I thought a lot about writing a 2012 resolutions post, and ended up deciding against it.
What was I going to say? That I wish to get an agent and be published? I’m a writer. That’s a given. Besides, it doesn’t depend only of me. Unfortunately, I can try my best, but if luck isn’t by my side, I won’t go nowhere.
Like Jani, I’ll focus on the word WANT. Also, I’ll cite personal goals along with writing goals.
I want to:
- Read as many books as last year (60). I wish I could read 60 books per month since there are so many amazing books out there, but that’s impossible. Browsing the web, I saw a challenge to read 100 books in 2012. I wish I could participate on that, but, if I try, I’ll be using my writing time and writing time is precious to me.
- Be more active on my critique circle. I love my girls and want them to know I’m here for them no matter what ;)
- Be more active on my blog. You know, I struggle with what to post. I could write about writing, but I don’t feel confident enough to give advice to others about writing. So, what to blog about? Good question. I’ll have to think about that.
- Be more active on friends’ blog. Read, comment and support more.
- Write more. Last year, I wrote 2 novels and 2 novellas. I started a bunch (some had up to 40k words before I gave up). Total, I wrote roughly 300k words during 2011. But you see, I write full time (or almost full time since my daughter spends the mornings with me), so I could write more novels. I should write more novels.
- Organize my thoughts and create a plan of action with my writing. I mean, I have too many ideas and, until I start something, I keep changing my mind on what to work on. So I need to lay out what to write, when and in which order. And stick to it!
- Learn to love revising and editing. I do revise and edit. A lot. I also have CPs and I’m not ashamed to confess I hired a freelancer editor once to help me figure out how my writing was (btw, I loved working with an editor! I plan to it again). But I don’t like editing. I get frustrated and tend to almost throw my manuscript away lol So I need to be more calm and patient about revising and editing, and just do it!
- Get at least 2 novels completely ready for submission by July. And submit them.
- Be less active on twitter. LOL. No, seriously. I love twitter and it’s a problem. I guess many writers went through this. I have to shut it down and just write ;)
- Exercise more. In 2010, I ruptured two ligaments on my foot, and last year I had another foot/knee problem. So I just started exercising again and I hope I can keep it up this year. Right now, I have pilates classes twice a week. But I plan to go for three classes each week around March.
- Lose 5 pounds and keep them away! (Hey, I said the list would be personal too.)
- Go back to US. Yeah, I said it. Actually, my family and I should have gone back to US last year. As we were told, my husband’s transfer should happen before May (I doubt it, but hey, we have to keep hope!).
For now, that’s what I came up with.
I’ll do my best to accomplish all my WANTS ;)
And you? Any resolutions, goals or wishes for 2012?
This week, I have the honor of revealing the cover of another book by Jus Accardo, also part of the Denazen series, UNTOUCHED.
Doesn’t Kale look just WOW on this cover?
UNTOUCHED is actually set in between TOUCH and TOXIC.
The expected publication date is 21st February.
Add it to your to-be-read list on Goodreads!
Here we are, for one more round of ROW80.
Let’s see how I’m doing, shall we?
My goals for round 01 of 2012:
- Participate of the EditPalooza workshop offered by Savvy Authors from Jan/2 to Feb/4. (I’ve been warned this is super hard work and consumes many hours of the day. Let’s see if I can keep up!)
- Write a novelette (10-15,000 words), revise it and sub it (due Feb 1st).
- Write a novella (20-40,000 words), revise it and sub it (due April 1st).
- Write a novel (or get as far as I can with it). Actually I’m thinking about re-writing some of my old novels, the ones I wrote when I just started down this path. The stories are good, but the writing isn’t lol I keep saying I need to re-write them, so this might be the time to choose one and get it over with.
- Read 2 book every 3 weeks.
- Social network: tweet, comment on blogs, and blog at least once a week (not counting #ROW80 checkins).
Not necessarily in this order.
Finally read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins—just the first one for now. Loved it!
I’m reading Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell—this one is the book used on the workshop I’m taking, so I’ll read it slowly, as the chapters are being asked by the editor on the workshop.
I just began Divergent by Veronica Roth. This book won several awards last year. I’m curious!
It’s going well. The really hard work didn’t start yet. For now, we had to re-read our manuscripts as a reader, then answer some questions about it. Now we’re working on our main characters.
Not much on this front since I’m taking the EditPalooza course.
But I’ve been brainstorming solutions and conflicts for old manuscripts that I want to re-write after the course and I’m taking note of everything.
How are my fellow writers?
Hope the first week has treat you well!
PS: I’ll be stopping by my fellow ROWers’ blog tonight!
Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
This week’s topic:
At this moment, I’m on my chair and desk, with my laptop hooked up on a larger screen (because I like BIG screens lol), on a corner of the living room. I tried distancing myself and having my own office room, but this way I can still be with my daughter when she is watching a movie and with my hubby when he is playing video-games.
Not an ideal place to write, but it’s working so far.
First, my dream place to visit would not be my dream writing retreat.
This is my dream place to visit:
A little hard to sit down on the sand and write under the hot sun the Egyptian desert, don’t you think?
Alright, then I would choose this place as my writing retreat:
The perfect Paradise.
I confess I’m not a sand-and-beach kinda of gal, though I love the ocean. Instead of laying in the sand and sun-bathing, I’m the girl who never gets out of the water ;)
There are many resorts over the crystal-like ocean in Maldives.
And I could write on isolated places like this one:
I would bring my laptop and my notebooks and pencils (sometimes I just need to brainstorm on paper), chocolate and wine, and maybe some seafood at times (love seafood!), and I would invite my family to come with me on one condition: if I was allowed to have a few hours each day for myself, alone, to write ;)
I bet these resorts cost a fortune though, so I’m better off on my little corner lol
Your turn. Tell me about your perfect writing retreat? Or dream vacation?
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