Well, it is that time of year again where I encourage writers to make GOALS instead of Resolutions.
In May of 2001, I listened to Henriette Anne Klauser speak about her book, Write It Down, Make It Happen, at the "Oklahoma Writer's Federation" conference. She told of her experience with writing down goals and how that was her first step toward achieving them.
She encouraged us to write down 10 goals. Somethings on my list were to be published in Woman's World, to be a public speaker, to go to the United Kingdom and to finish a book and get an agent. I've done it all.
I also wrote that I wanted to weigh 140 lbs. Oh well, like I said, most have happened.
January 1st is a great time to write down goals instead of resolutions. Dream big. Write your goals down, and be faithful to do your part. Rarely are things handed to us on a silver platter.
The reason I've been published is because I wrote something and submitted it.
My list last year were:
1. Finish and sell my nonfiction parenting book, "Now What Do I Do?" Almost finished and will be going to the publisher early summer.
2. Get a good start on my second novel, "Shifting Shadows." Sidetracked by a request to write a "how-to" on inspirational writing, due out early summer.
3. Make enough money from my writing and speaking to support my craft. Getting there.
4. Sell my novel, "In The Elephant's Shadow" and have a contract for "Shifting Shadows." Didn't make this one. However, I am rewriting Elephant's Shadow and turning it into a historical romance--a more marketable product.
5. Write a travel column for a newspaper. Mercifully, this didn't happen. Who has the time!
My goals for 2009 are:
1. Finish my rewrite and get it into the hands of my agent before the year is out.
2. To triple my speaking engagements.
3. Earn enough money from writing and speaking to pay for my travel.
4. To help 25 people get published.
5. For INSPIRE! to go into multiple printings.
How about you? What are some of your goals for 2009? Let me know in the comment portion of this blog.
ALSO, I mentioned above the writer's conference in Oklahoma. This is seriously a great conference. This year the Conference is, "WORD BY WORD," will be held April 30- May 2, 2009 at the Norman Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Norman, Oklahoma. The conference features approximately 25 authors, editors, and agents offering 40 informative programs to help writers learn to write better and get published.
For more information go to www.owfi.org
Now, start listing your GOALS!