Goals and other things that I avoid... But shouldn't

I have one of those Google alert thingies set up to notify me when someone posts a blog involving "writing" and "mysteries". I find helpful to be able to see what others are saying in order to be able to get my creative juices flowing. This morning I opened my mail to find that there was a blog post from a YA author named Justine Larbalatier, called Writing Goals Redux. Apparently, at the beginning of the year she'd posted her goals to write and publish under several different genres, pov and formats. She was now, toward the end of the year, looking at how much she'd achieved. It's impressive. Actually, she's impressive. I'm pretty much convinced that she must not sleep. I can see where she would need to write all of this down so that she could keep track of it. And her books are selling. It's not as if she's writing these manuscripts and stuffing them in the back of her closet or under her bed. No, she's got a impressive list of accomplishments there.

So, this got wondering. Lately, I've been wandering all over the page trying to find direction for myself and my writing. I am unstructured and thus, unproductive. It's not that I don't believe in goals. I'm all for them as a way to hold yourself accountable and as a guidepost for where you want to go. But I realized that it had been more than a year since I'd written down an goals.

Here goes:
  • Romance (straight -- or at least no real mystery)
  • Romantic Mystery
  • Romantic Paranormal
  • Mystery (cozy)
  • Paranormal Mystery
  • Non-fiction (paranormal book)
  • Non-fiction (writing book)
Justine further breaks her list down by POV. I'm pretty much across the board on this one, so I don't think I'll be making changes for this. But I did like her last part:

  • Stand Alone
  • Trilogy
  • Series
Now, the thing is to hold myself accountable for these and see how far it gets me. Anyone else want to chime in on goals? Do you make them? Do you hate them? And do stick to them?


Vera said...

Ok Beth, I so can get into this blog post. As someone who is doing just thing today - making goals (being accountable from now on and no excuses), here goes... write and finish the current YA asap. Go back and finish the contemp./mystery romance. And send them out by? January? Not sure of that part with romance but def. YA.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind words but I'm not nearly as impressive as you think. I first posted those goals three years ago and then updated them a year ago and then now. My five novels were published over five years. Not particularly fast at all. And then there's the twenty years before the first one was published when I was writing and being rejected. This is a slow and steady kind of a business. As I'm sure you know.

I do sleep. Heaps!

Justine Larbalestier

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