Monday, January 11, 2010

It was the year 2010...


I've been dragging my feet this year on making my 2010 goals. For obvious reasons (aka baby #4) this year is going to be a tad hectic. But, that's even more of a reason that I need to plan well! As we learned last week... it's not my strong suit!

Another part of my problem is that I'm at a cross roads in my writing, and still praying about my "next" step in my writing. One completed novel is the first in a 3 book series... and the second book is 1/2 done. Do I finish it now? Or should I leave that be, and go onto a new series until the first one sells?

So... I've bit my cheek, focused my eyes, and decided to put down goals as best I know how, but realizing that God might have different plans, and I need to be flexible. First... Let me share....

Krista's Rules for Goal Making

  1. PRAY about them. A goal is only as good as the God who inspires it.
  2. Make your goals attainable! "Finish writing 20 books and have 10 of them sell" is, well, unattainable. Unrealistic goals lead to shattered hopes which lead to feelings of failure which leads to the dreaded word "quit".
  3. But don’t sell yourself short. If you set the bar too low, you aren't challenging yourself to do better. Make a goal that you KNOW you can reach, then add an extra step that stretches you.
  4. Goals should be specific and measurable. If you can't measure a goal for completion, or if it is left up to interpretation, it is much easier to cheat. (i.e. I want to finish writing a book... but I never said how long it has to be (10K words will sell right?!?)
  5. Define the terms and time lines. Pace yourself, make some goals due earlier in the year, and some at the end of the year.
  6. Set long term and short term goals. Short term goals are specific and help you achieve your long term, more generic goals. "I want to publish a book" is a long term goal, and "Get x amount of words written" is a short term goal to work toward the big one.
  7. Have internal and external goals. Internal goals improve yourself and external goals are specific actions you want to complete. (i.e. I want to improve my writer habits = internal vs. I want to sell this book by x date = external.)
  8. Renegotiate when needed. If you're half-way through the year, and your goals are now unachievable due to circumstances called LIFE, it's easy to throw in the towel. Allow yourself to renegotiate. In the end, GOD should rule what you do, not some silly goal you set for yourself a few months ago before everything got crazy.

Okay, now that I've set up the rules... here are my goals.

1.) Finish LOL: Mission Peeps
  • Deadline: February 28th
  • Measurement: at least 85k words and "The End" is typed
2.) Finish 2nd round of edits on LFYISI.
  • Deadline: March 31st
  • Measurement: All major "content" and "research" issues are completed and incorporated into the book, and 1 more read through has been done. All crit group suggestions have been reviewed and incorporated.
3.) Rough Draft of new Stand-alone book.
  • Deadline: August 1st (aka baby's due date!)
  • Measurement: 80k words + written on a rough draft
I have other goals too that I won't share here right now... but they include things like entering X number of contests, attending conferences (although not sure that will happen this year), and submitting/following up with agents.

The point is, for me, if I don't have something to shoot for, nothing will get done. I'll piddle around doing little bits on a few things and won't concentrate on working towards a big goal. I may be lofty in my expectations, but like I said on Monday, I'm determined to get as much done PRIOR to baby's arrival in August.

Discussion: Have you set your 2010 writing goals yet???

20 comments:

Tabitha Bird said...

Exciting stuff Krista! I love your guidelines for making goals. I agree with them too.

My writing goals are to finish the third draft/rewrite of my memoir and to finish the rough draft of the novel I am working on.

All the best with your goals.

sherrinda said...

Oh goodness, you are way more ambitious than me. You can do it! You are amazing!

I hope to finish edits. Learn to write a synopsis. Enter a couple of contests. Start & finish new WIP. How's that? ;0)

Katie Ganshert said...

Excellent goals! I love your rules/guidelines for making goals. Oh so wise, Krista, my friend.

Jody Hedlund said...

Sounds like great goals, Krista!! I was wondering what you were thinking about going to conferences, especially ACFW after the baby is born! Will miss you if you can't make it, but you have plenty of time and plenty of other conferences to attend!

Krista Phillips said...

Jody, yes, I'm urging over conferences this year. PREVIOUSLY I'd planned to go to RWA (since it is Nashville) but it is the week before I'm due. LOL.

Baby would only be about 6 weeks at aCFW, so not sure that is happening either. BUT... if I somehow final in Genesis this year, I would seriously prayerfully consider it. However, I'd have my hubby and baby along (obviously they would stay in the room most of the time) It's only a 5 hour drive from here, so again, I'd at least pray about it.

Plus, I'd miss seeing everyone! :-( I think that's the worst part... But... alas, a baby is SO worth it!

Andrea said...

Great goals.
Blessings, andrea

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Wow, that's a great list and I LOVE your Rule #1!! I'm in the process of doing that right now.

I haven't set writing goals other than to revise TUO in 2010. Too many other things calling my attention in 2010. I'm even debating on whether to attend any writing conferences this year. I'm praying about it all.

Susan R. Mills said...

I've made some goals. They are definitely reachable and I plan on sticking with them to the end. Best of luck to you with yours.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

That's awesome! Great tips for goals too!

I'm waiting to see what life will look like post-move. Maybe that's not wise, but I don't want to set unrealistic goals.

T. Anne said...

Sounds like you have some great goals set up for yourself. Can't wait to see how your year shapes up. Love how you let the Lord lead you!

Koala Bear Writer said...

Great suggestions. Now I'm thinking about some writing goals for this year too... my writing has rather been in a rut lately, so maybe some goals would help give me a boost!

CMOM Productions said...

I certainly need to set a clear goal for myself this year. Good luck on your goals, but make sure you take care of yourself too. :)

Patti Lacy said...

Very exciting and inspirational, Krista!

Sigh. My goals are much more...viscous, shall we say?

Write. Every weekday. Read. Every day. Get that new proposal turned into the agent. Stop at 5:00 and enjoy family and friends. Exercise and eat well and walk humbly with God.

Oh, be a better sport at daily Trouble game with son (LOL)!

Patti
www.pattilacy.com/blog

Jessica said...

Kind of... LOL! I need to work on it more, esp. your point number one.
Love your goals! Are you a fast writer? I love your titles too.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Krista -

You can do it!

I'm planning on writing the first draft of book 3 in my series, editing book 1, and working on a collaborative project with a friend.

Right now, I'm in research mode, and can't wait to get down to the nitty gritty of writing.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

Wonderful goals, will be praying for you:)

Erica Vetsch said...

Still pondering my 2010 goals, and time is ticking away! ARGH!

Thanks for the motivation. I'm going to post on my new goals next week.

Lisa Jordan said...

I admire your goals, Krista. I especially appreciate the need to reevaluate when needed. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed by our goals that we forget it's okay to modify them to fit our circumstances. I wish you all the best, especially with baby #4 on the way.

Kara said...

Love your goals and I agree if you don't lay them out there you probably won't ever reach them!

Heather Sunseri said...

Great goals, Krista! I know you can do it!

Ummm, but wait a minute. Baby? Hold on...

Okay, I'm back. Yes, I missed the prior post. It was next in my Reader. I'm going backwards.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! Oh, my, goodness! That is so AWESOME! Squeeeeee! I can't believe I missed the big announcement. Yay for you, hubby and the rest of your family.