Setting Goals, Because A Writer Writes

Square Winner 2014I read a blog post today about looking back at 2014 and seeing how many goals from your goal list you actually accomplished.  Oops, there’s another thing I forgot to do this year.  But I can still make a list for next year; and I really am going to do it this time.  Seriously.  I am.

Even though I didn’t have a tangible list this year, one goal I had was to compete and win the National Novel Writing Month challenge.  I’m proud to say I can cross that one off my list.  And, unlike the last time I finished, this book really is good.  I know it’s a “shitty first draft”, but the bones of the story are there amidst the typos and grammatical errors.  I had four first readers who all were surprised at the ending.  I call that success.

And my freelance writing is picking up nicely.  I took the plunge and purchased the 2015 Writer’s Market last month.  I cannot believe I haven’t bought this sooner!  What an awesome resource.  I will definitely be pursuing more work in 2015.

It’s been a crazy year for our family.  We closed a family business last November and moved to a rental in a strange city until we found jobs and a new house.  Now last month we moved again to another new city.  Yes, we moved our entire household (including a 120 year old piano) two times in one year.  Crazy?  Probably.  But through it all, no matter how out of control everything else around me felt, I wrote.  Maybe not a lot, maybe not anything that anyone else saw, but I wrote.

So as I look into my magical crystal ball for 2015, I am reminded of the famous quote from Billy Crystal’s character, Larry, in the movie Throw Momma from the Train, “Remember, a writer writes, always.”  It may not be for money, maybe not even for public consumption, but next year I will write.  And that shitty first draft I just finished?  Well, publication is definitely going on my goal list.



One response to this post.

  1. Congratulations on your NaNoWriMo win and best of luck as you pursue publication!


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