I no longer make New Year resolutions because I rarely kept them.
Instead, I decide on goals for the coming year and create a simple plan to achieve them. I don’t always reach my goals, but I do make real progress and have more success with goals than I ever had with resolutions.
I’ll spare you the sharing of my personal goals. But I will fling out my writing goals. We can check back next December to see how well I did. Here goes.
2013 Craft goal: Improve my self-editing skills.
My plan to achieve this goal is threefold: take an editing workshop, spend time each week with the Chicago Manual of Style, and read (or listen to) one book each month on writing and editing. I will conscientiously apply what I learn to my work.
2013 Business Goal: Raise my daily word count production to 2000 words.
My plan to achieve this goal is something I call the Ten Percent Solution (a hybrid of Tom Connellan’s 1% Solution and NaNoWriMo). I will begin each month by writing as much as I comfortably can that day and then add 10 percent to that count the next day. I will continue to add 10 percent to each previous day’s count until I am writing 2000 words a day. I will record my progress daily and I will report my total monthly word count at my chapter meetings.
So there are my 2013 writing goals. What goals do you have for the New Year?
Good luck with your goals! 2000 words a day is a good one. I wish I could set a number for myself, but I know from experience that those kinds of things just don’t work for me. However, I do plan on writing more…hopefully much more this year. Here’s to hoping we both follow through with that. 🙂
I was very impressed with the idea of one word resolutions you explained on your website today. I am still thinking on it. Thanks for stopping by, Jean.
These are great goals. I love the Chicago Manual of Style idea especially; I need to order one ASAP. Good luck with theses, and happy 2013!