2012 Goals Report — January 2, 2013

2012 Goals Report

With the close of another year comes the time to check in on my goals and see how I did with them. (Probably not the best way to achieve goals, set them and not even think about them again for a year.)

My 2012 writing goals can be found in the 2011 goals report post, but I’ll recap here.

Well, I queried Woven (then titled Mirror, Mirror) but not before mid-year like I’d hoped.

I wrote 1 book and 1 novella this year so that’s sort of hitting goal. (Which was to write 2 books this year.)

I did not edit either of those books to get them query-ready.

I did attend a writer’s conference this year, which was fabulous.

Sadly, I did not do NaNo this year.

So about half and half where meeting my goals is concerned. Sigh. I don’t know that I’m going to set any goals for the coming year. (More about that in my next post.)

What are your goals for the year?

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Here’s to you… — December 15, 2011

Here’s to you…

2011. Here’s a toast to you.

I thought that as the year draws to a close I’d look backward.  I posted my 2011 writing goals here on the blog.

I hit all but one of those.  My poetry efforts have slacked off.  And, if I’m being honest, my motivation to continue writing poetry has vanished since leaving grad school and no longer participating in poetry workshops, readings, and not having people around me to regularly read/critique my poetry and help keep me motivated on that front.

But I hit every other goal that I posted here on the blog.

I revised Lodestar to death.

I queried Lodestar, albeit only a little.

I wrote two books.  Truth or Dare and Mirror, Mirror.

As the year ends, not only am I looking back but I’m looking forward.  My goals for 2012:

1- Query Mirror, Mirror before mid-year
2- Write 2 more books this year
3- Edit at least 1 of those books and get it ready for querying
4- Attend at least 1 writer’s conference this year
5- Participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time ever

So, what are your goals for the year of writing ahead?

Goals — February 23, 2010

Goals

Back on January 1 I posted my writerly goals for the year.

The original post can be found here.

I thought it would be a good time to check in on my goals, now that a couple of months have passed.  I may do this every couple of months.  Or not.

Well, looking at this list, I’ve accomplished one goal.

I finished Oracles Promise.  Which was my primary goal for the year.  Now I’m working on the second goal of revising this manuscript.  At some point I’ll have to move on to writing Lodestar which is another goal on my list.  But for now I’m content to read and work on revising my completed manuscript.

How are you doing with your goals this year?

Goals update #8 — August 16, 2009
Goals update #7 — August 9, 2009
Goals update #6 — August 2, 2009

Goals update #6

OK, so this is a very long post. But I’ve been writing it in little bits all week as I achieved various mini-goals that I set for myself in the last week of July.

I feel rather like the Sylvia Plath poem titled “Cut” right now. I wonder why…

Poems written: 0

I’m such a failure, I know. But look below and you’ll see why I didn’t write any poetry.

World-building achieved:

I outlined all three books of the Sunstone Trilogy as it is now being called. Each book will have its own title, of course, but it’s rather unifying to be able to say the name of the series. I abandoned all hope of outlining the way Noah Lukeman said to do in The Plot Thickens. But my outlines are more than just rudimentary chapter titles, fortunately.

I said on Tuesday that I was going to have to scrap much of my initial draft, 6 of the chapters to be exact. I’ve decided against that for the time being, but I’m opting to simply start from scratch. I will be ignoring what I’ve already written mainly because my writing has improved so much in the years since I wrote those chapters and nothing but a start-from-scratch rewrite will be able to salvage those storylines. The order of chapters has changed in my outline and I think it will work better. It’s still an epic ensemble cast of characters, but I feel it’s necessary in order to keep things believable and moving at a good pace.

Somewhere mid-week, though maybe it was Tuesday morning, I realized that there was one more character who I needed to do at least a half-bio on that I’d forgotten about. She’s to be a teacher to my MC and I felt like she deserved more attention than what she’d get if I didn’t take the time this week to at least note down some physical characteristics and some attributes which justify her being one of my MC’s mentors. I did that rather quickly on Thursday after finishing up the outlines for books 2 and 3.

