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October 28th, 2004
2005 Writing Schedule/Goals

Yesterday I started putting together my 2005 writing schedule and goal page. I had one for 2004 and although I didn’t get everything I’d like accomplished, I’m pleased with how the year has gone. I’ve managed to write two novellas, two partial novellas, and two partial single titles. I’ve turned the last four in for consideration.

That of course doesn’t count the other stories I’ve started work on. I’m only counting what I’ve turned into my agent and editor. I’m hoping to submit one final thing before the year’s up. Okay, two, but I’m trying to be realistic. (Not something that I’m particularly good at. 😉

I’m also attempting to be even more organized next year. This takes actual planning and careful consideration of projects. I want to build on the releases from Brava, while still continuing to grow as a writer and gain readership. So far, I only have a few projects picked out to work on next year. I’m sure this will change as books are accepted or rejected.

With all that happening, I was curious what writing plans you have for 2005. Let me know.

17 comments to “2005 Writing Schedule/Goals”

  1. Given all the non-writing stuff I have going on — teaching, studying, working, parenting — I’ve lowered my expectations and goals for 2005. I just want to finish one book. Just one… from there, I’m willing to write more, to pursue publication, but I need to get past the first finish line.


  2. Mariann, If you have that much going on, I’d say one book is a noble endeavor. Hang in there. I expect to hear all about that one book by the end of next year. 🙂


  3. I’ve gotten a lot accomplished in 2004. I’m trying NOT to set goals for 2005– with a new baby coming in February I know perfectly well any goals I set are unlikely to be met. Is it a reasonable goal to say I’d like to get SOMETHING written next year around the new baby?? Something… anything! I’m not proud!


  4. I’m glad I came out to your blog. I’ve been thinking I need to set my plan and goals for 2005.


  5. heehhe Ellen is duly excused *ggg* I’m teasing but what a great excuse to NOT set goals! Congrats on your upcoming event.

    To be honest, I haven’t thought about 2005 goals. My goal for the end of this year is to finish revising 2 more bluebonnet books. For 2005 I have (I Think) 2 straight chick lit books I’d like to write as well as at least one more bluebonnet book and finish another (one I started but never finished).


  6. Ellen,

    Congratulations on your upcoming event.:-) I’d say that’s a pretty good reason for not making goals. My best friend and my sister-in-law are both due in the next two months. I’ll be an Aunt in Nov. and Dec.


  7. Goals for 2005? Really, I can’t make any until I figured out what sold and what didn’t. I wrote a long post here and then cut it. LOL


  8. Teresa, I don’t think it’s too early to start planning for next year. I had several other things on my 2004 list that just didn’t happen (by that I mean I didn’t finish them). The only important thing is to have an idea of where you’d like to go with your career. Like many of you, I write for a living. I can’t control whether NY buys anymore work from me. I can control the work I put together and send out. I know I can sell to the online publishers, so that’s what I’m trying to organize now. I need to figure out what I’m going to write for NY and what I’m going to write for the online pubs, so that I have releases at the beginning of the year (my Bravas) and at least two toward the end of the year (epubs). I’ve done a horrible job at keeping my name out there this year. The rule of thumb, according to Stephanie Bond, is to have at LEAST one release a year.


  9. Cece, What are bluebonnet books? I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never heard of them.


  10. Sylvia,My 2005 writing goals are not written in stone. 😉 I may very well have to change things around if something sells. I had to do that last year. I’d just started AQ4 when I finaled in the Lori Foster/Kensington Brava contest. I had to stop that story and switch to finishing the novella just in case Kensington requested it. To say that was hard, is an understatement, but thank goodness I did. I was really into my Atlanteans at the time. I think that’s why it’s been so difficult to go back now and try to finish AQ4. I’m completely out of the mindset. Anyway, I always redo my writing schedule if something sells that way I can’t beat myself up for not accomplishing everything on the list. Well I try not to anyhow. (wg)


  11. Hmm, my writing plans…well, WRITING-wise, I plan to finish Flat Line for and ST publisher, and I want to write at least one more novella for Brava.

    As far as general writing goals, I’m making a strong push for publication by subbing one ms. and one novella to publishers, and I’m entering two mss. in the GH, and I’m querying agents. After that, not sure! *g*


  12. Larissa, Sounds like you have a hardy plan of attack for next year. 🙂 Good luck to you!


  13. Jordan bad me…that’s what I call them. Bluebonnet is a fictitious town in S. Central Texas and so far everything I’ve written is set there. I guess that’s what happens when you walk around with a whole family in your head for two years (did I say that out loud? LOL). So they’re all linked but can stand alone.

    I gotta admit right now I’m debating working on them or doing something NOT set in Bluebonnet (I’m feeling a little discouraged and worried about having all my eggs in one basket per se). BUT I have to finish the current one for the GH (so that’s my challenge).


  14. Cece, Thanks for clearing that up. I started thinking it was a new ‘line’. 😉 I can understand the need to work on something else, if the stories haven’t garnered interest yet. It sounds like you know what you need to do, since the GH is the goal. 🙂 Keep at it and remember Christine Feehan had written four or five of the Carpathians before she ever sold.


  15. You already saw mine, but again, in 2005, since my writing has grown so much stronger and is continuing to grow, I hope to complete at least 2 historical romances and two chick-lit/action/adventure novels. I’m also going to be entering into a publisher sponsored chick-lit contest and hope that I win!(fingers crossed *G*). My goals aren’t set in stone, but I am working as hard as I can right now, to the end of the year to set everything up for Jan 1,2005.


  16. Sidonie, That’s pretty much my plan. One last push for the year to set up for the beginning of next year.


  17. My 2005 writing plans are like Sylvia’s. Totally dependent on whether projects I’ve got out with publishers at the moment are accepted. If I get a ‘yes’ on something, then I work out with my agent and editor what’s wanted from me, and what I can realistically supply whilst balancing writing with my web design business. Basically, I have to do the things that are likely to be best financially… as I have to eat! 🙂