Well, except by becoming a published romantic suspense author with a fat advance, awesome covers, a multi-book deal, and a gazillion sales.
Hey, I need something to strive for in 2013, right?
I’m not much on resolutions, and my goals tend to morph a little as the year goes on, but I like to start the new year by evaluating the previous year’s performance and set goals for the next 12 months. It’s become a tradition for me to share with you how I did, what I learned, and my plans going forward.
2012 was an abysmal failure from a fiction writing standpoint. But professionally speaking it was a great year in other ways. I got the contract for and wrote Scrivener For Dummies, and it released in August. What a whirlwind!
So here’s my look back, and forward.
I wrote 113,384 total words, not including blog posts (regardless of purpose/site). June and July were busy spent on revisions and attending conference, so I have hours there, but no words.
I worked 768 hours, not including blogging (except promotional blogs), reading/answering email, networking on Twitter or Facebook, reading craft blogs, or volunteer hours for my writing chapters. I count hours for long stretches of research or craft reading, but not the little snippets I sometimes take here and there.
- Completed and polished a manuscript, though it wasn’t the one that I’d anticipated. Not that I’m complaining.
- Taught two Scrivener courses for both Mac and Windows, and moved to running them myself.
- Researched, tested, and paid for new online class platform.
- Attended RWA National Conference and my local chapter retreat.
- Read several craft and research books.
- Blogged weekly.
- No completed fiction manuscripts. I got one about half finished, another about half edited, and a new one outlined.
- I didn’t come close to my word count or revision goals.
- No NaNoWriMo three-peat this year.
Goals for 2013
In an effort to focus on putting in the time instead of just words, I’m changing things up a little. I’ll talk next week in more detail about what I’m doing to make these goals more likely to happen.
- 60-90 minutes of writing or revisions every non-holiday weekday. Striving for at least 1000 words during writing sessions.
- Teach two Scrivener online classes for both Mac and Windows on new WizIQ platform.
- Check/respond to email, Facebook, Twitter, or other blogs after morning writing is done, but by 9:30am.
- Set more boundaries between my personal and professional life by limiting my “work” (writing, business emails, chapter volunteer duties) to weekday hours as much as possible.
- Continue to blog weekly.
So that’s how I did and what I’m looking forward to. How was 2012 for you? What plans do you have for 2013?
Image credit: By Ultima Thule, 1927 (Ultima Thule, 1927) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons