Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wednesday's Writing Update: 2012 Writing Goals
My review of Becky Mushko's Stuck, a Middle Grade Paranormal novel, can be found on Surrounded by Books Reviews.
Well, as 2011 draws to a close, it's time to look back on old goals and look forward to a new year.
As for 2011, I'm a bit disappointed. I didn't get quite as much done as I planned. These things happen, but I feel like 2012 will be better.
For 2012, I want to read more books on the craft of writing. I have to admit I haven't finished reading through one yet. I read a lot on your blogs and learn by trial and error, but it's time to read more on the craft of writing. I'd like to get one book read every two months next year. I want to read more in general as well and more in the genres I write.
I made up a writing/editing plan for 2012. It's subject to change, but I spaced things out a bit better than I originally planned.
In 2012, I want to write two new novels: The Cassandra Project: Mindful Truths (a YA Paranormal Thriller) and Paranormal Junkies (a YA Horror). I want to write a novelette: Fighting Gravity (Space Fantasy Romance). I want to write some short story collections: The Foxwick Chronicles (Fantasy Short Stories - Women of Foxwick, Men of Foxwick, Neighbors of Foxwick, and A to Z Flashes of Foxwick). I also have two novellas in mind: Confessions of a Telekinetic (Paranormal Thriller) and Nightmare Ever After (Paranormal Horror/Thriller, sequel to Once Upon a December Nightmare). Of course, I'll have flash fiction every Friday and in April for twenty-six days in the A to Z Blogging Challenge.
In editing, I want to edit the short story collections, novellas, and novelette. I also plan to finally finish edits on four of my novels: Starred, The Phoenix Prophetess, Missing, and The Last Prophetess. I do have good news about The Last Prophetess. I figured out how the rest will go. It'll be in three parts like The Phoenix Prophetess. The bad news, I only wrote Part I and a couple chapters in Part II so far, so I'll be editing and writing the rest in late 2012.
If all goes as planned--when does that ever happen--then by the end of 2012, I'll have four edited novels and seven written novels since I started writing in January 2009. Of course, all of these plans are subject to change due to real life and if certain novels get picked up. *shrugs* One can hope.
Next year, I want to try my hand at self-publishing, create my own business for publishing my own work and my editorial services, and query agents and publishers for my novels.
It sounds like a lot. It's probably more than I can handle, but I like a good challenge. Plus, there is something about new years that seem magical. Like anything can happen and be possible.
So what are your writing goals or general goals for this new year?