1. Write two full length novels this year.
I'm a relatively slow writer. There are people (like the amazing Nicole Ciacchella and S.K. Falls) who can write books like Michelle Duggar can pop out babies. I envy those people. I used to blame my slowness on being a full-time teacher and mother. However, I am fortunate enough to be a part-time teacher this year. My excuses have been whittled away, but has my writing output increased? Um... nope. My house is cleaner. I'm getting more sleep. I work out four times a week. These things are important, but my recent obsession with Plants vs. Zombies is not. Maybe it's time to lose the ipad.
2. Try to write a serial.
S.K. Falls gets another shout out for her ability to write serials. (Check them out here.) And it's something I've always wanted to try. How awesome would it be to write a segment in couple of weeks. What an amazing feeling of accomplishment.
3. Deepen a new skill.
I am all about improving my writing skill, but I may have already read every book on writing know to man. That doesn't mean, however, I can stop learning. Some of our Infinite Ink authors are my heroes, and I've been studying their work for ways to improve my own. I also read a lot of Stephen King, hoping that his ability to write realistic dialogue and create amazing characters will rub off on me. (Please, Writing Gods, let it rub off on me.)
4. Attend a conference. Any conference.
I'm a home body if ever there was one. Conferences scare me. I'm also amazingly cheep, and conferences aren't free. This makes me very unlikely to attend anything, let alone a writer's conference. My hope is to get to attend UtopYAcon this year in Nashville. A.G. Henley is presenting, and she's amazing. Plus, Nashville is a sweet town I hear.
5. Stop chasing success. Live in the moment.
I'm a perfectionist, which has the fun side effect of making me constantly unhappy. Whatever I've accomplished is never enough. I'm always looking around that proverbial corner. And it sucks. I don't spend enough time enjoying how far I've come in the last seven years. Seven years ago I had never completed a novel. Now I have four for sale. (Here's my shameless plug. You can buy my newest book here.) Seven years ago writing was a hobby. Now it's a full time business. It's time I started appreciating what I have. It's time to breathe.
Well, there you have it. I'd love to hear from you about what your New Year's... eh hem... goals are for the new year. Drop me a line.
You can find out more about Katie French and her book on her About the Author page.