Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year! Happy New Goals! Part 2

Yesterday I blogged about how I did with my 2012 goals. Today I want to set some goals for 2013.

Just like last year, there are many things I want that are out of my control. I'm going to make my peace with that and focus on the things I can do.

2013 Goals

1. Start and finish a new project in 2013
I think it was pretty ridiculous to put a time limit on my drafting last year, especially because I ended up abandoning the original project. But I do want to continue my quest to become a more efficient writer.

I don't know what the future holds, so who knows if I'll have lots of revisions to work on this year or if I'll have nothing but free time. So I think (I hope) setting the goal of starting and finishing a new project at some point this year will give me enough wiggle room to get it done no matter what.

2. Try something new in my writing life
I don't know yet what this is going to entail, but I want to stretch myself as a writer and step out of my comfort zone in some way. So I'll be looking for opportunities this year to do something I've never done. Write a short story? Try a different genre for my next book? Try my hand at poetry? I don't know yet, but I think I'm at the point where I can stretch myself a little bit, and I think it will only help me become a better writer.

3. Read 52 books
This was my reading goal from last year, too, and I'm just going to leave it as-is instead of increasing it. I think a book a week while writing and teaching and living is a totally reasonable goal, and if I go over, like I did in 2012, then it's an awesome bonus.

However, this year I really want to support as many debut authors as I can. As more people I know from blogging/twitter/the writing community are getting published, I really want to help celebrate them, so I'm going to try to buy/read as many debuts as I can this year and help to cheerlead for those authors as much as possible.

Also, for the past couple of years, blog friends of mine like Katy and Erin have chosen a word to represent a focus for the coming year for them. I thought this was a fantastic idea, and I wanted to do the same.

For 2013, my focus word is


This past year was difficult, and, honestly, 2013 is going to continue to be difficult. I know that's not going to change...the only thing that will change is how I deal with everything that life throws at me. So I am going to choose to be positive and look at everything I can as an opportunity. I believe very much that you get out of the world what you put into it, and I don't want to poison the coming year with negativity. I'm all about creating a positive space in every part of my life.

What goals do you have for 2013?


  1. I love your word for 2013. I came up with my own - bravery. :)

    Good luck with all of your goals! I like the idea of trying something new in writing. I'd like to try writing outside of my usual genre at some point too.

    Here's hoping 2013 brings you a book deal!

  2. I could use a little POSITIVITY in my life as well. It's way too easy to get bogged down by discouragement and life in general. I'm going to make a concerted effort to stay positive this year. Great goals, Jessica! I hope 2013 is better than 2012 for you. :)

  3. One of my plans for this year is also to support debut authors. It's been fun following them on twitter and reading their blogs, and there are so many books coming out this year that I'm excited about.

    I've seen the focus word thing & I love the idea. I can't think of a word, though.

  4. I read Ghenet's word blog post earlier today and I was thinking my word this year would be 'focus,' but I much prefer POSITIVITY. Good call. 2012 was definitely NOT kind to me either, so I agree that choosing to be positive is the best way to deal with anything that happens in 2013.

    I hope this year will be much better for you :)

  5. I love your idea of supporting debut authors... I'm totally on board! And POSITIVITY is a perfect word for 2013. I think I might steal it as my follow-up word. It kind of goes along with ACCEPTANCE, right? :-)

  6. I love these goals, and I love that you're supporting debut authors. There are some awesome ones this year. And I think I'll second you and try to be positive this year.

  7. I love your resolutions (especially the idea to support debut authors--that's one of my goals, too!)and your word for 2013. My word is present, because I tend to get too wrapped up in what's ahead/in the past. I'm guessing that present and positivity are probably linked, and I'd do well to focus on both this year. :)

  8. I love your goals! I work best when I have a more open timeline too. And I love the word choice. I think I definitely need to adopt that one. Happy New Year! I hope your year is full of much happiness and success!

  9. Your #3 goal is like mine! I'm going to try and support debut authors too. I joined this goodreads group that is all about that (and has a challenge with it.)

    Happy new Year!