Now that you're done envisioning an over-enthusiastic futbol announcer, let’s kick in the New Year with some shiny new writing goals, shall we?

I stumbled across my 2012 goals while cleaning out my room over the holiday break (shows you how much I looked at them throughout the year, doesn’t it?). But, guess what? I did pretty good. Of my two biggest goals—I achieved them both.

You know what else though? I realized I’m just a tad overambitious. See, those goals were two of about eight. I’d actually planned to draft two or three novels. Um, yeah. I did one.

So…this year, I’m reining in the focus. Not too long ago, I read this fantastic quote about making resolutions:

There are only two resolutions that matter.
1) Keep going
2) Pray more

That’s how I want to measure this next year.

And, just for fun, I picked three (only three!) specific writing goals:
  1. Complete a draft of Rules of Valor book 1
  2. Query Windfarer and Rain Reader
  3. Continue blogging and short story marketing
What does 2013 hold for you?


  1. I hope to finish my NaNo novel in 2013, among other things. I think it's great that you're ambitious. There's that saying about shooting for the moon and landing among the stars...

  2. Congrats on reaching those goals! Your over ambition seems to pay off ;)

  3. Those are two great goals. I know 2013 will be awesome.

  4. At least you managed to achieve two of your biggest goals! I've realised that some of my goals in recent years have been a bit over ambitious, so I've generalised this year and I feel a lot happier about them. I'm hoping to finish off an ongoing project, and then sit down to edit a lot of previous written work; keep going is also one of my goals for this year! Good luck, Nicole.

  5. It is tempting at the beginning of a new year to make a whole big shiny list of goals that would be better suited to a lifetime rather than just a year. :) Good luck with your new goals and congratulations on last year's accomplishments!

  6. Love the keep praying! Best wishes to you and your writing goals for 2013!

  7. Honestly, I've decided not to set any goals. I'm TERRIBLE with goals and deadlines. I'm just going to do my best and take the year as it comes.

  8. I like your enthusiasm and that quote fits perfectly for me. I hope you keep doing as well as have so far and never let your good spirits fall. Best wishes for 2013!

  9. Excellent goals! My goal this year is to become a little more self-sufficient and independent, which means I need to grow up a little. Scary times ahead!


  10. Good luck with your goals! Here are mine:

    1) Get my WIP, The Complete Guide to Being Evil, out to agents by July.
    2) Write and begin editing another book before the end of the year.

  11. Hopefully 2013 has publication in store for me. That's my goal, plus being happier. Maybe write a little more than I did last year. Simple, easy stuff, right?

  12. You're so right, those are the goals that matter! Good luck with your specific goals as well. I have a feeling you're not giving yourself enough credit for being awesome in 2012. May you 2013 be full of awesomeness!

  13. Cynthia - I love that saying! Good luck on the NaNo novel.

    T - Thanks!

    Miranda - You too.

    Fiona - Good for you! Sometimes editing is the most fun part. Good luck.

    Rachel - You too!

    Stephen - Prayer has a way of working, doesn't it? ;)

    Sarah - Sounds like a plan!

    Alex - Me too.

    Gina - Ditto!

    Jamie - Growing up is equal parts scary and exciting. ;)

    Laura - Awesome goals! Good luck on them.

    Mshatch - Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

    J.A. - Hope your year brims with awesomeness too.

  14. Great goals! Here's to a wonderful 2013!

  15. Good luck with your goals! Happy New Year!