The last page of 2012 has been logged into the history books. Reviewing my writing performance for the year, I see a strong start to 2o12 that ran into some bumps later in the year. I met some goals; I failed to meet others, but overall I was pretty happy with the year.
Last January I set five writing goals:
- Write and/or edit at least 700 words per day. I made my daily writing goal. I wrote or edited 304,252 words, which works out to 753 words per day (excluding November). More importantly I wrote on 333 of 366 days (91%). I started the year strong, and faded a little through the second half, but I consistently made my minimum daily targets. My writing was split among short stories (41%), my novel (17%), web posts (13%), story critiques (26%), and other writing-related things like interviews (3%).
- Complete NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in November). In November, I completed NaNoWriMo. I wrote over 52,000 words, mostly in a new novel set in the same world as my story “Dreams in Dust.” While I didn’t finish the first draft, I continue to make progress on it, and I’m nearing the 2/3 mark of the book. I hope to finish the first draft this spring.
- Finish at least twelve short stories. I completed only eight new short stories this year, and I left about a half-dozen more on the table. I’m disappointed I didn’t hit my target on this one, because completing stories is the key to success. I’ll work harder on this in 2013.
- Make at least 60 story submissions or five sales. I made 59 story submissions this year, but more importantly I made 11 sales, including two sales to pro-rate magazines (“My Mask, Humanity” to Daily Science Fiction and “Dreams in Dust” to Lightspeed Magazine). As the year went along, I found that many of my submissions were making it past the first readers; thus they were sitting for a long time in editorial review. This reduced the number of times I could submit a rejected work. While my submission rate slowed in the later half of the year, it wasn’t because I was allowing stories to languish. I am very happy with my accomplishments on this important goal.
- Revise and submit my draft novel. Finally, I did not edit and submit the draft novel I finish in December 2011. I made some progress, but I didn’t get very far. I will need carry this goal over to 2013 and try to put more focus on it.
Overall, 2012 built on a strong 2011, and turned out to be a fairly good writing year, even though there were several area where I could improve. I continued to sell to pro-rate venues, and increased my total sales. I failed to finish many short stories, leaving too many drafts sitting around unfinished. I’m looking forward to building on my successes and improving on weaknesses in 2013.