2018 Goals, 2019 Goals

I make yearly goals every year around New Year’s, and for the last few years I’ve also set a word or mantra for the year. One of the main categories for my goals is “Creative,” which unsurprisingly is dominated by writing goals. My writing goals for 2018 were:

  • Edit No More Hiding (my zombie WWII alternate history novel).
  • Circulate No More Hiding to agents.
  • Edit Maggie (untitled portal fantasy novel).
  • Get an agent to represent No More Hiding.
  • Continue writing sonnets as able.

I’m quite happy with the writing I did in 2018. I did indeed edit No More Hiding and have been circulating it to agents (38 rejections and counting!), and though I’ve had some interest, I haven’t yet found someone sufficiently excited about the project to represent it.

I didn’t work at all on Maggie this year, but that is because I nearly drafted a complete pirates/colonial manuscript with my sister. We started the planning and plotting in May, began draft in earnest in July, and have ~115,000 words at this point.

Probably the goal I’m least satisfied with was my hope to write more sonnets. I wrote 9 this year—with a few fragmented quatrains remaining—and while I’m pleased with them individually, I would’ve liked to have carved out more time for poetry.

The goals I’m setting this year feel ambitious to me, but I’m excited about them:

  • Send No More Hiding to 100 agents, and if no luck, begin circulating to publishing houses that don’t require representation.
  • Finish the first draft of Pirates.
  • Edit Maggie.
  • Edit Pirates.
  • Blog weekly (to be published on Mondays).
  • Continue writing sonnets as able.

Finishing up the Pirates manuscript should not take long, so by February I will hopefully be editing Maggie. It’s one of my Christmas traditions to read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight every year, and since Maggie is so heavily influenced by Arthurian legend, it was getting me excited to start working again on the Maggie manuscript.

My goal to send No More Hiding to 100 agents is the one that sounds the most like “work” to me. For my other manuscripts that I’ve tried to sell, I’ve usually petered out around 50–60 rejections, because I get too discouraged. But this time I don’t want to take no for an answer. I know it’s well written, emotionally engaging, and saleable. It’s just going to take a lot of grit, time, and stubbornness.

I started my blog in September as a 3-month experiment, and so far I’ve enjoyed having a regular space to formulate my thoughts about writing and creativity. I’m looking forward to continuing this at least through 2019.

As mentioned above, I would like to write more sonnets this year than I did last year. I’ve also started sending them out and have gotten some interest in them, so that is motivating to continue writing fresh ones.

2019 should be an excellent year for writing!

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