Most people get motivated to set goals at the beginning of the year but for me, it’s always around this time when the weather starts cooling down, I start craving hot drinks, and NaNoWriMo does it’s annual reset in preparation for the big event in November. You know I’ll be there.
This year is a bit crazier than usual for me. First, this is my first year with two kids so there has never been more people demanding my time. Second, this is the first year where I’m actively preparing for publication. Never thought I’d say that, huh? Third, this is the first year I’ll have a team supporting me. I have two critique partners helping me stay on top of things, and now I don’t have to drive an hour and a half to go to a NaNoWriMo write-in. Here, they are only five minutes away.
I’m also planning to enter the Golden Heart before the end of the year. This Romance Writers of America annual contest honors unpublished romance manuscripts. Editors and agents judge the final round, which often leads to requests for the full manuscript. That’s what I’m hoping for. My first 50 pages–the ones that are judged–are just about finished. One more quick edit ought to do it. Then I just need to get the manuscript finished, which is what I plan to do in November.
So here’s my rough plan:
– Write as much as I can before November
– Win NaNoWriMo and add 50,000 words to my manuscript
– Finish up my manuscript in December
– Make one more pass over the first 50 pages
– Write the Synopsis
– Turn it all in by January 2
Then I will have from January 2 to about April to finish up the edits on my manuscript in the hopes that I final and get a request (A girl can dream). If I don’t, then I’ll be well prepared to start querying. Because come January 1, I’ll be making a whole new list of plans and getting an agent will be one of them.
How are you doing on your 2012 goals? What are your plans for the rest of the year?