Writing Goals for 2012 (a.k.a. professional multitasking)

Well, so much for updating this blog on a consistent basis. So far I’ve only been able to handle one blog with any consistency, and that’s my devotional blog. I guess that’s something. But I’m going to make a concerted effort to put something on here at least once a week.

I thought I would post about my writing goals for 2012 so they will be in print somewhere and I can look back on them and remind myself that I actually did make these promises to myself. Now, whether or not I’m going to accomplish all this is yet to be seen, but I’m going to give it my all.

 

E-Publishing

My biggest goal for 2012 is to e-publish a few things. I’m curious about it, and I have some pieces I haven’t been able to sell. It could be that they just suck. That’s a definite possibility. But the other possibility is that I’m a terrible salesperson. And that is also a definite possibility.

So, I’m going to try to publish and market a few pieces myself just to see how it goes. I have a short story and a novel, both of which are odd. So odd that most people I’ve given them to have no idea how to even begin marketing them to the industry. So, hopefully in a few months, you’ll see a blurb on here for a Kindle Single. And if that goes well, you might see another blurb for an eBook on here as well.

We’ll just have to see.

 

Novels

I have one novel that is a third of the way done with its first draft. I have a trilogy to complete. It’s almost done, but it needs tweaking. Then, I have two more trilogies to tweak. Plus I have a novel on Guatemala that needs revising. And I have a dozen novels I need to start. I’m trying to prioritize them, but they’re all marketable. So the issue is just buckling down and doing it.

That’s my novel writing goal for 2012 — Just Do It!

And I’m also playing with the idea of entering NaNoWriMo this year. I’d love to give it a shot, and I have a concept I’ve been dying to get down on paper but haven’t had the chance.

 

Short Stories

I am also aiming to write a new short story every month. This one is going to be super challenging. I have tons of ideas, but getting the time to do it while maintaining all of my other daily tasks is going to be killer. But we’ll see. It’s something I’m shooting for because my writing critique group is starting up again and I want to have new material for them to review, not just novel chapters.

 

Skits / Plays

We finally have a new worship pastor at my church! So that means that drama at my church is going to start up again in full swing for the first time in over a year. And that means we’ll need scripts. So I have started our writing team up again, and we’re going to start putting out material for consideration. Additionally, I want to write a full-length Easter play. I’ve had one percolating in the back of my mind for years, but I’ve never taken the time to put it down on paper. Well, this is the year.

 

And that’s about it. Is that enough? We’ll see how I do. I’ll probably look back at this list at the end of 2012 (assuming the world doesn’t end on December 21) and kick myself for thinking I could accomplish so much in just a year, but you never know. A lot of it is determination and discipline, which I’m working on. Obviously. It’s only 8am and this is the second blog I’ve posted on, and I’ve got dishes going in the kitchen and a pot of coffee brewing.

Multitasking. That’s the key.

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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  1. Whew! That’s a list! Awesome that you have such an active and receptive church! Put those writer muscles to work!

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