Dramaquill's All Things Writing

December 12, 2008

Do you actually achieve your writing goals?

My critique group moderator just posted our 2008 writing goals.  I’m always excited and hesitant to revisit them. 

Did I accomplish what I thought I would be able to do in 2008?

Did I do more?

So, here are my 2008 writing goals and my commentary for each one.  I didn’t do too badly.

But wait – there was a lot not on the list…

I have 2 children’s poems coming out in Hopscotch for Girls magazine in 2009.

I wrote 6 new plays for kids and teens last year.

I wrote an original song for our church’s 100th anniversary service.

My article, The Business of Playwriting, got purchased by Writer’s Digest books for 2 upcoming market books.

I’ve collected several agents and publishers for my adult suspense novel.

I think I’m happy with my progress.

Anyway, here’s what I originally posted to my critique group:

Jacqueline’s 2008 Goals:

So…for 2008

1. Get an agent or publisher interested in the adult thriller. THIS IS THE YEAR of the thriller…I can feel it.
Well, I’ve saved potential agents and publishers that I plan to sub this to but didn’t want to jump the gun until the final revision is at least nearly complete.  I AM doing this in January, though.

2. Back to square one on Thinkers(YA). I know so much more now about writing that I’m positive this time I’ll approach it so much better than the first draft. 

I think I’ll be subbing this to the group once the suspense novel is done.
3. Find a publisher for some of my playscripts AND/OR enter some of them in contests for productions. I did enter a couple contests – haven’t heard back so I guess I didn’t win LOL  Also did research publishers and have a couple in mind.  Just haven’t subbed anything yet.

4. Learn how to use 2 music software programs I own that I never seem to find the time to work with. 

This is hilarious – I actually used one of the programs when I wrote an original piece for our church’s 100th anniversary year service in June.  I just picked my way around until I figured it out, so I guess I did this somewhat.

5. Try getting into my chicklit YA called “Quick, pass the chips.”
This was book one of my nano disastrous attempt this year.  Couldn’t get into it no how…sigh.  I switched to a 2nd suspense novel and planned a lot of it out but never wrote much of anything.

 

6. Do Nanowrimo again next year and get past this year’s 33,000 words.  I think I did 1200 words.  Wow!!!

These all seem reasonable and doable.(I’m so naive-hahaa) We’ll see what happens when Sandy reminds us next December of what we wanted to do this year LOL
 

 

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