I started this blog one year ago, as part of my writing goals for the year. July is always the month when I make my writing resolutions. January is always so busy. July (well, the end of July anyway) is usually a more reflective time. Reflection helps.
So, last year's goals:
1.Start a blog. (check). The reason for the blog was basically just to see if I could do it. And I needed some type of website to send people to that listed all of my books and I didn't know how to make a "real" website". Of course, my husband said he'd help me, but he still hasn't painted the bathroom that he bought the paint for three years ago........so not holding my breath.
I like having a blog. I like writing about writing. It makes me reflect.......
2.Draft a picture book manuscript each month: (err, check, I think). That would mean I should have 12 new drafts....hmm. I'll have to check for sure.*
3.Write one page a day on my middle grade novel. (check). It worked. I finished it in March! And then I revised it and such, but I really missed working on a longer piece a page per day, so I started two more projects that I try to finish a page on each day. Seriously, I write a page on these guys every day. (I even wrote on Christmas!) It might seem extreme to some, but it was a little attempt to honor a self-imposed oath of..........of what? I guess to take more seriously the part of me that writes.
4. Follow-up better on submissions. (err.......?). This is the hard part for me. The keeping track of which publisher I sent which manuscript to....because, ladies and gentlemen, they don't all like the same things! I sold one of the picture books this year, but I still struggle with keeping manuscripts "out there".
Goals for next year?
*I just checked.....12 new drafts this year!!!