Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 Writing Goals

I didn't do nearly as much writing as I wanted to this year, but I learned a lot about the craft, networking, and critiquing. Learning how to tear apart someone else's story makes me a better writer in the end when I do the same for myself. Connecting with other writers has also helped encourage me and taught me so much. You guys are the greatest!

Goal #1: I want to get back to writing one short story a month and submitting it. I did this for a few years before my son was born, but I lost a lot of momentum when I had a newborn to care for. This will also mean I will have one new short story to present to my CPs and writers' group every month. My lessons in critiquing will continue.

Goal #2: Try to get one short story polished to such a degree that it is published in a SFWA approved publication. This is a very difficult thing to do. I want it, though. I want it so much. It will take work, work, and more work, and whole load of originality and great storytelling.

Goal #3: Revise and submit three of my paranormal romances: Witch's First Rule (mainstream adult paranormal romance), A Lion's Heart (erotic paranormal romance), and Sorrow Phage (urban fantasy with a romantic subplot). It's going to take a lot of time. Revising is one of my least favorite things to do. Yet marketing it properly when I submit a novel is something I like even less. I will take my lessons learn and apply them, and hopefully *knock on wood* I'll have a novel with a wonderful press next year.

Goal #4: Complete the A to Z Blogging Challenge in April. I'm very excited about this challenge. I think I might do a story that covers all 26 days. The tricky part will be making it apply to each letter. I also realized that April will be a hectic month for me. My son's and husband's birthdays, and we'll be visiting my family in Canada for a week. I'll have to make sure my blog posts are written beforehand.

Goal #5: Complete the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. It might be my only chance next year to write a new novel.

Whew. That sounds like a lot, but I have the whole year. I can do it... right?

What are your writing goals for 2012?


  1. Completing the A to Z Challenge! I knew that would be on someone's list. You should do a short story for each letter, like Damyantig did this year - and then she published them together as a book.
    One short story a month - you can do it. You can do all of those thing!!!

  2. Love the A to Z challenge. And by golly, it is a challenge!
    Sounds like you have a great plan in mind.
    Best Wishes to you and yours this New Year!

  3. You have some worthy goals, Christine. I wish you good luck with them!

  4. Yay for more short stories. I've missed reading them. :)

    Also yay for revising your novels, and if you need any help with them, send them to me to critique.

    And the A to Z Challenge is a lot of fun. I can't wait to do it again this year.

    Good luck with your goals in 2012.

  5. As expected worthy and exciting goals.

    I'm definitely in for NaNo in 2012. Also, going to check out the A to Z Blog thing. It might be over the top for me. We'll see.

    Happy New Year, again I think.

  6. Hey, I'm doing the A to Z challenge as well. It will be fun to see you over there. I will participate in NaNo again but I haven't won yet. Maybe this year? Good luck with your goals.

  7. those are inspiring goals! i like the short story challenge! maybe we could trade a few and come up with topics? let me know what you think =)

  8. Alex, thanks! I don't know if I could come up with a story for every letter, but I'm going to try to do one big overall story and link it to each letter. Both options have their own challenges.

    Huntress, I'm always up for a big challenge. Happy new year to you too!

    Lorelei, thank you!

    Cherie, you know you'll be getting all the short stories and novels. ;)

    Farawayeyes, I bet you could think of something clever for the A to Z Challenge. Happy New year!

    Tasha, I'm happy to meet another warrior in the challenge. 2012 will be a good year. I bet you can do NaNo!

    Tara, sure! I sometimes go off prompts for anthology ideas. I'll send those your way too.

    Prerna, thanks! :)

  9. Whoa. Reading your goals is already making me exhausted. I'm ready for a nap!

    You've got a lot of work ahead of you, and I'm sure you will meet every challenge. Happy New Year to you!

  10. Good job on your goals. Very specific and they will make you stretch. Good luck with them.

  11. You can do it! Best of luck with your goals, and I'm looking forward to doing the April Challenge with you. That was such fun last year and I can't wait to do it again.

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Christine!

    P.S. I totally love the picture at the top of this post. :D

  12. You definitely can do it! Great goals, and thanks for sharing the A to Z blogfest. Good luck this next year!

  13. You can do it! :)

    I don't like revising, either . . . but right now, it looks as though I'm going to be doing a lot of it this year as well.

    I hope you have a great 2012!

  14. Great goals, and I think you can do them all... plus I'll be here cheerleading you along:) Best of luck... Happy New Year.

  15. Jay, yeah, writing them down, I felt a little overwhelmed too.

    Donna, I like to push myself. NaNoWriMo this year showed me I still had it in me if I make myself do it!

    Julie, thank you! I can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge. The photo makes me giggle! :)

    Cortney, thanks! I'm excited and nervous about it.

    TGE, good luck with your revisions.

  16. Tania, thank you! We'll be each other's cheerleaders. :)

  17. great idea to set writing goals. I'm going to do the same! Tap, tap, tap, away! Cheers~

  18. Those are great goal. Go for it, Christine.

  19. I like the idea of the A-Z blogging challenge too, and I have a few possibilities of what to blog for it. Like you, I think they'll all have to be written beforehand to allow me to have a chance of keeping up!

    Good luck with your goals. After watching you win NaNoWriMo this year, even with your toddler to care for, I have no doubt you'll manage them all.

  20. C D, I hope I'll be able to do everything. Here's hoping that the little guy continues to be a good sleeper and he starts part-time preschool in September!


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