This week’s Road Trip Wednesday question, set by the writer ladies at YA Highway, is:
What are your goals for the new year—for reading, writing, or other?
I don’t really have a big “2013 To-Do List.” There are things I want to accomplish this year. Some of these are:
- Revise/edit/polish the first draft of my WIP so it’s ready for beta readers–if it’s good enough.
- Assemble beta readers for my WIP (assuming it’s good enough).
- Write more short stories–perhaps even submit some for publication.
- Read more non-fiction. I’m pleased with the amount of fiction I’ve managed to get through (and enjoy) over the past few years, but my non-fiction (particularly theological and historical) reading has suffered as a result.
- Have time away from the writing desk–particularly with the family.
This is a really short list, but I think I can sum up my goals in two words: Balance and Perspective.
I want to make sure I give sufficient time to writing, reading, family, work, and so on without getting engrossed (or obsessed) with one to the expense of the others. And I want to keep a healthy perspective on them all–and on life as a whole. Life is short. There are things I want to accomplish, and there’s a good possibility I’ll be able to do those things in the time I have left. And there’s a very good possibility there will be things left undone. All I can do is try to be a good steward of the time I have, do as much as I can, and pray that it counts for something in the end.
How about you? Do you have plans, goals, hopes for 2013? You can share in the comments, or join the Road Trip (see the YA Highway blog for details).
And while you’re here, have you entered my Book of the Year Giveaway, yet? If you already own a copy of Tahereh Mafi’s amazing SHATTER ME, I am now offering an alternative selection: the sequel, UNRAVEL ME, which comes out on February 5th (I will pre-order it for the winner). The giveaway closes at midnight US ET, January 20th. Don’t leave it till the last minute!