OK, blog friends, after much mulling and creative procrastinating, here are my goals for 2013.
1. Finish Aftermath Hush. I revised this novel using Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel class, and I was in the process of integrating my changes when life interrupted shortly before Thanksgiving. I’m just beginning to feel recovered enough to return to writing. By next week I’ll be strong enough to begin where I left off. My characters are clamouring to get out and, as their voices get louder, I know I’m almost ready to start again.
2. Clean up query letter, generate synopsis, and research agents.
3. Submit query letters early to mid February.
4. During this time, I will also be thinking about a second novel. I’d like to do a sequel with my sassy old and mysterious new characters, but my muse is just toying with me at the moment. He can be a very bad boy. However, my husband (muse?) came up with a wonderful idea for a mystery, and I’m debating whether I’m ready to write a mystery. Only one way to find out.
5. While the query letters are flying out on email wings, I’ll work on something new. It’s important to have new words cooking when you’re trying to sell old ones.
6. I’ll work the second novel using my hard-won HTRYN knowledge. This time I’ll know what to do and, more importantly, what not to do.
Also, I have goals that aren’t directly related to writing:
1. With doctor’s permission, I’ll return to work and start exercising. I never thought I’d miss daily dog walks as much as I do.
2. I want to read more. Since I’ve been cloistered at home, I’ve read three books in four weeks. This doesn’t sound like much, but I’m usually so busy it takes me a month to read an average length novel.
3. Drawing more is important for me. As my friend and mentor Diane reminded me, writing and drawing give both sides of the brain a total workout. Besides, drawing is a social activity. Unlike writing, you can draw up a storm while gossiping, eating junk, and laughing with your pals.
A lot happened in 2012, most of it beyond my control, so I offer one of the few pieces of advice you’ll ever see on my blog.
Don’t wait. Be creative now.
The clock’s ticking!