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?

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