I read an excellent thread on twitter here by literary agent Naomi Davis, about setting goals, but in a way that doesn’t set you up for failure.
I’m keeping it in mind as I list some goals for 2018.
- Continue querying my first manuscript. Whether I get an agent this year or not, I’m just going to keep trying. I’ve sent out 5 queries so far in 2018, after taking a break during the holidays. I am happy with my progress.
- Keep writing my new manuscript. I am on my way to finishing the first draft soon. Then it’s all about editing and critiques and editing more and revising, etc.
- Stay involved in the middle grade writing and reading community on twitter. I am so glad to participate in #MGBookVillage, a place for us to gush over middle grade books on twitter.
- Support fellow writers. I think I already do this well, since I am part of a critique group on Inked Voices and routinely give constructive critiques. I also will be celebrating along with friends who have books coming out this year!
- Enter contests, at least one short story or flash fiction contest. This is a way to push myself out of my boundaries.
- Keep reading. This won’t be too hard, since I love to read, and have an unending list of books I want to get to.
- Be healthier. This will be the hardest one for me, I think. I had been going to the YMCA several times per week to exercise, but the holidays and snow days (in the unprepared south) have made it hard to get back into my routine. But I will. I have a friend who goes too, who keeps me motivated. Reading and writing involve a lot of sitting down, so I have to make sure I’m not mindlessly snacking too.
Do you have any goals for the year?