I had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and I’m looking forward to a low-key New Year’s, but mostly I’m looking forward to getting back to normalcy. I’ve had a long break from my regular routine and it’s reassuring to me that I long to get back in the groove. It let’s me know that I really love what I do, whether it’s writing, or taking care of my kids.

And so with 2010 upon us I have already set my specific resolutions. I have four of them. Three are fairly simple and really only take reminding that I set the goal in the first place. So I wrote the resolutions down and they are stuck on my refrigerator where I will have to look at them every day.

My one lofty goal is of course my writing goal, but I feel confident that I can reach it. I’m going to spell it out loud and clear here on this blog so I can bare fully the shame if I do not reach my goal.

I will finish my book and begin querying agents.

There. I said it. It’s floating in cyberspace. Now to be specific. I am already revising my novel and there’s still a lot of work to do, but I’ve broken it down into chewable pieces.

1. January 30: Send book to four beta-readers
2. February: Give it a rest while my readers are tearing it apart. (Distance gives perspective.)
3. March and April: Sweep up the shards and piece it back together.
4. May: Give it another rest. Meanwhile I will do agent research. I’ve already compiled a long list of agents I could possibly query based on what they’re seeking. I will do more meticulous research on them to know if they’re really someone who will be a good fit for me and also so I can submit according to their guidelines. (I hate making stupid mistakes and I so easily
make them!)
5. June: I will be attending the BYU writer’s workshop in Provo, UT where my novel will yet again be scrutinized and held under a microscope by peers and professionals.
6. July 30: I will have queried five agents.
7. August and beyond: I will cross my fingers and work the upper-limits of my patience.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Are we having fun yet?


Comments are closed.

Sign up for Liesl's Newsletter

To get the quarterly updates on events, book releases, and reading/writing inspiration, just enter your email address below.
Name
Email address
Secure and Spam free...
%d bloggers like this: