We are into the second week of 2012. How’s it going with the goals you set for 2012? Or, are you like me — still in holiday mode, with an elusive cloud of possible goals floating around in your head?
A detailed “how-to” on setting goals appears on the blog, Writing-World.com:
So, here is my strategic goal:
I would like to have Broken Dolls published by a major, traditional press by 2013.
Here is a long-term goal:
I will have edits completed by June 30, 2012.
Here are a couple of short-term goals to work toward my long-term goal:
1) I will work at least two hours per day, five days per week, in my Internet-free zone.
2) I will send 15-25 edited pages to my editor each week.
What are your goals for 2012? Did they change after reading these posts?
This New York Times post, “Why Authors Tweet,” discusses why many authors tweet and why some don’t. It’s a subject many of my writer friends and I have debated. Author Jennifer Gilmore states: “On Twitter, I have a sense that people — those you know and those you don’t — read your work in a way I have not always felt in the world.”
However, Jeffrey Eugenides says that tweeting and other social media is “toxic to the kind of concentration fiction writing requires.”
And therein lies our dilemma, fellow writers. Do you tweet? If so, leave your tweet handle in a comment and I’ll follow you. I can always use a new challenge in balancing my social media time with my writing time. (Refer back to my short-term goal #1.)
There are certain words which by their nature, arise often in my writing. A few that I can think of off the top of my head are talk, walk, smile and look. DailyWritingTips.com posted 75 synonyms for “talk.” That’s right, 75!
And of course, thesaurus.com is always an excellent source of finding alternatives for oft-used words. Here’s the link for “look”:
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
When I’m writing, I’m listening. — Madeleine L’Engle
Now that I’ve completed my Mashup, I’m off to “listen” in my Internet-free zone. See you next week!