Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Writing 2013 - A Manifesto!

Posted by Jennifer Baylor at The Writing Cocoon.  
Filed under "The Writer's Desk"
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Happy New Year and welcome to 2013!

Time to post my 2013 writing goals. First off, I'd like to thank Lisa Walker England for her blog post 6 Reasons to Trash Your Creative Resolutions.

What a great post - hit all of my goal-setting issues right on the proverbial head. I highly recommend you read her post before finalizing your own goals for the year. My favorite part was the idea of a writing manifesto. Sounds so grand to say, "My Writing Manifesto." She has great links to creative manifestos to inspire you, too.

So, without further ado, here is my 2013 Writing Manifesto:

I believe that writing is one of the highest callings, and that we, as writers, have the power to help people to laugh, cry, think, or escape. We can make our readers feel empathy, anger, love, hate, wonder and joy. In short, we can shape reality with our words.
In 2013, I will embrace my writing with joy and a sense of responsibility, both to myself and to others. I will respect my projects and finish the stories I begin, then send them promptly out into the world. I will honor my writing time and space by setting and meeting challenging, yet realistic goals, and I will take steps every day to meet those goals. I will take pride in my work, approach it as a professional and share it with others.
Now, keeping in mind my manifesto and all the helpful advice I've received from my fellow writers on the web, I give you my 2013 Writing Goals:

  • I will write what I enjoy and send it out into the world, either by submitting to contests or publications or posting on my blog.
    • Write1/Submit1 - Write two short stories per month and submit to contests and publications. 24 short stories submitted by end of year.
    • Critique Group - find a critique group to join by the end of March.
    • WiP1(First Novel) - I will rewrite my first novel (WIP1) by June 1. Then I will send it to beta readers. By the end of 2013, it will be ready to query or self-publish (or both).
    • Skills development:
      • Free-write, every work day.
      • Read at least two books on writing. 
      • Take a writing class (signed up for one class) or attend a workshop.
      • Read a book or attend a workshop on editing/proofreading.
      • Read blogs and books on self-publishing.
  • I will write a minimum of 100,000 words in 2012. 
  • I will attend at least one writer's conference. (Possibly WFC in Oct.)
  • I will read 52 books. 
  • I will follow Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Freelancer's Survival Guide" and develop my professional writing career (it is not a hobby).
  • I will review these goals at least once per month and re-evaluate and revise as necessary.
  There it is - my high level plan-of-attack for 2013. Anyone else have their goals written down? Anyone looking to finish, self-publish or submit a novel in 2013?


  1. Liking your plan. All the best for 2013.

  2. Thanks, Debbie! I'm actually excited for 2013. Hope it lasts. All the best back at you.

  3. Sounds like a great plan, Jennifer. Sadly, I am submitting the same novel in 2013 that I started submitting in 2012, but maybe it will go somewhere this time (better query and all). Of course, there will be another one going out at some point, too.

  4. Not sadly, Jeff! You will be submitting TWO books this year, with ideas for a third. You are so far ahead of most aspiring writers, because you have actually finished, not one, but two books.