Good bye, 2012! We had some good times, but you were a huge asshole, so I'm glad to see you go. And WELCOME 2013, a year that sounds pretty awesome. I'm really excited for this starting over point, and I'm hoping that this year has some outstanding things in store for all of us.
Because I'm all about goal setting, before I set goals for the coming year, I want to take a look at 2012's goals, which I outlined here back at the beginning of the year.
1. Finish my new project
1.5 Finish 1st draft my March 31st.
HAHAHA! I love how ambitious I always am when it comes to writing. No, I didn't finish a draft by March 31st, but, in my defense, I actually abandoned the project I had been talking about when I wrote this post. I started my current project, IN REAL LIFE, in late February/early March, so I knew I would be abandoning this date. But it took me eight months to cobble that first draft together, and I just (as in, on Sunday night) finished my big revision. I was determined to get that revision done, and have a story that I could read from beginning to end, even if it still needs a little work, by the end of 2012.
I will say, though, that this time around was so much faster than my first book, AVOIDING DRAMA. I learned so much from the process, and that was evident in my writing this time around. Hopefully my next project will move along even more smoothly.
And, I guess my new project isn't FINISHED finished. But I did type THE END before the end of the year, so I'm okay giving this goal a partial check mark.
2. FOCUS during writing time.
I did better at this in 2012, but not as much as I would really like. I'm still so easily distracted, and I let myself get distracted while I'm writing, which is an enormous waste of time. I have found some things that work for me - leaving my house and writing at Panera/Starbucks, listening to music that is very familiar vs new music that begs to be listened to, and using Write Or Die, which has made my drafting so much more efficient. So I did improve in this area. I think this is an ongoing goal, honestly.
3. Read 52 books
I did this one, and I even exceeded my reading goal, ending with 66 books read in 2012. I wasn't sure if I would be able to read as much this year, with everything I've had going on, but books really did serve as an awesome way for me to escape all of the stress of my real life. So, yay books!
Tomorrow I'm going to set my goals for 2013.
How did you do with your 2012 goals? Did you accomplish what you wanted to this past year?