Saturday, December 24, 2005

How I did on my goals for 2005

Captain's Log, Stardate 12.24.2005

Well, I didn't make all of my goals from 2005, but I liked making them and having them up for me to see.

How well did I do?

Long-term goals:
I completed only two manuscripts by the end of December rather than the three I was aiming for. Two completed mss is more than the previous year, which was one ms. Next year, I want to up the ante and write three manuscripts.

I didn't come up with new Chick-Lit or Suspense series proposal ideas, although I'm working on the Chick-Lit now, it's just not finished yet. I did find two new critique partners.

Short-term goals:
I don't think I wrote even one short story this past year, and I was supposed to write one a month. I wanted to spend the time focusing on my novels instead. I think that's okay--short stories are nice, but I prefer the larger projects. I didn't have a goal for it, but I ended up writing several articles. Maybe I'll change this goal to articles instead.

I didn't critique much on Writing.com, unfortunately. I did more critiques for my dedicated critique partners and for my freelance editing business. However, I need to be better about critiquing on time, doing a little each day.

I did update my website each month for my contest, and added some new content. I have new content planned for next year, too. It depends on if I sell my suspense series proposal or not. I had planned on embryonic stem cell articles that would fit my BITTER DRAGON novel, but if I don't sell it, I'll switch to other articles pertinent to my next series proposal.

I wrote on my blog at least once a week--usually more like 2-3 times a week. I didn't write everyday as I wanted to, for accountability. I'll need to do better next year, but not spend too much time on it. It's fun and a little addictive.

Daily goals:
I didn't always get an hour of writing done every weekday, but I think I averaged about that much since I tended to write in spurts. I have kept Sunday as my day of rest.

Project goals:
I finished my manuscripts late. Suspense ms and series proposal done in April, novella in September.

Learning goals:
I did read one writing book a month and at least one writing article a week. It was much easier once I hit on the stupendous idea of putting my Writer's Digest and RWR issues in the bathrooms. I've also been sticking writing books there to read a chapter while I'm otherwise engaged.

Did anyone else make 2005 goals? How did all of you guys do?

4 comments :

  1. Oh man, I don't even want to think about the goals I SO didn't make this year.

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  2. Oh, let's not go there. But actually, didn't set any solid goals for the year. So maybe I will for this year. LOL! Merry Christmas!

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  3. No, I didn't reach my health or writing, spiritual or social goals.

    However, just by SETTING goals, I got back to writing (which I'd stopped for over a year and a half as my mother was horribly ill and dying.) I got two short stories, one poem, and 4 chapters of a large novel done. I joined organizations. I started blogging, which forces me to think on writing and to write non-fiction. :) And I reconnected with online writers with whom I'd grown distant during the worst time of my life.

    I also changed churches (leaving the one with the toxic pastor who messed up the congregation) and tried harder to be patient with siblings (success there).

    So, yeah, I need to improve. A lot. And while I'm awful at discipline, at keeping goals, I know that if I don't set ANY, I do worse.

    Here's a cheer for resolution making--because goals help us at least focus on what we need to change and any step forward is a good step.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR all you lovelies.

    Camy, you're one of my fave people on the planet. I adore you. May 2006 see you with a multi-book contract, sweetie. Hugs to Heather, Dineen, Robin, Marilynn and all the sweeties who come by here regularly.

    Mir

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  4. ahhh Thanks Mir!!

    Hey Camster!! Where's your Sunday prayer?? LOL I've grown to love it as well as fear it! :p

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