Well folks, it’s that time of year where we try to sit down and decide what goals we want to achieve in the next 12 months. The most common resolutions: eat healthier, go to the gym more and save money. Although these goals are usually on my list of New Year Resolutions, I’m really looking to make 2015 a super productive year of writing.
You see, since my deployment in 2011, I’ve spent a lot of time attempting to overcome some of the emotional and psychological scarring that has kept me from being a productive writer. As I’ve said in previous posts, PTSD is a bitch. The good news is that 2014 has been a very cathartic year for me, allowing me to pour energy into my passion for the first time in six years. I was able to complete the rough draft of my first book; won NaNoWriMo, which gave me 50k toward my second book; started this blog and joined a fantastic writers’ critique group.
So here’s my list of 2015 resolutions:
Feel free to hold me accountable.
I’m breaking them up by writing project. First up, my book series . . .
- Finish rough draft for second book. (While writing said book during NaNo, I realized it’s actually the first book in the series, so this project is moving to the top of my to-do list.)
- Edit and polish said MS and prepare for query. (My goal is to have a polished – or at least as polished as I can get it – by the end of May to start focusing on querying this summer and fall.
- While I wade through the painful query process, edit and polish my other MS (now book 2 in the series).
- For NaNoWriMo 2015, write 50k toward the third book in the series [of five].
Second, this blog and other online forums . . .
- Publish a post a week. I know I’m bound to miss a week here and there, but I’m really aiming to make this a weekly habit.
- Actually make social media a priority. I’m seriously awful when it comes to Twitter. I’ll have weeks where I do a good job, but more often than not, I don’t even open the app on my phone. Sigh The joy of being a 21st Century Novelist.
Lastly, READ MORE! Seriously, for being a novelist, I’m awful at reading them. I think in 2014, I read a total of six books: three in my genre (YA Fantasy), two industry non-fiction books, and one biography. I have so many books on my to-read list and it just keeps getting longer.
So anyhoo, that is my laundry list of writing resolutions for 2015. Now I’m off to the gym. 😉