This is a big year for me. The year I’ve been anticipating since selling my book two years ago. The year I’ve been dreaming about since I don’t even know how long. ago Forever. Seriously. I want to soak in this whole year and all the new, exciting, glorious dream-come-true stuff, because even though I have more books coming out in 2011 and 2012, this is the first year. There’s only one first book, and I know it’s got to be less shiny with the second and third and fourth books…right? So I want to be patient. I want to not wish it away.
Even with all of the new, shiny, dream-come-true stuff that’s going to happen (hopefully) there will also be some bad, not-so-awesome stuff that will happen too. Like bad reviews. People who will say mean or annoying things. Expectations that aren’t met or fall short. All those things…I know I have to survive you, and I will.
3.) Blog more, but be on the Internet less.
To clarify, I want to post more regularly with interesting things to say, or to discuss writing craft or books I love or other fun things. But I want to spend less time on the Internet than I currently do. I want to check my email twice a day instead of dozen. I want to unplug for larger chunks of time.
4.) Write consistently.
Right now I’m shooting for writing at least 5 days a week for a few hours each day. I really, really like doing at least 1,000 words a day, though I don’t always achieve it. Some days it’s all I can do to make it to the end of one scene. Or one page! But the goal is to show up for work consistently no matter what the outcome.
5.) Celebrate Accordingly.
I want to be able to give myself permission to be proud of what I will accomplish, and what I’ve accomplished so far. It’s hard for me to *not* criticize myself, or to not search for some new way to improve myself or my writing or even my lifestyle. I just want to be able to step back and say to myself, “Job well done.” And then of course, um, buy myself a present :-)