I wrote up some bits and pieces that will be scattered throughout the entirety of the trilogy in order to have them in mind so I can foreshadow some important things from them instead of hitting an “Oops, forgot that” info dump somewhere down the road.

As the week progressed and I got closer and closer to being “done” with my world-building I found myself getting anxious for today to arrive because it meant I got to start writing again.

I haven’t been this excited about writing since before I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in 2007.

Today is August 1. As per my Authorial Goals Revised post of the 18th, I should be in fever-pace-writing-mode starting today. This is now the start of my month of writing that I’ve given myself to complete the first draft of my novel. (You read that right, first draft of the novel I’ve been working on since high school, at least 6-7 years. *bang head on wall*)

Words written: 2,098!!!!!!

And so much easier than I thought it would be! We’ll just have to see how it goes the rest of the month. That word count includes a prologue and 1 and something chapters. Boy will I have to cull words from my ms before it’s ready to be published. Oh well.

Goals update #5 — July 26, 2009

Goals update #5

Poems written this week: 5. All crap, too, I might add.

World-building achieved this week:

Finished the history! I really just got so tired of writing the history that when I moved to the realms outside what I’d already written, after finishing up the history for the kingdom in which Sunstone is set, I just said “these other countries had the same battles and problems that the empires they were once part of had, or that were laid out in what’s already been said of history to this point.” I know it was super lazy but it took so much time to figure out the years, and eras, and all that jazz for the one. And the one I spent the most time on is really the most important. I can always go back in and fill in the gaps later. I just was too lazy to try coming up with new names for eras of history for these other countries and try to figure out the reference points to orient the reader (myself) to what was happening in the more detailed history I’d already written. I started doing that, but I was only succeeding in confuzzling my poor brain even worse than it already was so I just gave up.

I also wrote out a paragraph expounding a bit of the development of magic in my fantasy realm. I’d mentioned at the beginning of the detailed history when magic was first born in this world, but I’d not said much about it since. I did that and then was ready to move on to hammering out the plot details and figuring out all my characters and trying to begin to trace how they all fit into the storyline.

Character bios were also attacked this week. I started out so strongly. I have this book, The Plot Thickens, and the first two chapters are dedicated entirely to questions to ask your characters. The problem is, I have a rather large ensemble cast of characters, be they main or major (thanks to Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters and Viewpoint for the distinction), which need fleshing out. By the time I got through 3 of those characters I was done with the questions. I had had it up to my eyeballs with those questions. But there were still 11 to go. Plus my main villain will require several pages of detailed character biography to keep all facets of his convoluted life organized and keep spillage to a minimum.

I got lazy after that third character bio. It probably doesn’t help that I’m really feeling the crunch right now since I still need to hammer out my plot and then let fly with my outlines all in before I go to bed this Friday. I say this Friday because Saturday is August 1 and August 1 is my first day of writing at my 2000 words a day pace. I need to finish up the last of this world building before I can pick up the writing.

The last few characters I’ve done bios for are nowhere near as detailed. Especially the children in my book. I mean, not much has happened to a 9/10 year old in their life and they’re still maturing physically so there’s not much to say about that. I’ve got a book, Writer’s Guide to Character Traits, which will help me in writing the children as they mature to adulthood and change and their personalities solidify, but it’s not much help in writing the character bio at this point. I know I should try harder, but it’s just so time-consuming and there is the pressure of that deadline looming.

OK, I’m going to cheat and include today in my goals achievement tally. I know I shouldn’t but it’ll be more self-encouraging if I do. As of when I went to bed last night, I still had 4 characters to go for characterization. (And I’ve already done 11. Now, put the rotten vegetables down and breathe. Only 1 of those is my MC, the rest are just major characters who will have solid roles in the story, but not as big and important as my MC. But they’re still major characters so they have to be fleshed out more than all the background people who will come and go throughout the series. Rotten veggies away? OK, let’s continue.)

