Looking Into 2010

Once upon a time, I used to do a yearly recap of the ending year accompanied by a predictions/goals list for the upcoming year.  I quit that at least a year ago.  It no longer seemed relevant.  Or, I just got lazy and didn’t want to put the effort into it.  Both are, most likely, equally responsible.  But, with the newness of this blog, I feel that I should revamp at least part of that tradition.  So, here’s my list of writing/reading goals for the year 2010.

In no particular order.

I would like to read more.  It’s hard to find the time to read, but I think I can squeeze a bit more in.  My goodreads list shows a total of 26 books read in 2009.  That’s one every other week.  Rock on.  There are even a few non-fiction books in the mix which always slows me down some.  I’m reading one now and it’s taking a bit longer than most fiction books.  I also foresee reading Dome by Stephen King sometime in 2010 and so a 1000+ page book is likely to slow me down a bit as well.  As much as I’d like to reach the 52 book mark like Jake did, I just don’t see it as being a possibility.  But, I’d like to read somewhere around 30-35.

I’d like to write more.  That seems like a weak goal until you consider that 2009 was the first year that I participated and won NaNoWriMo.  I wrote more in November 2009 than I have my entire life.  Writing more in 2010 then becomes a pretty awesome goal.  I’d like to see that number doubled, at least.  So, 100k words is the set goal of the moment.  That doesn’t count blog posts or articles, only fiction work.

This next goal will help with the last.  I’ll finish my NaNo novel.  I’ve added only about 1500 words since the end of November, and really need to get back on the horse. Doing so should add about 30k words towards the year long goal.  And maybe a NaNo novel again should get me very close to that 100k goal.  It’s not what I would consider professional writer numbers, but I’ve still got a full time job and two kids, so we’ll start low and work our way towards that.

That’s it.  I could get all detailed, but I always think that a few precise goals is much better than a bunch of less precise non-goals that are more resolutions.  If you can’t measure it, it’s horribly easy to let slide.  For instance, if I said that I wanted to write better in 2010, who gets to judge that?  Me.  So, even if I feel that I haven’t improved all that much, I certainly can tell myself that I did.  Where’s the fun in that?

What about you?  What are your 2010 writing goals?

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