They (yes, the infamous They) say when you write down your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them. Post them on your blog, and you’re hoping your friends will reward you with chocolate and wine to celebrate your success. Or console your failure.
Last year I hopped back into the kid-lit pool and began writing picture books again after a long absence. Thank you, Carol Bender, for letting me know about Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 group for picture book writers. It was so inspirational. I enrolled again for 2013. (In fact, I’m one of six administrators helping Julie this year. If you write or illustrate picture books, check it out. Last day to enroll is February 28.)
I also got back into writing poetry (a temporarily overlooked passion) when I wrote a poem every day in November to help raise funds and awareness for the Center for New Americans.
In 2013, I want to bump up my picture book and poetry writing efforts, so here are my goals for all to see.
- Write one new picture book manuscript each month.
- Revise one picture book manuscript each month.
- Submit one picture book manuscript to an agent or editor each month.
- Read 10 picture books each week.
- Follow Jane Yolen’s 2013 Poem-a-Day project (she e-mails a daily poem to her “subscribers”) and write one poem inspired by each of hers.
- Poem Volley with my friend Maureen Solomon, promising to write and return a poem within a week of receiving one from her.
So there you have it – goals written down and declared publicly. All that’s left to do is the work, and success is assured.
Oh, and friends? Please note.
My favorite wine is 7 Deadly Zins or any red from Jonathan Edwards Winery.