Can you tell I’ve been writing this successively throughout the week instead of in one fell swoop? No? Good.

As of right now, when I’m going to bed for the night because I’m awfully exhausted after getting up at a quarter to 6 this morning to do a certain writing exercise, walk for an hour with my mom and dog, go to a golf clinic, and clean my mom’s house for 3 hours (and all that before 3 this afternoon. Yikes.) I’ve got 1 character left to do a bio for. 1!!!! I’d do it tonight, but I’ve twisted my timeline into bunches and need to get the ages of certain major characters sorted out. It will require some minor revisions to character bios and to the history I previously laid out.

Needless to say, I have yet to attack my plot or outlines. Fortunately for me there’s still another scant handful of days in this month for me to get the rest of the background stuff I need cranked out.

Now to bed with my bones.

I’ve written and scheduled tomorrow’s post because I’m going unplugged for the day. Fingers crossed I actually last this time.

Good night my dear friends. I bid you adieu.

(Melodramatic just a touch?)

Goals update #4 — July 19, 2009

Goals update #4

Poems written this week: 6. It’s more than I thought I’d written! Wahoo! One of them will likely never see the light of day. It was more therapy-poem than anything else. But I’m losing my poetry mojo and I don’t know why.

Short stories written this week: 0

World-building achieved this week: I’ve made it into the age in which my WIP is set. I’m giving myself the weekend to finish it. I have a lot to get done in that short amount of time. As the history has narrowed down to only focusing on the kingdom in which my WIP is set I’ve realized the need to go back and write the histories for surrounding kingdoms, especially those that were never included in the history I’ve already written. Once I get the history done I can move on to character bios, hammering out the details of my plot, and the all-important detailed outline. So much to do, so little time to do it in…*sigh*

Authorial Goals Revised — July 18, 2009

Authorial Goals Revised

OK, as I draw closer to the time where I will be writing at a fever pace I realize that my goals need some revision as they aren’t entirely practical. See my original laying forth of my goals for comparison.

Now to the end of the month
As many poems as I can, preferably one per day

Finish world-building on novel series #1

August 1 to August 30

Draft of first book of Sunstone Saga at minimum pace of 2,000 words per day


September 1 to October 31

World-building for novel series #2 tentatively titled Shattered Ties

November 1 to November 30

Draft of first book of Shattered Ties series at minimum pace of 2,000 words per day, preferably 3K to 4K per day

December 1 to December 31

Revise Sunstone Saga #1

January 1 to January 31

Revise Shattered Ties #1

Beyond these days

Draft the other books in the series, find a critique group (more on that in the coming weeks), query, revise, query, revise, write, etc.

Again, I fear it will be like this:

Goals update #3 — July 12, 2009

Goals update #3

Poems written: 2. I did, however, get the first stanza of another written and plotted out the idea for another one. But I don’t think I could feasibly publish that poem, so I’m going to have to scrap it. And I did start a poem that turned into something that would be better suited to the opening of a memoir chapter. (If I knew how to write memoir, that is.)

Short stories written: 0. Maybe next week will be better, eh?

World-building achieved: Finished off one era/age of history and moved into the next. But I’m realizing as I go along that I’ve increasingly gone away from the “history of the world” that I intended when I started out. Sure when it began it was the entire world, but that’s been decreasing in size as the years roll on in this thing. I’m working my way down to the finalization of boundaries and the formalizing of the borders that contain the country that my WIP takes place in. But I’m doing so at the expense of the rest of the nations around this one. I’ll have to go back and write a history for the countries that aren’t included in what I’ve written so far. And that’s going to take time. With the job hunt and such I know I’m going to be losing that valuable time. So I’ll just have to work my tail off to get done with what needs to be done this month so I can move back to writing come August.