I’m back. Holiday officially over, blogging and other writing firmly back on my daily menu.
It’s traditional at this time of year to make resolutions and in the past, I would have been front and centre ready to resolve to be better, stronger, faster (read, thinner) and so on, with the best of them.
But I am older and wiser now.
I know a resolution is usually as insubstantial as the breath it is uttered with. And goals that are really dreams – that is, with no plan behind them – are about as useful as resolutions. A resolution by any other name will stink the same by January 5…
So I have waited until after the feast of the Epiphany (it seemed appropriate) to stake my claim on the goal-field of 2013, in the hope that time to consider will keep me sensible. This time next year, we’ll find out, I guess!
So, what do I want to achieve this year? Monday on this blog is about writing, so I’ll start with the writing goals:
This year I aim to:
Finish and sell my ‘girly thriller’ which has taken a long time to craft, but is so close to done I can taste it.
Write the second in the ‘girly thriller’ series (which will require it to go much faster than the first, but I hope I can do that!)
Have all of that done in time to clear the decks for NaNoWriMo. Having broken my NaNo reluctance last year, I’d like to have a stab at writing something completely new in that month. Don’t know yet what it will be. A new short romance? A novella?
I could add things to this list, but this is supposed to be about things I am actually able and going to do, not just would like to. I dearly love a list but I have learned the hard way that it’s best to take into account one’s capacity before signing off on a list…
Which brings me to another writing goal for this year: the care and improvement of this blog.
I started blogging in March last year with a plan and I’ve mostly stuck to it. But now I’d like to improve. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be overhauling my categories and tags, to make things easier to find and tweaking the blog schedule so I can include more of the things readers seem to like more often. I’ll talk about the other day improvements when I get to them, but here’s what I have in mind for Mondays:
I will be starting a new series called ‘So you want to be a writer?’ I don’t claim to be an expert, but, like most of us treading this path, I’ve learnt a lot as I’ve gone and I continue to learn. This column invites you to come on the journey with me and I’ll try to show you the ways I’ve found around the boulders, slippery shale and crevasses on the way.
I would also like to introduce a semi-regular feature of interviews with people I go to for research. I haven’t quite worked out what to call this or how often I’ll be able to manage it, but I know I’m fascinated by people who KNOW things and I figure other writers are too. (Friends with skills, if you’re reading this, be afraid, I WILL be coming for you!)
One feature that I didn’t manage as well as I wanted to last year was the First Friday Wordfest (mostly because I kept forgetting it was the first Friday). So this year I will be moving the Wordfest posts to Monday and doing them whenever I think of wonderful words that I want to share!
Finally, one of my most popular series of posts last year was the ‘what makes a man sexy?‘ set. So I might try a few more along those lines, in the context of characters.
And I think that’s enough to be going on with for now! I have plans for Wednesdays and Fridays too, but they can wait. With any luck you’ll come back to find out what they are! 😉
So, what about you? What are YOUR plans for this year? If you’re a writer, what are you going to do with your year? (NB: There are some great tips for focusing on Valerie Parv’s Monday mentoring blog today.) Tell me your plans. (Imagine seductive, impossible-to-resist voice. Go on! You’re a writer after all! 😉 )