Happy New Year!
Typically, my New Year’s resolution is to make no resolutions, one that I can never seem to keep for some reason. This year, I have some real writing goals.
Resolution #1 – Publish Power of the Mages
This goal is quite attainable. The 3rd draft is going well; there’s a real chance of me finishing it by early March.
Resolution #2 – Write a nonfiction book about writing
Blogging has helped me organize my thoughts for a nonfiction book. Here’s the working title: Avoid the Most Common Mistakes of Beginning Fiction Writers – 12 Simple Techniques to Improve Your Craft. I see no reason for me not to be able to produce and publish this book this calendar year.
Resolution #3 – Finish second draft of The Slender Man Massacre
Rather than do a complete first draft, I’m taking each chapter to the second draft stage before continuing. At one chapter every two weeks, I should be able to finish in 50 to 56 weeks. Given that timetable, I may be a little behind on finishing it in 2013. The important goal is to publish it in 2014.
Resolution #4 – Finish first draft of untitled scifi novel
During the 8 weeks between the end of the 3rd draft of Power of the Mages and when I start the 4th, my goal is to completely write the first draft of a new novel. I’m not sure how much more I’ll work on it this year; the objective is to publish it in 2014.
Resolution #5 – Start of a 5th book to be published in 2014
Though up to this point in my life, I’ve published exactly zero books, I think it realistic to publish 4 by the end of next year. Five is a bit of a pie in the sky dream, but that’s what I’d love to do.