2013 Goals: Year In Review


When I set my 2013 goals, I had no idea just how much I’d learn from reaching some of the goals on my list and utterly failing at others. We all walk into goals with the best of intentions, but sometimes failing is just as important as succeeding. After all, without mistakes we’d never learn what doesn’t work.

For example, I learned setting sub-goals may be an organized way of thinking, but it doesn’t suit my writing process. My muse did not like the feeling of a micromanager hovering over her for most of the year, so the concept of sub-goals went out the window by June.

While I didn’t accomplish everything on my list, I still consider 2013 a very successful year in terms of writing. I ended up completing the goals that challenged me the most and pushed me to be a little braver.  By the end of the year I had a completed final draft for Novel #2 and I found the courage to pitch it. A few years ago, all of this would have been impossible for me to even consider. I’ve come a long way!

Like last year, I kept track of my goals on a makeshift spreadsheet. Here’s the rundown for each goal:

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I’m already putting together my goals for 2014. While I’m keeping them relatively simple, I’m also making sure they push me to go a little further.

How did you do on your 2013 goals?

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c.b.w. 2013


17 thoughts on “2013 Goals: Year In Review

  1. Oh my goodness.

    First wow and congratulations/kudos BIGtime!

    Second wow and I feel like a goalless slouch! 😉

    I seem to shy from goal-making as it seems the setting of them sends me into daunted avoidance mode. Enough about me though…have you ever felt that way about goals?

    Well you certainly inspire…thank you! 🙂


  2. Rita Ackerman

    You HAVE come a long way. Congratulations on so many goals met and/or accepted for what they are. And as for the last one, you inspire all of us all the time.


  3. I think learning that your muse does not want to be herded with sub goals (as if she is a sheep and you are the border collie) is a spectacular result from not meeting all of your goals this year. Finishing novel #2 and getting those query letters out is more than enough! Congrats on all that you accomplished this year.


  4. I could say you put me to shame, but I WON’T. I am happy for your success and I am inspired to keep at my very-slow-snail-pace because I must be a snail, moving slowly around big obstacles, but making it in the end.
    I love how your muse has an identity! Keep going!


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