Yesterday I met with the Second Tuesday group, and I asked one of the members what I should blog about today. (I’m always asking her, and she always comes up with great ideas.) Since the group had just talked about goals for 2013, she suggested that topic, but as I was driving home from the get-together, I thought about the topic in a different way.
Every January the majority of us make resolutions. Mine is always to lose weight. (And no, I haven’t met that one.) I also set writing related goals. I should write these goals down so I could pull them out and see how I did. (And maybe I did write them down, but if I did, I’ve forgotten where I put them.) I do remembering I wanted to finish the third book in my “Crows” series. (The P.J. Benson Mysteries.) Well, I haven’t accomplished that, but I am about a third of the way into the story. I know I also wanted to get my second book in that series out as an e-book. I think I’ll make that goal. I should have AS THE CROW FLIES available by the end of this week. (Yea!)
I know I also wanted to learn how to use Photoshop to make covers. I’ll admit I’m still in the learning stage, but I have come up with two covers, and I’m working on modifying a third cover. And because I have learned a little about making covers, I’ve also managed to get another of my previously published romances (Dark Temptation published by Loveswept in 1995) up as a Kindle’s Select offering. I renamed that book Haunted, and I’m curious to see if the Kindle Select program helps with sales.
So what about you? Did you write down your goals? Have you met them?
The main thing to remember is a goal is something you want to achieve. If you don’t make it, the world won’t end. If you didn’t achieve your goal, perhaps you were reaching too high, at least initially. Maybe you need to break that goal down into smaller steps. (For me, I think I need to set my 2013 goals at losing two pounds a month and writing one chapter a week. Oh, and I did meet my goal of getting the condo cleaned up before my husband returned.)
If you didn’t meet your 2012 goals, try something different in 2013. Find out what works for you.
Most of all, it’s important to make your goals realistic. Take a moment to consider your life: Do you have children? A husband who demands a portion of your time? Have you slowed down because of your age, illness, or an injury, or do the needs of aging parents take up more of your time? Do you have a job that demands a lot of your time and energy? If life were perfect, we writers wouldn’t need to work outside of the home, and we’d all have a “wife” (okay a slave) who made sure we weren’t interrupted, had meals prepared and served whenever we were hungry, and took care of all the household needs that tend to distract us from our writing.
But life isn’t perfect, so don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t meet your goals. Simply set some new goals for 2013 (and this time lets write them down) and we’ll see where we are the end of the year.