ‘I’m going to write for two hours each day’, but I’ve kind of already got those things down.

I have bigger long term goals. Ultimately, getting published would be nice, and perhaps it’s that I don’t want to tempt fate, or I’m afraid to fail, that I say it in such a wishy washy way.

It’s ridiculous. I can write fictional sex scenes that require heavy content warnings, and yet I have so much trouble coming out and saying: ‘I want to be published. It is my goal to be published.’

So, anyway, I said it. To do this, I have to submit stuff. To do this I have to finish something (talked about my issues with that in the short attention span post which I was distracted from by this one).

So, I have a couple of half finished novella’s and a couple of barely finished novella’s, plus the zero draft of my nano novel to work with (I include my nano because it might as well be a very detailed outline for all the actual quality writing it contains).

So, finish those.

I actually have a little mini goal before the end of the year. I have the first draft of a little short story that I plan to revise and edit and submit to a magazine before the end of the year.

I need a little checklisty thing, don’t I?

  • revise short and submit the damn thing
  • rewrite nano into a decent first draft
  • finish two half finished novella’s

I’m not putting the editing and submitting of those two novella’s on the list because finishing things is my biggest issue right now.

Hmm. Methinks wordpress needs a wee to-do list sidebar widget. How cool would that be?


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I write a lot and read nowhere near enough. View all posts by kimberleydane

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