I am prone to setting myself absolutely impossible goals. My logic is simple but completely stupid - Nanowrimo works for me, ergo I can handle large and impossible goals. What I fail to realise is that Nano may be a large goal, but on a daily level, it is attainable (1,667 words a day). And during Nano, I somewhat suspend normal service. Friends see me less often, the blog isn't updated as much, I write during lunch hours instead of running errands. I can't sustain this year-round.
In spite of this, with a delicious empty year stretching before me, it's tempting to write a list of goals taller than I am (not as difficult as it sounds, I'm about 5'3). But I have to be mindful of reality.
I work full-time in a job that alternates between being very stressful and not at all stressful, so I can't guarantee a regular amount of spare mental time. Some days I want to go home from work and switch my brain off - other days I go home from work raring to get cracking on my novel. But I can't promise I'll write every day.
I also occasionally enjoy eating food, reading books, showering and sleeping. And I've had a few health problems lately. Burning the midnight oil is clearly not for this migraine-ridden hypochondriac. . .
This year, I am trying to be realistic for a change. So here goes:
Goals for 2012
- Finish Curse of the Carberrys (currently about 55k, maybe two-thirds of the way through the plot)
- Edit Curse of the Carberrys (this includes getting feedback from beta writers, crying over the harsh comments, consuming Ben & Jerry's to console self after harsh comments, resolving to never write again and resolving to write the best book ever to 'show' my enemies in unspecified fashion)
- Finish the third draft/final edit of Crooked Paths (2010's Nanowrimo project, better known to blog readers as 'Becky')
- Query agents with a manuscript I'm happy with
- ML for Nanowrimo again
- Win Nanowrimo again
- Start research on a non-fiction project
- Try my hand at writing a short story
- Write articles (aim for one per month) and submit to publications
- Update this blog twice a week and stay active on Blogger and Twitter