Okay. This is accountability time. I need to make a list of goals for myself that may be easily referenced, both by me and others who can give me the “polite” reminders I need, so I can’t avoid them. Let’s face it. It’s easy to become neglectful of your goals when you’re the only one who knows about them. I also refuse to call these New Year's resolutions, because that label seems to be the kiss of death (cliche phrase, sorry) for most people.
Goal #1: To finish writing the short story I am currently working on by this time next month and to self-publish it online. I am considering this option because I’ve heard about successes from friends, and it can take forever to be accepted for publication the old fashioned way. I am also planning to go this route because I want to see how it works before I even consider doing this with the novels I’ve written. Those longer works are much more important to me due to the years I’ve put into them, and I want to have a good idea of my options.
Goal #2: To write a new blog post as often as possible (minimum of 5 posts per week), no matter how many other demands I have in my life. This has to be an important part of my writing goal, because by doing this I can prove to myself that I have the discipline it takes to be a good writer. It may also help me with networking, which may prove critical in marketing the fiction I write.
Goal #3: To complete revisions of the novel I’ve been working on and submit it for publication by the end of this year. The method I use remains to be determined, but one way or the other, it has to get done.
I reserve the right to add more goals to this list at any time, but I personally revoke my right to eliminate any of them. I cannot let myself chicken out (cliché, I know) on this one.