Showing posts with label Goals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Goals. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I've been a BAD, BAD... Blogger!

You may not have noticed my absence but I've been away for a while. And sadly, not blogging has corresponded to not writing much either.

The supermarket buying has overtaken pretty much everything in our life at the moment, but hopefully once we're settled next year and hubby is slaving away in the shop, I'll have more time again to devote to my writing.

Now every year I do a few posts at the end of the year/beginning of the next. I usually do one of all the books I've read - yep, I keep a list. It's about the only organised thing I do. And then I usually do one about my goals for the year and whether I achieved them. Then there's another post about what my goals for the new year are.

So as well as wishing all you wonderful Blog Friends a very brilliant Christmas and a contract-filled new year, I thought I'd take today to do my round up of 2010, which I'm not expecting was as productive as I'd intended.

Here's my goals for 2010 and how I went with them:

Goal #1:
Finish revisions on the partial of 'Maverick Millionaire, Musical Mistress' and sub to the editor I'm working with. - I did this. Eventually got an R on the full but with the request to sub a new partial. I then subbed this mss to Carina and currently have revs from them on the full.

Goal #2:
Read more! - I didn't think I'd read that much but when I look at my list, I've actually churned through quite a few books. Always room for more though :)

Goal #3:
Finish 'OHHN' and sub to Superromance. - FAIL!! I actually realised that this book failed epic-ly in the conflict department, so I've filed it in that metaphorical bottom drawer for now :(

Goal #4:
Enter the eharlequin Superromance pitch - decided against this in the end as I didn't have a full mss because I'd been working on mss for Modern Heat instead.

Goal #5:
Attend 'Romancing The West' and the 'Romance Writers of Australia conference' in Coogee. - check! And they were both awesome!

Goal #6:
Rewrite 'Falling For His Magic' and sub to Modern Heat. - Oh dear... did I actually want to do that!? Maybe one day...

Non-writing goals

Goal #1:
Lose another six kilos! Yeah baby!!! - Epic FAIL. Last year was a much better diet year than this one :(

Goal #2:
Finish Trouble's baby photo scrapbook and make a start on His Lordship's! - FAIL AGAIN!!!

Things I achieved that weren't on my list but I'm happy about:
*Finalled in THREE RWA Oz contests.
*Wrote a new partial for M&B and subbed to the ed I've been working with.
*Started a Single Title.
*Started a new category idea.
*Went back to teaching one day a week.
*Kept my kids alive!!

Hope other people are doing reflection posts as I love to read how far people have come in a year. In the next few days I'll do a post about the books I read this year :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What a GOAL can do for you!

GOALS - I wrote notes about characters' goals in my last blog post but I think there's another person's goals who are really important when we talk about writing.

YOURS!

And MINE!

Or rather the goals of the writer.

Since my dreaded R a few months back, I've been more like the tortoise than the hare when it comes to writing. I've still typed off the odd chapter but actual books? I'm a lo-ooooong way off! So just before the conf, I decided to set myself some writing goals that I wanted to achieve before the end of the year.

Goal #1 - write 10k of my kinda rural romance single title idea so I could enter it into RWA Oz' Single Title And Loving It Contest this year. Not that I expect to place, although I do hope to get good feedback... the main reason for deciding to enter this contest was to give myself a deadline. And I'm pleased to report that today I met this goal.

And IT FEELS GOOD!

Goal #2 was to finish the partial and synopsis of my M&B Romance targetted mss, ready to sub the first chap to the contest and if I don't get past the first round (which let's face it, is higly likely cos there'll be a zillion people entering) directly to the ed I've been working with. I still need to edit and polish but this partial is basically done. The synopsis is well on the way.

Goal #3 was to write the first five pages (at the least) of a new M&B Romance idea, so that I could enter it into RWA Oz's High Five contest. The deadline of this (like the STALI) is end of September and I've written two pages, so I guess I'm on track.

Goal #4 was to write the first 50k of my rural romance so that I could apply for an ASA Mentorship. At the moment, this goal seems the most daunting. But, unless things go extremely well with the New Voices contest and my writing time is busy elsewhere, I'm gonna do my darn best to achieve this as well.

I've realised I work best with tangible goals that I can tick of a visual list and FEEL GOOD about!

What about you? Do you set goals? Does it work? If so, what's your next BIG goal!?

Monday, December 28, 2009

The year that was...

At the beginning of 2009, I posted my list of goals for 2009.

To refresh your memories and for those not here back then, I'll post them again below and next to the goal, I'll tell you how I did:

* To finish editing WWMM and submit the full to Lucy Gilmour by the end of January - this is TOTALLY achievable. Check - I achieved this goal. Unfortunately it was rejected but the letter why was detailed and I was invited to submit another partial directly to her.

*To write another category targetted romance (well at least one, but I'm being realistic that I have three young boys) - either for Modern Heat or Superromance, depending on feedback I get from editors. Whoops! I started numerous books this year and at the end there, I ALMOST thought I'd finish one, until I got revisions on the partial I had subbed and therefore abandoned the full :) Despite not finishing any books, I actually have a partial currently subbed with Supers as well as my revisions for MH.

*To read more how-to books - this was on my ''goal'' list last year and it didn't really happen. And books about writing - I've just ordered ''Becoming a writer'', which people have been raving about on RomAus, from Book Depository. LOL - Doesn't buying the books count? I delved into a couple of writing books - Save The Cat and Break Into Fiction, but haven't read them enough to get much out of them yet! Tsk. Tsk.

*To participate in an online writing bootcamp and attend the Romance Roadshow in WA. Check! And how AWESOME were these experiences. Through Bootcamp 209 I've met a load of other fabulous writing friends, who are so generous with their thoughts and ideas when it comes to helping me. How lucky am I? And at the Romance Roadshow not only did I have a fabulous time and learn lots, I also met other new writing buddy - Janette, whom I've become good friends with.

Now... non writing related:

*To get my toddler out of nappies - BRING IT ON! This has been the bane of my existence this year - that and not getting enough sleep! We're still not quite there, but I'm positive about the progress we've made in the last month or so!

*To lose enough weight that I'll look good in little shorts next summer - okay.. so maybe I'm dreaming! Check. The little shorts are probably still a summer (or maybe two) off but I lost six kilos in last half of this year and I'm hoping for the same in 2010!!!

So, how'd you go with your goals? I'll be back tomorrow (or the next day) with my goals for 2010!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Goals for 2009...


I know we're almost nine days into 2009 and I'm way behing the times on New Year's resolutions, but really... I have NO time at the moment. Have been trying to catch up on sleep and edit WWMM at the same time as doing all life's other necessities. But enough on the excuses.... I'm not making resolutions exactly, just goals of things I'd like to achieve by the end of this year.  Of course, I'd like to be published but that's not something I have total control over, so that's not on the list.

 All the things are achievable if i really, truly, absolutely, completely (can you tell I've been reading Charlie and Lola to my boys) put my all into it!

* To finish editing WWMM and submit the full to Lucy Gilmour by the end of January - this is TOTALLY achievable.
*To write another category targetted romance (well at least one, but I'm being realistic that I have three young boys) - either for Modern Heat or Superromance, depending on feedback I get from editors. 
*To read more how-to books - this was on my ''goal'' list last year and it didn't really happen. And books about writing - I've just ordered ''Becoming a writer'', which people have been raving about on RomAus, from Book Depository. 
*To participate in an online writing bootcamp and attend the Romance Roadshow in WA. 

Now... non writing related:
*To get my toddler out of nappies - BRING IT ON!
*To lose enough weight that I'll look good in little shorts next summer - okay.. so maybe I'm dreaming!

What about you... what's your biggest goal for 2009??

Monday, November 3, 2008

Looking back on 2008...


Okay...so I know I'm a little early but as I'm having a baby four weeks from today, thought I may be a little busy for pondering towards the end of the year. 

At the beginning of 2008, I wrote a list of the things (writing/reading-wise) I wanted to achieve this year. Here tis:

1)      Want to learn more about the craft of writing category romance – focusing heavily on Goal, Motivation and Conflict and enhancing Emotion between characters. To do this, I plan on spending some time doing writing exercises from Kate Walker’s 12-point Guide To Writing Romance and to study more and more about GMC before I start my next draft.  X

2)      Read at least one Classic (you know, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, the like…) per month. I’m an English teacher by trade and I think my reading in these areas is severely lacking. People expect me to know this stuff and I don’t! – this was gonna be a resolution but as I’m not making any others, it’ll do as a goal. X

3)      Write at least two more drafts of category novels. I’ve got the basic seeds of these in my head but will be praying for inspiration to fill in the gaps. $

4)      Polish up my 2007  NaNo novel and send it off to Mills and Boon. X

5)      Enter loads of contests and hopefully final again in some. $

6)      Hopefully attend the 2008 RWA conference in Melbourne! $

The ones with an X next to them, I sadly failed. 

I'm hoping to do the craft book thing better in the early part of 2009 when I may not be writing quite as much due to bringing up baby! I've read a few classics this year but they took so long in comparison to other things and let's face it, with two young boys, time was tight in my world. I'll try for another few in 2009. The reason I didn't send off my NaNo novel was that I didn't get any feedback for it in the IHeart Presents Instant Seduction contest early in the year and figured it wasn't really what Mod Heat were looking for. Perhaps in 2009, I'll see if I can revise it for another more suitable line?!

I did however write a one full category length novel (NBLSB) and have almost finished WWMM. I'm hoping this will be done by the end of 2009 - at least the first draft. I also began another category length novel and also one which is probably more ST. These began in June - my diabolical writing month - and were abandoned soon after, but I'll definately be going back to one of them in 2009.

I entered contests and finalled in two!!! 

And... as you know... I did attend the RWA conference in Melbourne. 

So... did you have goals for 2008 - things you'd like to achieve and have control over - and how'd you go?

Stay tuned for a post about my 2009 goals....