Holiday hoopla: done. Sinus infection: defeated. School: begun. I am finally ready to start 2013 — just 9 days late.
Here are some of my reading and writing goals in 2013:
– Participate again in the 12×12 picture book writing challenge. I completed 12 picture book rough drafts in 2012. In 2013, my goals are slightly different — I’d like to complete at least 6 new drafts, and also revise 6 (or more) manuscripts from this year.
– Focus on writing craft by reading some of the craft books on my shelf. I tend to graze through these books rather than read them in a systematic, structured way. To support this goal, I will be hosting a read-along on my blog for WRITING PICTURE BOOKS by Ann Whitford Paul. I’ll do an official launch post next week, and will have the first check-in on February 5. If anyone wants to read along with me, now is a good time to dig out the book, find it at the library, or order it.
– Attend the SCBWI New England conference in May.
– Write and SUBMIT more poetry.
– Delve into chapter books by reading, reading, reading. I’ll also be lurking around the Chapter Book Challenge in March, though don’t plan to write a chapter book just yet. An outline would be a nice accomplishment, though.
– Do more submitting to contests including the Highlights fiction contest in January, and any contests held in the Children’s Writer newsletter this year. I’m also considering the NAESP contest in March and the Southwest Writers Conference contest in May. I’d love to hear from anyone with experience with these contests.
– Continue to review picture books for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
– Begin, tentatively, to submit some manuscripts…
– …and see where the year leads me.