One of my writing mentors, Christina Katz suggests cataloging your accomplishments before setting goals for the new year. Give this a try before setting your New Year’s Resolutions.
Here are my writing-related accomplishments during 2010:
- I published 10 articles in local and regional publications
- I have 12 articles already written that can be circulated as reprints and published elsewhere
- I took two classes: Writing & Publihing the Short Stuff and the Dream Team
- I completed edits for a personal essay, Finding My Way, that will be published in the anthology, Bless Your Heart, due out in Fall 2011
- I wrote ~70,000 words of my memoir, and polished about 10,000 more
- I blogged at least 3 times a month right here on my own blog all year long and converted my old blog to WordPress (highly recommend it)
- I joined my county writers and publishers group, Whatcom Writers and Publishers, and attended two meetings
- I joined a critique group and connected with at least 4 other writers in my town. Some of them are in my blog roll to the right.
- I opened a separate bank account to hold earnings from writing
- I started telling people that I’m a writer when they ask what I do
- I narrowed down the kind of writing I’d like to do in the future to two niches: assisted reproduction and environmental conservation & toxicology
I’m sure there are a couple that I missed but that feels like a lot of success for one year.
Looking ahead, I came up with these goals for 2011. Please let me know if you would like to help me acheive any of these aspirations.
- Publish more than ten articles this year, hopefully at least one will be in a national publication
- Finish the draft of my memoir and revise it until I am satisfied, and then submit my proposal to at least 10 more agents
- Earn some money writing this year
- Increase my blog readership, and explore blogging strategies, such as guest blogging
- Consider taking a personal essay class and/or a class on platform development
- Start publishing small stuff in my newer niche: environmental conservation & toxicology
- Attend two conferences this year, Pacific Northwest Writers Association meeting and Chuckanut Writer’s Conference
- Meet and get to know the owners of my local book store, Chuck and Dee Robinson at Village Books
- Publish a personal essay or short story in an anthology—I’ll check out Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cup of Comfort through Adams Media, and Seal Press
I hope that your year has been as productive and rewarding as mine and that you will achieve any goal you attack in 2011.