Last year I asked a group of talented, generous writers to share the top three things they wanted to achieve in 2012. I’ve decided to make this post a New Year’s tradition, so I invited several authors to share their 2013 plans. Once again, my friends and I have writing goals – but we’re also seeking laughter, patience, love and change. Read on to discover the other delightful items on our wish lists. And if you haven’t written your goals yet, grab a pen. Here’s to a fun, fabulous year!
- Last year I wanted to change everything, from my hairstyle to my home. I only managed to snag a new job, but I’m officially declaring that in 2013 my house goes on the market. I’ll wait for the universe to reveal where this change of address will take me. The hair stays – for now.
- Last year I resolved to take on self-publishing and websites. I’m happy to report I did launch my debut novel and the website goal worked out really well. This year my intention is to see my Alexa rating dip below 200,000 and to publish a blogging tutorial for authors. More about that soon!
- I planned lots of fun travel for 2012 and failed to follow through on any of it. I’d still love to catch a glimpse of the beach in Oregon, and since my dog Frank and I plan to be semi-homeless at some point, here’s hoping we can take that sandy walk this year.
(1) I’m still writing the same book as last year, and I’ve discovered that in order to “complete and sell a really freaking fantastic manuscript” (as per my 2012 goal), it’s going to take a little longer than originally anticipated. I do know that it will get finished this year, however, and so my new 2013 goal is to be really freaking happy with it once it’s done.
(2) Spend more time laughing with family and friends. Milk-streaming-through-nose kind of moments, that’s what I’ll be aiming for this year. I have some hilarious people in my life, but I think I underutilize them.
(3) Develop a consistent meditation practice. Om.
Terri Giuliano Long
In 2013, I resolve to cherish my family and friends, to live and to love.
In November, my daughter unexpectedly lost her boyfriend. Being present for her forced me to step back, examine my priorities, consider what’s truly important. It isn’t work or money or bestseller lists or great reviews, though all those are nice. It’s people. Take away anything else and life goes on. Without the people we love, we have nothing.
In 2013, I resolve to learn from my mistakes.
Since publishing In Leah’s Wake I’ve made a lot of mistakes, spent money on things that provided little return, took wrong turns, spent time on email or frittered away hours on social media that should have been devoted to writing, getting my second book finished, edited, designed, on the market. Although I’m working hard on the novel and hope to launch sometime this winter or spring, it’s long past due.
In 2013, I resolve to be more patient, to do things right the first time, to say no more often.
This will be hard, but I resolve to be, or at least try to be, more patient—taking the time, doing something right the first time is far easier and takes less time than a do-over (if you’re lucky enough to get one). I resolve to say “no” when “no” is appropriate, and “yes” when it isn’t. I resolve to listen to my own voice and rely on the people I care about and trust, and tune out the haters. I resolve to maintain a positive attitude, even when I feel like screaming.
In 2013, I resolve to continue to depend on my assistant so I’ll have time to work on my other resolutions!
Last year I resolved to slow down, consider what’s important, spend more time with my family. I’m pleased to say that I’ve actually done it. In March I began working with my phenomenal assistant, Donna Brown, and without her —this is no exaggeration—I’d be utterly lost. With her help, I’ve scaled back, returned to a life that’s actually sane. If Donna can put up with me, I hope we work together for a long, long time to come!
(1) Publish 2 novels and a How-To book.
(2) Break into libraries and independent bookstores across the U.S.
(3) Continue to nurture my marriage, and help our six young adult children pursue their dreams.
My new book, Broken Pieces, is just out, and right now I’m focused on marketing that. In 2013 I want to accomplish these goals:
(1) Finish my fourth book in the SNARK series, Chickspeak: Uncovered, and release by summer.
(2) Continue growing my social media/book marketing business BadRedheadMedia.com.
(3) Eat less Nutella (like that will ever happen).
(1) My latest book and the last in the Crown Phoenix series, The South Sea Bubble, is nearly complete. I plan to nudge that little bird out of the nest in 2013 … first, I’ll need to accomplish goal #2:
(2) Beta reads, full copy and line edit, more beta reads, and a thorough format!
(3) Then I’m looking forward to returning to The Gramophone Society for a thorough edit to make the manuscript more cohesive and coherent.
Once those two are finished I can begin on a few ideas that have been rattling around in that crowded attic I call a brain!
My top 3 goals for 2013:
(1) Solidify which novel I am writing, then actually write it in 2013, dang it!!
(2) Devote more time to my health.
(3) Raise my awareness of those who suffer locally and globally, and continue to give.
Please leave a comment and share YOUR top 3 goals for 2013 – We’d love to hear what you’ll be up to!
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