“We must set brand new goals/ We must not lose control…”*

(This is from my new planner–nifty, huh?)

Like just about every other writer’s blog out there, this is where I get to talk some about my 2010 writing goals.

This is mostly brainstorming, really. It’s thinking at what’s known in the GTD-world as “horizons of focus.” Specifically, the things I’d like to see for my writing future at the “30,000 foot level” (i.e. 12-14 months from now).

I’d like to network better. In 2009, I made some strides in connecting with other writers (online and in person) and with other artists. Playwrights, poets, filmmakers, and musicians. But I passed up a lot of opportunities, too. I was shoulder to shoulder with Joyce Carol Oates for a split second, but said nothing, not even when she was signing. Legendary comic book writers from the 70s & 80s come through this town once or twice a year. One of them even lives here, and I haven’t introduced myself to him.

The reason is my dread of the thought of being that over-eager writer who gets told by a seasoned master, “Go away kid, you bother me.” Time for me to get over that. And I’m going to at Readercon 21!

I need to get my lit/flash fiction back on track. This is sort of related to the networking goal. Between here and Twitter, I need to make time to get back into Fictionaut and Zoetrope. I briefly connected with some writers whose work I idolized before I focused on genre stuff, but lost touch. Plus, I learned so much there from the critiques I got from my flash pieces. I was kinda dumb to let that slip away, but you know what? My accounts are still active, and it’s never too late, right?

12 is the magic number. That’s one story per month, written, submitted and kept in circulation. If none of them sell by next December, fine. But they will be in circulation.

I need to move a bunch of back-burner non-fiction projects up to the front. I confess, stubbornness is part of what motivates this goal. I’m irked that I haven’t been able to repeat my McSweeney’s success of five years ago–though I admit, my efforts have been lackadaisical at best. But it’s not just humor I’m interested in.

I’ve mentioned my “seekrit #wip” on Twitter. It’s secret because–again, this is a pride thing related to my networking fears, I think–the whole thing could be a wash at any time, and I dread the thought of answering questions like, “Hey, what happened with that [seekrit #wip]?” with “Eh, nothing.”

Suffice it to say that it’s going to be a researched non-fiction work, and if I can pull this off, it would be quite the feather in my geek cap.

Okay, I think my brain is sufficiently dumped. Maybe today I can actually do something about some of these.

*The title’s from here, btw…

10 thoughts on ““We must set brand new goals/ We must not lose control…”*”

  1. That's great that you have your goals outlined! I wish you the best of luck with all of it, and know you will be successful.

    A secret nonfiction wip! Interesting!!

  2. @Calista–The hardest part will be–is always–making it all happen. Thanks for the encouragement!

    @Carol–Thank you, too! Organization can be easy once you find the right tools and processes. I could not have gotten as "far" as I have without it.

    I know 2010 will be a great year for you both!

  3. I don't really make resolutions, but these sounds like good ones for you. Wow. One a month! That's awesome :o)

    Good Luck with all of those. You can do it :o) I see may feathers in your geek cap, my friend :o)

  4. @Erica – I'm trying to work up to Ray Bradbury's standard. He writes one story per week!! One day!

    2010's gonna rock for you too. I can sense it! 🙂

  5. I can identify with most of your goals. I suppose I should organize my thoughts like you have and make a list. Lists are kind of cool. Networking needs to be a big one for me. I've been doing pretty well so far in the blogosphere since I've started my blog. Now I need to get some actual face time with some people who can make a difference.
    Good post.

  6. Ah. Goals. Used to be something I was good at. Those sound like good goals, albeit, ambitious (a story a month? YIKES!) But then again, I'm rather lazy when it comes to my stories. I'm on fictionaut too, and I must say I am quite the novice- I just started writing fiction not too long ago, and I find fictionaut members' critiques quite helpful. Getting back into it will help you immensely. Good luck and…you've inspired me to set writing goals as well. Cheers to 2010, a breakout year for the unseasoned!

  7. Welcome, folks! 🙂

    @arlee – "face time with some people who can make a difference" is vital. This is why I value my face-to-face critique group.

    @The Amateur – Goals are important, even if you don't make them by the end of the year. It really is a lesson in the journey being more important than the destination.

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