Sunday, December 31, 2006

One Last Thing...

I'd had big plans for today. (I'm starting to think all my posts start out this way...) I was going to read my book, watch a movie, maybe take a nap. Admittedly all of this was very optimistic since I still had house guests this morning (not to mention my two boys), and then my husband determined that our donations to charity had to be made today, to make sure they went on this year's tax return. So we rummaged and selected and bagged and loaded up. Now he's dropping off the lot of it, and I have settled down to write my list of resolutions for 2007, which I never, ever do.

2007 New Year's Resolutions
1. Write six days a week. And on the seventh day, strive to keep my WIP fresh in my mind.

2. Resolve all those open questions surrounding my manuscript...should I add more conflict, more sex, should I beef up this section or that one...and then just write.

3. Finish it, revisions and all.

4. Pitch to an agent in person.

5. Query 10-15 agents via email or snail mail.

6. Refuse to get discouraged if I only get rejections.

7. Make the decision whether to pursue additional agents and traditional publishing or try going it alone again (via self-publishing).

8. Read for pleasure--even a little bit--every day.

9. Tell myself everyday that my WIP is shaping up, getting better, and will eventually become a published book.

10. Start on my next book.

11. Blog five days a week on topics that will lure some more regulars.

And, taking a bit of advice from Jenny Crusie, I'm listing a few indulgences for 2007 too...

2007 New Year's Indulgences
1. Take (note that's not 'make') a little bit of time to write everyday. If I don't take it, it's lost to other things.

2. Read everyday...articles, novels, craft books, anything good.

3. Redesign and revamp my website and my blog--totally new look. More polished, more professional, more personality.

4. Organize my office...which basically means buy all those cute and useful little office products to cheer me up and make me more efficient. Then use them.

5. Reward myself for each 2007 Resolution accomplished. This probably means in books, but a luxurious vacation would be nice too.

How about you??

Happy New Year!!!


Beck said...

Great resolutions! My goal is to actually start writing this year, so you're so inspiring for me!

Sara Hantz said...

Some fab resolutions there..... I've got my list.... I'm on day 2 and everything's going to plan...

Stacy said...

Happy New Year! Good luck with your writing. I love the idea of New Years indulgences :)

Buffy said...

I think i need to revamp my own list.

Happy New Year you!

Trish Ryan said...

How fun...I want to set an office organization goal which will require me to buy all the cute stuff at Staples, then reward myself with a trip to the bookstore! You inspire me!!!

Happy New Year!!

Christine said...

Happy New Year! Writing your goals out works wonders. I would love to redesign my blog and get a website. I'm going to have to beg a few friends and see what I can swing :). I also love your distinction between take and make time for writing. It's so true!

Julie S said...

Wow, you've got a busy year ahead! I think I'll add "read for pleasure every day" to my list, too. I am so miserable when I get behind on my reading!

Happy New Year!

Angela/SciFiChick said...

I don't do New Year's resolutions, but I am hoping to make good use of my new stationary bike.. and get in better shape!

Sarakastic said...

I love the idea of being rewarded, I totally deserve & from the look of things so do you!

LLA said...

I love your list of resolutions and goals! And I wish you the best of luck with them all....