feeling that anything is possible. I know it’s just a mental construct,
but the part of my brain that craves organization loves the symbolic end
of one year and beginning of another.
of explanation below each section. Yes, I make resolutions – goals, if
you prefer, but whatever you call them, I like to have a sort of outline
to start each year with. So many people make unreasonable resolutions
and then feel like a failure for not reaching them, which is sad. My
rules for making resolutions is that each resolution *must* be
completely within my control (ie, a true “goal” rather than a “dream”),
and that I must have some sort of reasonable plan/infrastructure in
place that will facilitate my reaching them.
only if I have a plan in place to make that goal reachable. In my case,
that means a place and a time scheduled and set up for daily writing 5
days per week (one that is unlikely to be affected by things that go
wrong during the normal day or flow of things, but still within a time
that your brain will actually function – in my case, that means very
late at night). Just “write 1k words per day” without the supporting
plan wouldn’t be a reasonable or attainable goal for me – it’s too easy
to let it slide that way.
set workout time, place and workout plans built into my schedule, plus a
supporting nutritional/eating plan as well.
for *how* to reach your goals, or if your goal is not completely under
your control (ie, sell x amount of books per month – I don’t care how
much promo you do, you can’t control buyers/readers), odds are against
you and you *will* fail. The key to making resolutions is to make goals
that are within your control, and then *plan* to succeed. Otherwise,
there’s little point to the exercise.
had a couple issues with them over the past year. One of which is that
some of the central plot points from a few of my serial drafts have
shown up elsewhere throughout the year last year, and while it seems
egotistical/paranoid to think that someone might be reading my serials
just to turn around and use my ideas elsewhere, it’s hard not to draw
that conclusion when it keeps happening. If I’m not posting draft work,
it will be much easier to assume that when my ideas show up elsewhere,
it’s just a coincidence instead.
second issue is that while the serial schedule originally provided hard
deadlines to keep me moving forward daily, now it’s constricting me in
the sense that if I feel like I need to move forward more quickly on one
draft than another, I can’t – because my writing time is limited and
with a hard serial deadline, the scene that’s “due” is the one that
*must* be done. I feel like I have enough discipline/motivation to keep
writing daily now, and the freedom to choose which draft to work on
based on where I am with which story at any given time will help me to
manage my writing time (and publishing schedule) more efficiently, I
so very, very necessary to get done, and get done right. And there’s no
other way to get cover art, site updates and other minimal promo things
done except to multi-task in the evenings…I just don’t have any other
time to give it. So I really need to focus better on this area in 2013.
more anthologies resolution comes from two things: new policies Amazon
has instituted that may eventually require me to produce hard proof that
I have rights to the stories I publish – which I can provide, but since
I don’t have a traditional contract, it would be difficult and time
consuming. On the flip side, it would be time consuming (and expensive,
as I’d need a lawyer to look it over) to come up with an actual
traditional contract for authors to sign as well, in order to protect
myself. The other reason is that it’s time consuming and expensive to
produce books that don’t make the money back that I put into them. I
think my time and money are better spent on books that should eventually
produce enough income to pay for themselves, and I just don’t think
there’s a big market for anthologies at the moment. Maybe later if those
I’ve already done start selling, I’ll rethink that decision. For now,
no more anthologies.
balance with personal stuff, and my overreaching goal this year is
really more about maintenance than new things. I need to focus on the
writing and business, so personal goals need to be maintained alongside
those, so I stay healthy and keep things running smoothly at home. It
shouldn’t be too difficult until summer hits…but here’s hoping I can
keep up even through the summer/fall months.
and get started! I have a tentative schedule laid out and infrastructure
in place to make them as easy and achievable as possible, so I’m
optimistic about these.
Do you want to make yearly goals, but struggle to make them work?
Never fear. I have three more posts this week all dealing with how I set
myself up for success at the beginning of the year, and perhaps some of
my methods will work for you too. It does take a little effort to set
up, but you won’t regret it. Or I never have, anyway.
forward with these, and how I came up with it. I hope you’ll join me!
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