It’s January 1, 2010. The first day of a new year. And with a new year comes the annual tradition of casting off whatever was wrong with the previous year and actually trying to make the new year better.
And this is my obligatory post where I lemming my way through listing what I have planned to accomplish in 2010.
I’ve never been any good at this. I cannot think of a single New Year’s Resolution that I’ve ever kept. But I’m going to try to reach the following four goals I have set for myself:
- Finish a novel manuscript. By January 1, 2011, I truly intend on having a novel’s manuscript completed. Even if it’s the “only me” version of it, I am going to have this finished. My life’s dream is to make my living as a writer, a novelist, so the first step is to make sure I can actually get a novel finished. I’ll be chronicling my journey with my Writing my Novel series on this blog.
- Ready at least one short story for submission. In the same vein as number 1, the only way I can really get to the point where I can write for a living is to keep practicing. And since I’ve never sold a piece of fiction before, I want to. By the end of the year, I intend to have a single short story (or more, if I have the time and inclination, but at least one) written, edited, and submitted for professional publication.
- Keep my blog’s 3 posts a week schedule. I care about this blog. I care about my readers. And my wife said that my writing has improved 10x since I started blogging seriously in May. All of that combines to make sure that I at least maintain my regular posting. Successfully attaining this resolution means very likely that nothing will change around here (except maybe the quality of the posts will go up).
- Read each night before bed. They say that the only way to write a novel is to be a reader. And I love to read. Unfortunately, I don’t always make time to read books, even though I do read tons of blogs—is that bad? From June 2008 to June 2009, I finished 47 novels. From June 2009 to today, I have finished 3. That’s embarrassing. So in order to better facilitate my move into a working writer, I need to actually make an effort to do as the professionals say. I’ll set time aside, even if that time is only an hour or less before I go to sleep every night. Maybe only one chapter. But it’s something.
And there they are. The four things I intend to work on for the duration of this year.
What do you have planned for the new year, for 2010?