Writing Goals for 2014: Building a Sustainable Writing Life

My goals for 2014 keep me company at work Each January I try to set goals for myself for the coming year. Writing down my goals helps me visualize the smaller steps I need to take to meet those targets. As suggested by countless other writers, I try to keep my goals focused on actionsContinue reading “Writing Goals for 2014: Building a Sustainable Writing Life”

Australian Women Writers Challenge

This year I’m challenging myself to read more books by Australian women authors as part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge. My specific self-challenge is to read six books by Australian women authors in 2013. Here are two of the books I’m planning to read this year: The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo LanaganSelkiesContinue reading “Australian Women Writers Challenge”

Goals for 2013: Looking Back and Moving Forward

I recently looked at the goals that I set for myself for 2012, and I’m really pleased at how many of them I’ve met. Here were my goals for 2012 and my assessment of whether I met them:  Finish my MFA thesis – Check! My MFA thesis is completed, turned in, defended, I graduated!, andContinue reading “Goals for 2013: Looking Back and Moving Forward”

Big Ideas and Permissions

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night.   You can only see as far as your headlights,  but you can make the whole trip that way.”  – E. L. Doctorow I’m slowly growing more comfortable with the idea of stepping into a novel without a detailed outline. I’ve tried making an outline usingContinue reading “Big Ideas and Permissions”

Organization: Submission Board

When I have writer’s block, I organize.  Sometimes it’s furniture, sometimes wall decorations, but often my organizing has to do with my writing. Organizing helps me stay up to date on my projects, reminds me of goals I’ve set, and unearths old stories I once thought were rubbish but now think are quite ok. MyContinue reading “Organization: Submission Board”

Write-a-thon Goals and Moving Forward

I got an envelope from Clarion West in the mail today, which always makes me happy. Inside were two pieces of paper: a flyer for the instructor reading series and an invitation to the Friday night parties. This year’s Clarion West Readings and Parties I can’t show you the second piece of paper in detailContinue reading “Write-a-thon Goals and Moving Forward”