Since this is my last post of 2015, I thought I’d take a few minutes to reflect on the last year and where I’d like to go in 2016. I’ve had a few triumphs in 2015 — finishing first drafts of two novels, querying one of those novels after several rounds of revisions — and a few setbacks — rejections from agents, getting stuck doing a major revision of the book I queried based on later feedback. But I’m going to do my best to make the things I can control in 2016 good, and to learn from the setbacks when they come. With that in mind, I’ve set four major writing goals for 2016:
1. Let myself take a break once in a while without feeling guilty. At the start of 2013 I resolved to write every day — and I’ve written something every day (even if it’s just a paragraph or a list of ideas for a story) since then. Most days this works really well for me, but sometimes I’m at a point where the writing just isn’t coming. I’ll force myself to write some garbage I know I’ll never use, and wind up frustrated with the whole process. So this year, I’m going to try to be less rigid, and allow myself that valuable thinking/marinating time without beating myself up over it.
2. Write the stories I want to write, even if they scare me. Especially if they scare me.
3. Figure out and complete the major revisions on the novel I queried. I didn’t query too many agents before deciding to revise it further, but even if it doesn’t get me an agent, I think seeing these revisions through to the end will help me grow a lot as a writer.
4. Query at least one project in 2016.
I’d also really like to sign with an agent in 2016, but that’s a goal over which I have less control. I’ll write and revise to the best of my abilities, do my research, query widely within my genre and category, and hope for the best.
Do you have any goals for 2016, writing-related or otherwise?