Those who know me best can tell you that I can get a bit distracted (probably an understatement) by my many writing ideas. I have at least one new book idea a day, and it can be hard to resist the urge to start writing it. This is especially true in November when National Novel Writing Month rolls around and I want to participate by writing 50,000 words of a new novel.
This year, I’ve decided I will not write any new books! I have several books, from picture books to adult novels, in the revising stage. I’m not talking books that I’ve written three chapters of and abandoned — I’m talking full manuscripts of which I’ve written complete first, second or even third drafts! Many just need polishing to be ready to submit to agents and publishers. This is ridiculous!
I need to finish them. Therefore, my primary writing goal for 2020 is to finish the books I’ve already written. Nothing new until those are done.
There’s one exception to this rule, and that’s picture books. This year, I’ve joined the 12×12 Challenge. I will write 12 picture book drafts this year as part of that program, and will continue to revise the existing drafts I have (with the help of the many great members of that group).
I think that with focus and hard work, 2020 will be a great year for me professionally! What about you? What do you need to do to get your manuscript(s) publication ready?