November brought an interesting challenge to my table, which I was all too happy to take on and enjoy. This was a great month of inspiration and writing.

1) Complete final draft of Novel #2.

Goal complete. :-)

2) Work on converting Novel #1 into first person.

Still on the shelf (and that’s okay).

3) Submit 5 pieces of writing.

I started November by joining the Writer’s Digest 2013 November Poem A Day Chapbook Challenge. In 30 days, I wrote 30 poems without missing a day or falling behind. There were times when I stared at a blank screen for hours and times when all I needed was five minutes to write my lines.  It was a remarkable experience and I’m so glad I stuck with it to the end.

The second phase of the challenge involves a competition in which the winner will receive publication of a chapbook. The completion of the November Challenge gives all participants a working draft of 30 poems, which then must be narrowed down to 20.

Throughout December I will be fine-tuning my manuscript for submission. The deadline for submissions is January 7, 2014, so I better get to work! This is my first shot at formatting a poetry manuscript, so if anyone has advice I’m all ears.

4) Submit three query letters for Novel #2

Goal complete! :-)

5) Continue building author platform.

Playing on Twitter almost every day panned out to seven new followers, which is definitely an improvement over losing followers last month. Plus, I’ve had fun coming up with 140 character musings.

Over on Facebook, I admit the Poem A Day Challenge stole some of my FB time. Hopefully, I’ll be positing a lot more as I work on my chapbook manuscript. I tend to post a lot when I’m editing, (and it’s usually pretty entertaining)!

My Facebook Page has grown from  341 to 344

On Twitter, my followers have grown from 543 to 550

Thanks so much to all my followers on social networks and on this blog. Your support and encouragement means so much!

6)  Read three books on the writing/publishing process.

Well, the two books I pulled off my shelf last month …

The Complete Idiots Guide to Getting Published

The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman

… now have a nice layer of dust on them.

I better get rolling on this goal!

7) Inspire others to keep writing.

As always, I can only hope I am a positive presence!

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How are you doing on your 2013 goals?

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c.b.w. 2013

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