Goals for 2018

(With a title like that, you know what you’re getting, don’t you?)

Two nights ago, at the first Plot Sisters‘ meeting of 2018, we went around the room and spoke about our writing goals. We could have also spoken about life goals—those are just as important to the six of us—but time on Thursday nights is limited.

I won’t share what my sisters’ goals are, but I will share mine.

  1. Find a home for “Personal Chaos,” a short story.
  2. Revise my query letter for After We’ve Fallen.
  3. Enter my short story, “Chasing Maggie Finnegan,” in the Masters Review contest.
  4. Enter the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. writing contest (yes, I’m an at-large member).
  5. Look into Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars.
  6. Submit an application for AWP’s Writer to Writer mentorship program (I’m a member of that organization, too).
  7. Decide which route I’m going to take: traditional publishing or self-publishing.

I left the broadest goal for last because I think some of my decision will depend on what happens if I achieve a few of the goals that come before it. And I’m okay with that. My life is so full right now that I can’t expect that decision to be made overnight.

What did happen overnight, you ask? I was filled with the energy of my writing group as I sat down the morning following our meeting. And wouldn’t you know it, within the space of a few hours, I had already crossed off three items on my list: #3, #4 (I entered two different times!), and #6.

It felt great to feel so accomplished, and that feeling carried me through until I realized that I should have been even more specific with my goals. So I’m throwing these revisions out to the Universe:

  1. Find a home for “Personal Chaos,” a short story.
  2. Revise my query letter for After We’ve Fallen.
  3. Enter my Have my short story, “Chasing Maggie Finnegan,” place in the Masters Review contest.
  4. Enter the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. writing contest (yes, I’m at at-large member) and place.
  5. Look into Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars.
  6. Submit an application for AWP’s Writer to Writer mentorship program (I’m a member of that organization, too)  and get accepted.
  7. Decide which route I’m going to take: traditional publishing or self-publishing.

There you have it folks! What are goals you’d be willing to share with me?

 

 

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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.

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