#65 - Starting Anew

The new year is always a good time to look at our lives and re-asses goals, ambitions, and plans for the future. At the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I planned to sit down every January 1st and make a video of ourselves talking about the past year and our goals going forward into the future. We did that for a few years and it's fun to look back on those videos and watch ourselves grow and progress. Unfortunately, it has been several years since we did that. Maybe even as many as 8 years. I feel really badly about that, but the only time is now, and we are going to sit down this year with our kids and talk about our year and about our goals for 2009.

One of my goals is to finish the first draft of the book I started writing a decade or so ago. Tristi Pinkston is challenging writers everywhere to join her book-in-a-month challenge for the month of January. Rather than challenging us just to write a new book like NaNoWriMo does, she is aiming this challenge at any writing goals, whether they be finishing a first draft, editing a finished book, sending out query letters, or whatever our goals are as we move forward in our writing careers.

NaNo really moved my first draft forward in a way it never would have happened without the challenge, so I've decided to take up Tristi's challenge and see if I can get this first draft finished in the next month. My official goal is to write 30,000 new words in the coming month.

I'll be updating this blog over the next few weeks with reports on my progress, so stop in often to keep me accountable and cheer me on! :)

1 comment:

  1. I love the new year because I like having a clean slate. Granted, that slate doesn't stay very clean very long. Sigh. And I have to say, one of my goals this year - starting this January - is to actually start my novel. I've worked through my general plot and I'm going to start my first (probably very rough) draft. Woo-hoo! You can be sure that I'll be asking you for advice and positive reinforcement. ;) Good luck with all your goals!


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