Welcome to 2008
[Wow, it’s going to be hard to follow on Ellen’s heels after that terrific blog about the paranormal.] Hi everyone and thanks for joining me at Hitting the Hot Spot. I’m also one of Total-E-Bound’s authors and it’s my solemn resolve to entertain you on every third day of the month!
Hmmm, resolve. Resolutions. They’re hurled around with abandon this time of year, aren’t they? I used to make resolutions when I was younger. Then, later on, it was too much trouble. (Just follow the path of least resistance in day-to-day things and you’ll find me there.) And now, I don’t so much make resolutions as plan.
Because resolutions are really only half the battle. You define your goal. But then you have to also come up with a plan to carry it out, and I think that’s where most people fall down. You might have a resolution that says something like, “Get a submission to Total-E-Bound by June of this year”. And that’s a great resolution. But it’s not enough. You then have to plan how to do it. And planning how to do it may involve things like:
• Read the submission guidelines on the Total-E-Bound website and pre-format my manuscript to those guidelines. (Usually it’s only something minor like the typeface that changes, so most publishers’ formatting guidelines are good to use for everyone. But always check!)
• Find 30 minutes (minimum) every day to sit down and do some writing.
• Find a desk or a space that I can use exclusively for my writing and tell the rest of my family that that’s my private territory.
• Find and join a critique group
and so on. For each resolution, you should have a plan to help you achieve that. When you think you’re done, type up your plan, print it out and put it up somewhere so you can remind yourself of how you’re going to reach your goal and the steps necessary to make that resolution come true. Of course your list can change, nothing’s set in concrete, but do try to amend upwards (for example, changing “30 minutes” to “45 minutes”) rather than downwards, if you can. Or, if you change the deadline from June to September, make sure you spend extra time finding that supportive critique group.
So now you’ve done it...got your strategies for the year figured out. Hopefully, it wasn’t too difficult and it will help you focus on what’s important for the year to come. Best of luck with whatever you do...care to share?
POSTSCRIPT: I’ll kick off, if you like. My resolution is to write 2 novel-length books this year. (I’m usually a novella writer.)
KS "Kaz" Augustin
Spicing up the galaxy...one planet at a time!
CAPA 2007 nominee
Posted by Kaz Augustin at 4:37 AM