Last month (December 2011) I had a profound experience (in part due to one of my amazing crit partners) that I will not go into. BUT the result is that I KNOW I am supposed to be writing, and so now feel doubly motivated and excited for what 2012 will bring.
In the spirit of that time of year, here are my writing goals for 2012:
1) Read 50 books this year.
I've never kept track of how many books I've read before. I couldn't stick with the Goodreads thing, and I've been known to read 4-5 books in a week, and then 1 book over 6 weeks. So...we'll see how this goes. I decided reading one book a week should be challenging yet reasonable for my busy schedule. And then I gave myself 2 weeks off for emergency life purposes. :)
2) Query 2 books.
This is an example of something I can control. I'd love to type "sign with an agent", but we all know how that could go no matter how amazing our writing is. I would be very happy with "get a few partial requests" on the first query, then "get a few full requests" on the second, but again, we shall see. Why 2 books? Because I'm querying my first this month and have two other books in revisions right now, so really this is a goal to whip one of those into show-the-world shape.
3) Draft 1 book.
I've got one idea knocking on my brain (among the bazillion others floating around in there) begging to be written. Hopefully I'll get to it this year. At the very least, it can end up being my nano.
4) Study/read writing craft book 1 hr. a week.
I'm humble enough to know I have a lot to learn about writing (and always will), but besides writers conferences and blog reading, I've yet to actually delve into serious learning. I plan on treating this like a course, where I'll read/study for an hour, and then apply what I've learned in the next week's writing.
And there you have it. Reasonable goals, yet solid and proud-worthy, I think.
A few of my non-writing goals this year include running every day, drinking less soda, being more positive, cherishing the time I have with my kids, sticking to a budget, and bulk cooking (cook extra food for dinner and freeze some for a quick meal another night).
What are your goals this year?