In the past, I've had some resolutions to try and make myself a better person. Well, this year, I'm in a more tangible mood.
My writing goals are... well, much harder work than I usually do. I have maintained this pace, before, for five months, and it saw the greatest growth of me as a writer. I strive for quality always, but most of my progress comes with quantity.
I cleared the clutter from my house last year. I lived a smaller life. I got rid of things and I didn't buy things.
This year? I want to live my smaller life slower. I want to get rid of clutter in my day. I don't want to work 15 hours a day. I want to work hard and relax hard. I want to READ MORE!
Oh, gosh, and stop feeling guilty for every second I don't write or work. Sheesh. It's too exhausting. I was raised, at first, with a Protestant work ethic, and then I was topped off with Catholic guilt. Either are hard enough to deal with by themselves, but together, they're just grueling.
Living life slower seems opposed to my writing goals. They're a little crazy. I'm determined to find a new genre, so that's another reason for the quantity. And I write better when I'm completely absorbed into the world, without interruptions. So "fast" writing works for me, but it's not really fast, because I spend all day imagining, when I'm not writing, LOL...
Okay, here are the goals:
- Get up at 5 am and write 3,000 words.
- Read 3 books a week.
- Write 6 novellas (48K-52K) for pseudonym.
- Write 6 novels (80-100K), one in each genre until I find one that fits (and/or finds a home): commercial, spy thriller, romantic fantasy, romance, paranormal, fantasy, women's fiction, historical, middle grade, romantic suspense... did I leave any out? I'll put them on the list.
- Write 1 novel idea a day.
- Write 1 pitch a week.
- Write 1 proposal a month (just for practice to find a new genre, really).
- No more dairy. Ever.
- Do yoga every day.
- Do 5 hours of aerobic exercise every week.
- Lift weights 3x a week.
- Get my foot better.
- Eat more like 80%-90% macrobiotically, as opposed to the 0%-30%, lately.
Thank you, guys. And here's to wishing you a very Happy New Year. Big hugs to all of you!