Writing Tip #63

Setting (and reaching) goals. I had one New Year’s resolution for 2011: to read more. Plain and simple. And I’m happy to say that I reached that goal. I was shooting for a modest one book a month and wound up reading 16:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (fiction)
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua (nonfiction)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (classic fiction)
  • Supreme Justice by Philip Margolin (fiction)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA fiction)
  • I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman (fiction)
  • Half a Life by Darin Strauss (nonfiction)
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory (fiction)
  • Sweet Valley High: Double Love by Francine Pascal (YA fiction)
  • Sweet Valley High: Secrets (YA fiction)
  • Sweet Valley High: Playing with Fire (YA fiction)
  • Sweet Valley Confidential: 10 Years Later (fiction)
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman (literary fiction)
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (fiction)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (classic fiction)
  • Fallen by Karin Slaughter (crime fiction)
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (YA fiction)

And right now I’m in the middle of The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson.

For 2012, the plan is the same, to continue reading, but I’ve added two bold writing resolutions:

  • To finish the final draft of In the Red (the first draft is nearly completed);
  • To finish the first draft of Baby Carter (the sequel to Baby Grand).

I think it’s important to set goals for yourself. They can help guide you along your path — as long as they’re realistically attainable. Will I reach my writing goals for 2012? Who knows. I hope so. And I intend to make it so, and that’s good enough for me!

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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