My resolution for 2010 was to read the Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O'Brien, in order. I knew up front I wouldn't be able to read all twenty-and-a-bit of them in one year, but I intended to read as many of them as I could. Well, that's what I did, and "as many as I could" turned out to be three: Master and Commander, Post Captain, and HMS Surprise, plus a little bit of the fourth (The Mauritius Command). Fairly pathetic, really, but I gave it my best shot. I intend to continue plugging away at them until I'm done, along with all the other reading I want to do.
In 2011 I need to get back on the writing horse in a big way, after the many Mars-related and travel-related disruptions of 2010. They were enjoyable and valuable disruptions, to be sure, but they did interfere with the word count. So my new year's resolution for 2011 is: finish and submit my current novel and make a good start on another novel.
To break down the elephant into smaller, more chewable chunks, I intend to attack this resolution as follows:
- Complete the first draft of the current novel by the end of the first quarter (March 31);
- Have the current novel critiqued, revise it, and submit it to at least one publisher by the end of the second quarter (June 30);
- Write at least 30,000 words on a second novel by the end of the third quarter (September 30);
- Have at least 60,000 words of draft on the second novel by the end of the year.
I know these goals are laughably unambitious by the standards of some of my writer friends, but for me they are a stretch. However, I think I can achieve them, with good quality, and if I can do this it'll be my best novel-writing year ever. Wish me luck!