For three years in a row around New Year’s Day, I wrote a list of writing goals. These kept me motivated and putting that info out into the world also made me feel held accountable. “Yes, I WILL write 50 poems this year because someone will know if I don’t!”
I didn’t write out any goals for 2015. I’d hit a rut. Dealing with a lot of rejections for my book. Not writing as much. Then Sewanee and writing so much I didn’t care about goals. I wanted every word I wrote to be something. 2015 has been a good developmental year.
Here are the numbers:
37~number of pages written in new novel
23~number of new poems written
21~number of rejections (4 for the book, the rest poems)
15~number of active submissions (5 for the book, the rest poems)
7~number of acceptances (all poems)
1~number of writers’ conferences attended
My goal for 2016 is simple: get at least 30 rejections.
If I’m getting rejected, I’m sending work out. If I’m sending work out, I’m trying.
I fantasize that I’ll also finish my novel, but I’m expecting those next 200+ pages may take longer than a year to finish.
Let us all get rejected a lot this year, friends. Happy New Year!