Goals for 2010

Last year was an interesting year for me. I took a few writing classes. Participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote a novel. Made some great on-line friends and learned more about writing than I could sum up in one blog post. I’m excited about 2010 and the possibilities for growth.

I’m a couple of weeks late writing this list but better late then never.

1. Finish editing my current manuscript

2. Take at least two more on-line writing classes

3. First, organize my home work space for more efficiency

4. Later, (after August) create a new, quieter and more private work space somewhere in the house away from the general living space

5. Write down my story ideas right away instead of letting them fade away into nothingness

6. Finish reading the following books

  • Plot and Structure by: James Scott Bell
  • Dialogue by: Gloria Kempton
  • Conflict, Action & Suspense by: William Noble
  • A Natural History of the Senses by: Diane Ackerman

(These are all books I’ve started but never finished.)

7. Get off the Jennifer Crusie crack pipe and read something outside my genre. Here is a list of books on my list:

  • Crazy For The Storm by Norman Ollenstad
  • This Is Where I Leave You by: Jonathan Tropper
  • The Art of Racing In The Rain by: Garth Stein
  • Heart in the Right Place by: Carolyn Jourdon
  • Crime and Punishment by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky (unless someone wants to recommend something different by Dostoyevsky)

8. Write more short stories and essays – quality short stories and essays – no playing around this time!

I think that’s if for writing goals. I have many personal goals and work goals too but I won’t bore you with those.

12 thoughts on “Goals for 2010

  • You are reading my mind again. I agree with # 6, 7, and 8. In fact, I’m off to the bookstore to purchase a few books today.

    I’m also getting some magazines that aren’t about
    writing (which seems to be all I read these days.)

    Maybe this will help me learn how to write better short stories and articles for magazines. One can hope anyway.

    Last night I joined Critique Circle and Fictionpress. That is also a step in the right direction. However, I want to learn how to give a good critque before I jump in. I don’t want the time spent on this to be nonconstructive.

    Good luck with your goals Dayner. I know you will be successful at all of them.

    • I was very apprehensive about giving my first critique but then I did it and received a very nice message from the writer. I think anything helps when it comes to critiquing. You may notice things about a story that someone else doesn’t and vice-versa. Think about the feedback you’ve received about your writing, it’s all helped right? Even the little things. Did you use the same username?

      • CC is under Darksculpt – I had too many letter to use my full name. But under Fictionpress it is the same as always.

        I like fiction press because there is no point system. You can post when ever you want. But anyone can see the Critique whether they are a member or not. That is kind of scary and they don’t have a formula. I was looking at the templates on CC and I really liked them.

        I’m off to the bookstore to pick up those magazines I talked about earlier in the week. My hubs has decided to fire up the grill tonight, so I had to go get meat first thing this morning. Boy he knows how to throw a stick in my well oiled machine.

  • Good list of goals and I love the expression of getting off the Jennifer Crusie crack pipe. I’m still guffawing over that one….

    My son, who has read just about everything (I am blushing with both pride and shame for being so far behind him!) suggested that I start with The Idiot when I asked him for a Dostoyevsky recommendation because it was shorter than C&P.

    I’m still trying to figure out how you are able to write so much with three kids in the house! I’m impressed….

    • Good to know. I’ll check out The Idiot.

      As far as writing with three kids–it’s clearly quantity of quality at this point. My girls are a big help. Trevor is nine and right now he’s the challenge. Not because he’s challenging but because he’s nine and dealing with girlfriend problems already. I’m not prepared for nine year old heartbreak. He’s a tenderhearted guy and these manipulative little girls chew him up and spit him out. I always thought I’d be dealing with broken-hearted teenage girls but no–it’s my boy that falls hard.

  • Your list is marvelous. Perhaps I should adopt it.

    • Oh dear Shaddy, I have a feeling with all those beautiful notebooks you already have several of your own lists.

  • I’ve been weaning off the crack too. No fun at all. But I am finding lots of other good authors out there now that I’m out in the light of day again!

    I read The Brothers Karamazov, but that’s another long one.

    I need to add #5 to my own list.

    Good luck with the list!

    • Number five is my favorite and the one that sparked this list. I had my little digital recorder on during my entire drive home yesterday as I recited my newest idea and all the possibilities.
      And get this–it’s a thriller, DS would be proud.

  • I have to get off the pastoral, lazy-dazy fiction crack pipe. Seriously, I used to read more out of my genre, but in the last few years I’ve been terrible.

    Great list, btw! Far more ambitious than mine. I have a good idea of what I want to accomplish, but I need to get off my butt and do it. I lack serious motivation right now. But kudos to you for startin on CC. I think I’d like to check it out since y’all seem to like it.

    • Oh no, you can’t boast about laziness. I read your new wedding article, you’ve been working.

      I really like CC. I love that it’s international so I can read stories from writers in South Africa and Ireland and everywhere else on the planet.

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