Writerly resolutions for 2023

The big goal for the year is to get the novel third draft done. For that, I’m thinking I have the following measurable goals:

  1. Finish the last of the research reading  (only 6½ books right now).
  2. Character bios for major characters
  3. Do a highlighter read (per Matt Bell, pp. 128–133) 
  4. Read and annotate the printed manuscript based on bios, research notes and fresh eyes.
  5. Weasel word check (Bell, p. 141–4)
  6. Draft three to readers
  7. Draft four based on their comments
  8. Start querying

On top of that, I’ve got nine stories that have been workshopped and not either re-workshopped or pushed out of the nest and into the mean world of submissions. 

There’s also the fact that this is an odd-numbered year so I should buy a lottery ticket apply for an NEA grant and I’m also going to be bold and daring and apply for the Sozopol seminars as well.

And maybe I should get some new stories into workshopping while I’m at it.

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