Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! Happy New Goals! Part 1

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.

2012 Goals

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?


  1. I also learned a lot about my writing process and I think got better at it this time around. I mean I wrote my first book in 3 years (and it´s not ready to be queried) and this one (which is going through a major revision) in around 8 months. So YAY!

    Reading is such a stress reducer for me. Actually I know I really really need to slow down (or that I´m about to go cry in a corner) if I can´t get into a book (even a re-read...Anna and The French Kiss is like a security blanket to me :P)

    I think you did AWESOME Jessica! I mean you went through something really tough professionally and honestly I think you´re coming out of it like a ROCK STAR! You´re so dedicated to your students <3

    Plus in 2012, I got to know you better so it´s a win year for me :D

  2. I got a lot done this year, but I didn't set specific goals at the beginning of 2012, so I'm not getting that feeling of satisfaction. This year is going to be different, though. There will definitely be goals this year. Concentrating more while writing is always a good goal--I haven't resorted to Write or Die yet...but maybe I should... eep.

  3. I love seeing your progress on your goals. My big goal for 2012 was to get my manuscript in a place that I was ready to query. I started querying in October, so that was a success! I'm excited to see your 2013 goals :)

  4. These were great, realistic goals! I'm a dumbass for not really putting two and two together that you've finished a SECOND book--how awesome is that!? Reading about the accomplishing of your goals is very motivational. Can't wait to read what you're up to this year. :-)

  5. I love how you did the 1.5. I should do that to some of my goals. And yes, reading books. I always try for 50 books a year. THis year was the first in the last three that I did not do that. Focus during writing time HUGE one to add to list. I did pretty good with my goals. My biggest was to get a book to query stage and query the sucker. I queried two books. Yah me!

  6. Yay for finishing a draft and reading so many books! I've learned so much from my first book, and I'm hoping I can write my second much faster. I accomplished the goals that mattered the most to me this year, so I'm feeling pretty good!

  7. I finished a revision (is it ever really finished though?) and started a new draft. 2013 goal will be to finish that draft by early spring. I've never set reading goals, as in total numbers, but I should think about what types of books I want to read - and branch out a bit - more poetry, short stories, maybe a memoir or biography. Best of luck in 2013, Jessica!

  8. These are some great goals. I really need to get around to doing that too, and to make sure that I actually work at meeting them. :)

  9. Looks like you accomplished a lot this year, even despite everything else you had going on. Yay for you!

    I can't even remember what I promised myself at the start of 2012--I should go back and look at that :)