Alrighty then. Despite my grumpy/contrarian post yesterday (I’m
feeling much better today, thanks), it’s my nature to end the year with a
review, and start the new one with a fresh list of goals. This review
certainly shouldn’t make anyone feel “less than”, due to the sheer
number of things I didn’t hit the mark on last year. We’ll talk
about goal/achievement comparison and why it’s unhealthy tomorrow, K?
my list of resolutions from last year. I’ll just go down the list and
strike through those that were completed, and give a quick commentary on
the ones that weren’t. Ready? Here we go:
This past year I decided to write in shorter snippets on my breaks at
work, and then a longer session right after work, which is better
because that’s my optimal “awake/alert” time.
fail…because I still haven’t mastered the art of tailoring my stories
to specific lengths, and I also have focus issues. Another one to be
revisited, though perhaps not in this exact form.
above – I have plotting issues (namely, I’m a pantser, though I know I
can still learn better structuring techniques to make stories fit).
out of 16 resolutions for last year, I completed 9…which is actually
better than I thought I did. Go me! Normally my goal lists (daily,
weekly or yearly) end up about half or less complete, so that’s not bad.
note that many of the resolutions I missed the mark on were writing
goals…and a lot of that is because I’m just not experienced enough as a
writer to tailor stories for specific lengths yet. And honestly, in
this day and age there’s no real reason I have to be, since a story can
be whatever length it needs to be and doesn’t have to conform to any
specific word count (though longer stories do sell better, and I think
it would be good, creatively speaking to have that kind of control over
also side-tracked myself in a couple different ways last year – one was
taking on an impromptu project that ended up being far more
time-intensive than I thought it would, and the other was going back to
the serial drafts, rather than forcing myself to learn a new, possibly
more efficient way of writing (or learning how to split the difference,
that whole bookkeeping fiasco I just can’t seem to get a handle on. But I
need to, and I will. Somehow, someway. It simply has to happen.
though, it was a good, productive year – I published 12 new titles of
varying lengths under my three names, and released several audiobooks as
well (with two more in production). I also picked up my crochet hobby
again, learned how to knit, and rediscovered the joy of getting away
from the screen in the evenings/on weekends and doing something with my
hands. Yes, sales were down this year, and that might have been because I
was less visible online, but it could have been a zillion other things
as well. No way to know, and no sense worrying about it now.
the 2014 list, a discussion on comparisons, and some links that I think
you’ll find interesting and/or helpful as you go about setting up your
own goals for the new year.
In the meantime, feel free to share how your 2013 went…I’d love to hear about it!
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