With two weeks left in 2012, I am two books away from completing my GoodReads challenge of reading fifty-two books this year; aka, right on track. Unfortunately, my own books don’t count as they aren’t in the GR database. That is a shame, considering I’ve read them quite a few times this year. Oh well.
I have fallen behind on my book reviews! I did all of, what?, three or four and then stopped completely. That isn’t okay, and I’ll get on that later tonight.
I currently have about five projects in the air: three novels, two short stories. Adding all those word counts together, I’ve got 104k. That’s a big number (okay, very small for three novels-in-progress to be in there, but big for me) and I’m proud of it. I have felt rather proud of myself recently, at least as far as my writing goes. I feel secure in myself as a writer, acknowledging that I am not very good but I love it and I am dedicated to it.
I will probably buy Scrivener for myself around the beginning of the year. I have only heard good things about it, and I enjoyed the 30-day free trial. It’s lovely. I was hesitant to buy it before, because I didn’t want to drop $40, get half-way through a novel, and lose all interest, but I am no longer worried about that. It feels like a good, practical investment. Plus, I have a half-off code from NaNoWriMo. So why not?
By this time next year, I think I want an agent. That gives me an entire year to make one of my novels super shiny and perfect, get a list of ~100 agents who might like said novel, write the bestest query letter you ever did see, send out several rounds with six weeks between each, receive the oh-so-coveted reply asking for the first few chapters, and then wait with baited breath for another month or so until the agent gets back to me again and wants to sign a contract with me. That’s plenty of time. Also, thinking about it makes me nervous. I’m setting it as a 2013 goal, along with a few other writing goals, but if I fail, I won’t beat myself up about it. My other writing goals are less intimidating, but I need a terrifying one for comparison’s sake—go big or go home.
Are you setting any writing-related goals or resolutions for the new year?
Posted from my phone, so please excuse extra typos! ESJ