Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My 2012 goals!

In the past year I have learned many things, but my one takeaway lesson is: focus. To be a serious writer you need to keep your eyes on the prize at all times, even on the days it feels like it's a million miles away.

For that reason I've trimmed my goals down this year to focus on becoming a novelist. Last year I had the Big List of Things To Do in 2011 and whilst I completed (almost) all of them I realised that attempting to get smaller projects published at this point acted as a distraction (for me personally) from my main goals. Doing small projects has been good to help build up my writing CV.  Now I need to move on to concentrate on larger projects.

  • ·         Complete re-write of Miles Between Us
  • ·         Send off to NWS
  • ·         Complete first draft of second novel
  • ·         Send Miles Between Us to agents/publishers
Four tasks for this year, which compared to my previous 'big list' seems positively miniscule. In terms of volume you're talking of about 200,000 words, so small list, but no small tasks.

I'm sure there will be tears and laughter on the way... and perhaps the occasional chocolate bar. I hope you'll join me on the journey.


  1. Best of luck Katy. My goals are similar. Writing a second book seems like such a huge task but I hope it will seem easier once I get stuck into it in 2012. I've also reapplied for the NWS- hope to see you at one of the RNA's many fabulous events next year! Hope you had a good Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year.X

  2. Wow! Yes, I agree. A small list but no small task. Good luck with it. Focus focus focus! x