Writing Song of the Day: “The New Year” by Death Cab for Cutie
Okay, we get it…we’re about 5 days late in making New Years Resolutions, but we figure better late than never, right?
This time last year, we created 2011 Writing Resolutions (check those out here). This year, we decided to see if we met those goals while including ones for this year. Make sense? Yeah, not really, but we’ll take a stab at it anyway.
Pam’s Writing Resolutions:
1. Last Year: Revise the ending of Wants.
This Year: Done and done. Well, for now anyhow. Unless an awesome editor believes it needs more work. 😉
2. Last Year: Complete my 2nd YA manuscript and send to beta readers in the Spring.
This Year: Well, I did complete Project J, but it was a little later than usual. Either way, my lovely beta readers helped me get it all nice and pretty to send to my agent. Woo hoo!
3. Last Year: Revise my supernatural YA WIP (my 2010 NaNo project).
This Year: Yeah…that didn’t happen. HOWEVER, I did recently read it and it has way more potential than I initially thought. Since I won the Scrivener program, I think I may play around with this story a little this year and see if I can make it shine.
4. Last Year: Outline my 3rd contemporary YA novel.
This Year: Umm, I KILLED this goal. Not only did I write the first draft of another contemporary novel for NaNo 2011, but I also just started outlining my 4th idea. Boo yeah! This year, I’d like to revise the NaNo novel, and finish the 1st draft of the 4th idea. 🙂
5. Last Year: Write at least 500 words a day.
This Year: Yeah…that didn’t happen. However, this year, I’d like to write at least 3 times a week…even if I’m just jotting down ideas or creating character worksheets. I usually kick writing-butt during my summer vacay, too.
6. Last Year: Read at least 2 YA novels a month.
This Year: Okay, that didn’t happen either. This year, I’d like to read all of the books I put on my 2012 Debut Author Challenge list, and a handful of sequels that I’m anticipating (I’m looking at you, Insurgent).
7. Last Year: Read 6 adult fiction novels.
This Year: Nah, I think I failed this one, too. This year, I’d like to read at least 3.
8. Last Year: Get a book deal.
This Year: Well, no announcements yet, but I have a great agent and some awesome beta readers in my corner. I’m WAY more optimistic this year compared to last year, so we’ll see. 🙂
Quita’s Writing Resolutions:
1. Last Year: Complete my 1st contemporary YA WIP by February.
This Year: Boo yeah! I annihilated that one. I completed the novel around the spring of 2011–close enough to February, right?? This year I plan to finish the first draft of my new historical.
2. Last Year: Nab an agent with my historical YA, In Limbo.
This Year: Right before the year ended, I did just that!! And now we’re gonna work on the book proposal and see if we can get me one of them book deals!
3. Last Year: Revise my supernatural YA novel by April.
This Year: Nope–no such luck. BUT I do plan to revise this (it was my NaNo 2010 novel) by the end of spring this year. After reading through it, it’s not that bad actually.
4. Last Year: Complete me and Pam’s YA idea inspired by Inception.
This Year: Nope. That didn’t happen either. Neither one of us has had the time. BUT I hope we can revisit it at some point this year.
5. Last Year: Read more historical YA.
This Year: Hmmm, I think I read a total of three historical YA novels. Yeah, I need to work on that. Maybe I’ll give myself an actual goal this year…I will try and read at least 5 historical YAs before the end of 2012.
6. Last Year: Read more adult fiction.
This Year: Didn’t do this one, either. I will try and get more in this year, though–definitely. At least 2 or 3.
7. Last Year: Plot a new WIP by early June so that I can finish a draft over the summer.
This Year: This didn’t happen either. I was too busy revising my other novels in order to complete # 2 🙂 But I’m already outlining a new historical and I plan to revise my contemp NaNo from 2011.
8. Last Year: Write SOMETHING each day.
This Year: Yeah, right. With a full time job and two part time jobs–not gonna happen. But like Pam said, writing something at least 3 times a week will work. Even if it’s a quick short story or a scene for a new idea.
9. Last Year: A book deal.
This Year: Uh, no–but see # 2!
Whew, that was a lot! Have you all set any writing goals for this year yet?