Another year is here and it’s time to determine my goals for the coming year. I don’t do resolutions. I set goals, then meet them. It’s worked out well over the last 3 years, so I’ll continue the trend this year.
The final numbers are in. I wrote ~115K words last year, completing one novel and started another. That was 26% over my goal. On the editing front, I edited Dwarf Lords once, and started through a second time. I edited on 67 days out of the year.
So, on to the new goals. The word count I’m shooting for is 130K. Given my previous years, that’s doable. The toughest part will be deciding which novel to work on after the current WIP is finished. I think I’m roughly half way through it. I’m definitely ready to get back to my fantasy setting. That leaves me with rounding out the 2nd/3rd Dwarf Lords or working on a new character in that world. I’ll see what I’m feeling as the time draws closer.
For my editing goals, I’m going to shoot for editing 180 days out of the year. I think that’s doable, and that will really allot me the time needed to give that book the polish it needs. That should also give me time to have a second novel edited as well. Could it be that I have two novels ready to go this year?
You may notice on the side here that I’m reading Booklife by Jeff Vandermeer. This was an excellent gift from my wife that is also well timed. I’m looking forward to the information I glean from that book and will share any tidbits I find there. Jeff also created the website Booklifenow.com which is a more up to date version of the info provided in Booklife. So between the two, and my own determination, I may just have a book on the shelves soon.
Just a quick status update. Writing is flowing onto the page lately. I’m ~12K words over my current goal for the year. I’m roughly a chapter or two from the end of the current novel. I’m planning the next novel. It will be a change of gears to a science fiction (space opera) story. I’m ready for a little break from fantasy. Yeah, it’s going well. I love doing this.
Great personal milestones reached today.
As of today, I will surpass my word count goal for last year. I’m also at 75% of my goal for this year. Overall, pretty good progress as far as numbers go.
I think one of the downfalls of this relative break-neck pace (at least for me) is that I haven’t left myself much time for editing the work I’ve produced. It’s something I will take into account when I set the goals for next year.
Personally, I feel like my writing has come a long way. Though I realize there is still a long way to go. All I can do is…
As we draw near to the end of November, I am happy to report I have met my goals for the year! Though with the time I didn’t write in January and the fact that I still have all of December left, I’ve managed to do it in 10 months.
What’s next you ask? As they say, no rest of the wicked. My goal is to finish my dwarf story by the end of the year. I would also like to finish off the edits on my mythology story. Both goals are achievable.
What does that mean for 2012? It’s clear that I’m capable of a higher daily goal. So I’ll adjust those numbers. Then I’m left to decide what project to work on next. The second Dragon Lords novel? The SF epic I have rolling around in my head? I have a month to decide.
Is the first part of learning realizing just how far you have to go?
It’s almost 2009. In general, I don’t get too excited for New Years Eve. But it is definitely a time for me to be introspective about the year prior, and the changes I’d like to make for the new year.
I feel like I’m on the verge of a break through with my writing. My goal for the next year is to spend less of my free time on “frivolous” pursuits, and more time writing. Frivolity certainly has it’s place, but at the same time, it’s not helping my writing along. Granted, it won’t be instantaneous, but I’ll feel a lot better about it if I’m working toward that goal.
My goal is to hit the market Beneath Ceaseless Skies. I really like the mag, and I’d love to see my work there.
Well, the party is starting soon. We’ll have a good time. Hopefully the kids decide to sleep in tomorrow, otherwise it will be a long day.