Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Q & A on Writing goals for 2005

I found this on The Celtic Dreamer's blog and I thought it was a great list that I could fill out for myself.

1. Where do you want to be with your writing in the long-term?

A published writer with well publized (and read!) novels.

2. Where are you with your writing now?

Still working on the first chapter of my first novel. I have written a tenative outline for my novel and I am trying to draw a map to go with this fantasy.

3. What project did you leave unfinished last year that you need to finish for your own peace of mind?

Writing a children's picture with my sister. I finally came up with an idea for the book but I have not written it down yet.

4. What creative goals do you want to achieve over the next year?

Write the first draft of a couple of picture books, and continue writing my the Taynel novel.

5. What financial goals do you want to achieve over the next year? Yearly? Monthly? Weekly?

Continue to pay for my college education so that I won't have any debt when I graduate.

6. What steps do you see necessary in your life to achieve these goals?

Find a job, and schedule out a little time for creative writing instead of just working on my Journalism and Teaching assignments for classes. I need to make a list of time wasters that I can eliminate from my day so that they will not keep me from these goals.

7. Each month, pick one step and work on it.

This month I need to work on finding a job.

8. What will make you refer to yourself, first and foremost, as “writer”?

I already refer to myself as a writer. I write, and I enjoy doing it.

9. What steps do you need to take on the technical front to achieve your goals (such as improving spelling, grammar, and a general widening of skills)?

I need to find a style and stick with it. It could be Associated Press style or Standard English but I can't keep switching back and forth. It is too confusing.

10. What steps do you need to take on the creative front to achieve your goals?

I need to work on my writing in a semi-quiet place that is free of distractions.

11. What changes do you need to make in your daily life (interaction with friends, family, job) to make this work?

I will just have to get up earlier. There are enough hours in the day - I just don't use them all.

12. What marketing steps do you need to achieve your goals? N/A

13. How much time each day do you vow to devote to your writing?

Creative writing: 30 minutes

Writing for class: as much time as it takes but at least a couple of hours

14. With what new type of writing will you experiment in the coming year?

None, I don't have time to experiment with new writing styles.

15. What new non-writing interest do you wish to add to your life this year?

I want to get a conversation partner from the ESL center this year.

16. What writing breakthrough this past year made you the proudest?

I wrote a play last semester. I hated the play but I was so glad that I managed to finish a writing project even if it was just for class. I needed to prove to myself that I am able to complete a writing project outside of poetry.

17. What other goals, dreams and resolutions in your non-writing life do you want to work on in tandem with your writing goals?

I want to read through the Bible and have a daily prayer time.

I need to keep my room clean so that I will have a comfortable environment for these activities.

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