Annie On Writing

December 29, 2009

Dec 2009 Goals

Filed under: Goals,My Journey as a Writer — Annie Evett @ 12:43 am

The last goal setting review of the year. Having mulled over the years goals, I realize I need to be so much more specific with what I want and to be mindful on my outcomes aligning with my ethics and life purpose. – Which is all nice to say – but to put in to practice… phew….

Get a regular writing gig either print or internet

I have my second contract firmly in place with the training company and am busy researching and reading as much as I can before I start writing.  This ones on the emotional and psychological development of children under the age of 5.

For several months, I have been going back and forth with the editor of a womens magazine – UP with regards to publishing a short story of mine as well as an article on independence. Although it had been placed in the draft magazine, it was bumped and she has promised it will be in the next edition ( March I think?) The editor has been very encouraging and supportive and was very sorry about bumping me.. I guess thats the way it goes – so cross fingers for the next edition.

Fiction Friday every week

Have really enjoyed friday Fiction this month – its been effortless and fun. I’e also enjoyed the return of my ship mates from Captain Juan and look forward to regular installments from them next year.

Enter 4 short story comps this year.

This obviously wasn’t a priority for me – there are no end of opportunities out there – and I just didn’t pursue them. Too self conscious and far too much ego to be knocked back to enter it what it really comes down to.  I’ve been very interested in the One Brisbane short story comp… but where to starts?? which story??

Read one book a month

Given I’m focusing on short stories, I picked up the 2005 copy of One Brisbane – the annual short story comp which I have illusions of entering next year. ( Nov 2010 I think its due)  I go from excited as I am *certain* my storytelling is every bit as good as the winners – to sheer terror and dumb founded stillness, unable to start a piece for it.
As far as this goal for the year – I will keep it – given the pounding every speaker has with writers being readers as well.  I have feared “copying” styles or ideas and have avoided reading – but this has done my soul and my peace little good.  I’ve read books I would not normally read as part of this monthly goal – which is a good thing – broadening the old horizon as it were.
I’ve just breached the walls of  Vampire Porn ( well  – its softer cousin) and I  fear I have over indulged in its fluffy fangs over Xmas. There were suspicious book like gifts under our tree from people I KNOW  enjoy giving me these titles….. so I just HAD to read them.. and now have read 4 of them.. ( oh the shame!!!) Still not a bad effort to get this many books read this month….

Participate and complete NaNoWriMo  – Next YEAR

As I said in my Nov goal check up – if I don’t have the full 30 days – i won’t do it again. simply not worth the stress I put myself under.

Attend Byron Writers Festival as well as at least 2 professional development workshops

QWC have so many great master classes to attend, I just wish I could go to them all. Until I can self fund, I’ll have to pull my head in on this and just learn what i can from what I already have on offer – the myriad of books on editing and writing, and the sites with great articles ready to be read by me!  Theres no shortage – its just a selfish thing on my behalf of wanting that lifestyle…


1 Comment »

  1. I like that you’ve put your goals out there. Once they are written down, it’s a commitment but publishing them adds another level of accountability.


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — March 1, 2010 @ 4:02 am | Reply

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