Wednesday, January 2, 2013

IWSG - January edition

Happy 2013 everyone!  I joined IWSG late last year, and I'm excited to start a new year off with the group. One of my resolutions is to participate in all 12 IWSG posts this year.  Haven't heard of IWSG? Get thee to Alex Cavanaugh's blog and check it out!
We're starting a fresh new calendar year, a blank slate on which to write our goals.  With that in mind, I thought I'd share my 2013 writing resolutions with you all.

1)  Write every day.  I know this is standard advice, but it's not something I've been very good about doing in the past.  My goal is to write at least 2013 words per week.  Kind of an intimidating number, if attempted in one sitting. However, it translates into ~ 290 words per day, which is completely doable.  This should help keep me on track and keep the WIP's fresh so it's not so difficult to dive back into the stories when I sit down to write. Plus, a little bit adds up, and I think I'll be pleasantly surprised by how much I get done if I write every day.

I'm a bit visual when it comes to tracking my progress, so I printed off a Don't Break the Chain calendar.  The nerdy, office supply loving side of me is really excited to X-off days as I get writing done.

2) Blog more.  I've been a bit lax in keeping up with the blog.  I need to step up my efforts to connect with others and share my thoughts, so to that end, I'm kicking around ideas for some weekly posts.  The goal is to continue to build my online author platform, and at the same time tap into the wonderful community of support that writers of all stripes have built.  I'm looking forward to cheering others on as they work to achieve their goals this year!

3) Get published.  To a certain extent, this goal is out of my control. However, I'm not going to stop working to put out the best story I can, which I think will translate into publication (pause for your cynical laughter here).  I know that sounds kind of naive, but I'm still working to pursue traditional publication this year, and I will definitely keep you all updated as I gather rejections (and hopefully good news sprinkled in as well).

So those are my Big 3 goals for this new year.  What are your writing resolutions?  How is this year going to be the best yet for you?


  1. Great goals, Lara!

    290 words a day *is* relatively easy!

    As for blogging more--another way to reach out is to maybe blog about a hobby of yours (pulling in those who share that passion) or discuss a TV show you're gaga over with a weekly synopsis and thought points on that episode. Or music--if you like music, just post a YouTube video of a song pulled from your collection. Hope this helps. :)

  2. Great goal setting, Lara! I think the only goal I'd like to set for myself is sell this next picture book. Sure there are others, like finish up stories in progress, but if I can do this one thing, I'll be happy.

    Happy New Year. :)

    1. Thanks Candilynn! I'll keep my fingers crossed your book sells! :)

  3. All doable goals. Here's to a very successful 2013!

  4. Wishing you luck with all your goals. You can do it!

  5. I'm definitely with ya on number 3.

    1. We can do it! I think... I mean, yeah! We can do it! :)


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