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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

IWSG-Goals, New Years, and My Birthday

The first Wednesday of every month is IWSG, a bloghop hosted by the amazing Alex J. Cavenaugh to encourage and inspire each other and a safe place to admit our writing doubts.

As I sit huddled under the sheets in 9 degree weather (wondering why I thought this week would be a good time to leave sunny CA) I can't help but remember this post from the beginning of the year when I declared to the blogging world my writing goals. 
Besides the fact that I'm not a guy, don't have a comb over, and don't wear glasses (at least not in public) this guy could be me, right now, committing to my writing goals and sharing them with *gasp* the 8 people that follow my blog. I'm scared, but determined to . . .

1. Clean my NaNo, The Girl Who Could See, until it Shines and has a better title 

2. Begin Querying my NaNo (Yikes!)

3. Read 10 books on craft

4. Write the MG novel I'm bouncing around in my head

5. Attend at least 1 writing conference . . .figure out how to make it work with baby 

6. Join the Online Writer's Community
      A. Read other writers blog AND comment
      B. Blog once a week twice a month
      C. Start Tweeting figure out what it's all about

7. Participate (and win) NaNoWriMo 2012

I was so scared to publish that post-but writing them down-and in such a public way helped me to accomplish my goals (except #3 when I only read 6 craft books). Notice that I had the goal to query, not to get an agent. As I make goals, I make sure they're something completely in my power. I've had multiple people ask me if I have a goal to sell a book this year, but while I hope LOVESENSE sells, that is not completely in my power. Make sense?  

So if you're a goal oriented person like me, or simply considering writing goals for the new year, I encourage you to write specific, achievable goals that you (personally) can attain. 

Happy 2013! 


  1. I share a lot of the same goals as you do here Robin, (except the Tweeting) I am an anti-Tweeter, LOL Only because I know I just don't have the time to take that up too.

    Best of luck in 2013, Happy New Year and goal setting!!

  2. I think you have more than 8 people supporting you, just that all of them comment. Anyway, I love your goals! I hope you do well querying, and I'd love to hear more about your MG novel. Super fun. Here's to a great 2013!

  3. Oh, that's so awesome that you surpassed your goals!
    (Except #3, but why would you need to read 10 craft books anyway? Gosh, I've never read one ...)

    Congratulations on a stupendous 2012 and best wishes for an even better 2013!

  4. Way to go, Robin! 2012 has been such a fantastic year for you. I'm very proud of all you've accomplished. 2013 will be a year of many "greats" for you as well, I'm sure. <3

  5. Great job! I haven't written any goals out yet. But I guess I usually keep on track anyway with my writing. What I need to decide is what project to pursue. Or maybe 2. I've got my NaNo and others just sitting there. And that's my problem.

    Maybe my goal should be to not write more stories until I get into editing the next one to query.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Congratulations on mostly attaining your goals in 2012! I think you're absolutely right about only setting goals that you have control over. My biggest goal for 2013 is to "finish" my WIP and query it as well.

    Great IWSG post!

  7. You did so great with your goals in 2012. Can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for you.

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  9. Tweeting is the one thing I always forget about. I prefer FB for social interaction, but I think its because I'm not overwhelmed with the speed of information. Looks like you have some ambitious goals. Good luck in 2013!

  10. Great job with your goals! I have yet to read a book on craft... that's probably not something to be proud of... haha

    Happy New Year!

  11. You've written your goals down and put them out there for all to see. Don't fret. You'll do awesome, Robin!

    Are you thinking about Storymakers?

  12. Those look like some good goals. Good luck with them!

  13. I think it helps so much to post your goals publicly! And if you can't bear to do that, at least write them down for yourself. It makes such a difference!