Hello all, and happy second day of 2018! I would have published this post yesterday, but it wasn’t Tuesday, so it just had to wait :)
Anyway, on to business! Today’s “Writing Tuesday” feature is all about my writing goals for 2018 (stay tuned this Friday for my reading goals)! Without further ado, here they are:
Accumulate at least 100 rejections
This might seem like an odd thing to have as a goal, but I’ll explain it, with the caveat that I found this idea somewhere online and didn’t come up with it myself. Basically, this goal means you’re aiming for 100 rejections because it means you’ve submitted to at least 100 places. I’m broadening the category to include poems, essays, and books queries, so I shouldn’t have any problem reaching this number. It’s a way to increase productivity and to think about it in terms of what you can control: I can’t shoot for 100 acceptances, because once I’ve written and submitted a piece, it’s out of my hands. Rejections, though, are par for the course in submitting.
This goal encourages me to dream big and shoot for the sky. Want to write an op-ed? Send it to the New York Times! At the very worst, I'll be one step closer to your rejection goal!
This means I’m going to be writing and submitting a lot this year. I already have a novel ready to query, so that should get me some high numbers because the querying process is rife with rejections, but it means I need to be thinking more critically about topics for essays, need to write and pitch them wherever I see them fitting. It also means I need to get cracking submitting poems places!
Overall, I’m very excited about this goal!
Draft at least two new novels
I’m a pretty fast drafter, so this shouldn’t be a problem. I’m keeping it to two because last year I aimed for, like, four, and realized that was completely wild. I can in theory draft a novel in a month to a month and a half, but after that I’m gonna be burned out and need to take a few months to read, edit and do other non-novel-drafting things. Plus, I’m trying to slow down my process by outlining a bit more (one of my projects is a YA fantasy, which I’ve never done before, so I need lots of prep), and it’s not reasonable to think I’ll accomplish it all.
I already have two novels I’m ready to draft! So this goal should absolutely be manageable, and I’m holding out hope that I’ll actually surpass this number.
Foster writing friendships online and in-person
I’m committing to staying in Columbia for at least a year, and I want to spend that time becoming a part of writing communities! There are several ways to go about this: I can join the SCBWI group and look for critique partners or groups, and I can attend in-person NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) events.
I’m also hoping to become a bigger part of the writing community online, participating in hashtags and other fun things! Yay for writing friendship!
And of course, I want to further relationships already established by being a great critique partner to my existing CPs! Oh, and I may be applying for a few MFAs, so I'd love to make friends in those programs (should I make it in)!
Meet more literary heroes!
You may know I had the opportunity to meet Leigh Bardugo (!!!!!!!!) this September, and Emery Lord in May. It was such an honor and a joy and a pleasure and an ahhhhh to be able to meet and chat with some people who I greatly admire as writers and, well, people. In 2018, I want to do more of that! I’ll go to signings when possible, and hopefully I’ll be able to attend YALLFest in Charleston this November!
And I’ll continue interacting with people on Twitter! It’s so amazing that writers like Carlie Sorosiak and Sandhya Menon, two of my #faves, talk to me online and are so sweet, and I want to continue meeting and interacting with more writers in 2018!