A few years ago a writing friend told me she writes her yearly goals in a piece of paper and puts them in a box on her desk. Then at the end of the year she pulls out the paper and studies her progress.
Last year I did that and here are my goals and results:
* Finish the novel. (I am really close)
* Get PRO pin. (once I finish the book, I can start down this path)
* Sell 6 Trues. (I sold 10)
* Get in shape. (well…)
I bought the pretty box in the photo for this year's goals. It caught my eye at a little gift shop and didn't cost much at all. I'm already regretting I didn't buy a few of them to use as gifts. I guess I could go back to the shop; it's about an hour away.
Anyway, here are my goals for 2009:
* Finish the novel for real. Close only counts in horseshoes.
* Get my PRO pin.
* Pitch the novel at the RWA conference in July.
* Write more Trues to help fund my way to said conference.
* Start another novel.
* Get in shape. Really.
Goals should be realistic and attainable, and I think mine meet that criteria. However, chapter 10 is being very stubborn at the moment and slowing my progress on the first goal. I just need to keep plugging away.
My sister gave me this paperweight for Christmas. She was my biggest cheerleader during NaNoWriMo. I think this will be my mantra for 2009 because the first novel sure was difficult and became easier as I went along.
Did you make resolutions for 2009? Set any goals for yourself?
P.S. I also made my first sale of 2009 today -- a short feature article to Writing for Dollars. It didn't pay a lot but it'll pay for more than half of my local RWA chapter dues.