1. Writing every day.
Last year I adopted a “write only one day a week” philosophy because I had this tiny problem of getting caught up in my WIP and forgetting about my paying job.
In 2012, this worked for me. Until the last few months, when I hit a creative wall and started feeling resentful over spending my entire weekend staring at a story full of characters who didn’t want to cooperate.
Plus, there was the annoyance of rereading a ton of text each time because I’d forgotten what I’d written a week earlier. Lots of wasted time.
This year, I’m writing every day! I’m aiming for at least an hour, even if I have to split it up into 10 minute chunks here or there.
2. Reading free-for-all
Okay, I might have a slight problem with making lists. And not just shopping or to-do ones; I also make monthly reading goals.
This year I’m going a little lax on my book lists. I still want to have a theme each month, because I’m ridiculously pleased by this, but I’m cutting it down to ONE matching book and then just reading whatever I feel like the rest of the time. There are 972 books on my TBR-list. That’s a lot, I say with understatement.
So this month (classics with a twist), I’m going to pick up:
Who knows, my reading choices will be a *gasp* surprise!
3. My TBR-shelf – so full it needs its own number
While I’m on my reading frenzy, I want to actually pick up books from my own bookcase. There are currently 53 and I should be able to read at least a quarter of them, or roughly 13.
4. Keep querying
Querying is hard work. Not to mention time-consuming. Researching, writing, emailing, stressing, etc. The first book I ever queried (years ago and a hot mess) was a good introduction to the world of publication, but I was impatient and inexperienced.
This time, I’m determined to see the process out to the end. Even if I don’t receive any offers of representation, I’m glad to have the experience to prepare me for next time.
And, no, I don’t mean to sound all greeting card lame. It just sorta happened.
5. Finish a complete draft of a new WIP.
Well, sorta new. It’s actually a rewrite, but so different from the last draft, that it’s shiny to me. I’m still in an early stage, only a few chapters in and getting a feel for my characters.
6. Word of the year?
I keep reading all the great words my blogging buddies have come up with, but I’m stumped. I have no idea what word I should choose as my 2013 philosophy. So I’ll just stick to my phrase of “getting it done.”