Here's a sort of summary of what I'm thinking:
Writing-wise, here are my ultimate goals:
- To spend time writing and reading on projects that interest me.
- To share the results of those projects with as broad an audience as possible.
- To improve my skills/insight as a writer.
- To have my work fit well with my role as a Dad/Husband, and to have it generate income to help my family.
- Rewrite new novel (one more time. Submit it by end of year.).
- Edit plays for Collected Obsessions collection of one-acts. Write one new play to complete it.
- Write 4 (or so) new short plays. Bring new work to my Rhombus playwrights' group.
- Do freelance work to earn money.
- Write a complete draft of the half-finished full-length play that's been hanging around for much too long.
- Consider a start on the new YA novel I want to write (and for which I already have an outline). (this is a long shot goal, but it might make for a nice break from my other novel from time-to-time.)
- Work on one or two film projects. Participate in the 48 Hour Film Project late in the spring (on a crew or as a writer). Get involved with the Roxbury Film Festival. Maybe write a short film script on my own.
- Keep blogging, often.
audience (including books and published scripts sold): goal 4,800
performances: goal 52 (this is a nice round number--averaging a performance a week feels nice.)
- Submit 75 manuscripts.
- Submit 50 queries.
- (I need to keep in mind that I want to be a triple threat (film, theatre, fiction)—so I need to keep marketing in all three avenues.)
- Be active in the two Playwright Binges this year.
Income goals (from writing stuff and freelance work):
- Minimum: $6,000 (This keeps us out of trouble. It's a number that seems small and pathetic in the big world, but to people eking out a living in theatre or writing novels, this isn't as small as it looks. Some good freelance work will get me there)
- Medium goal: $12,000. (This allows us some travel and leeway and summer camps for the kids)
- Dreaming big goal: $20,000 (I have to work really hard or get lucky for this one, though the right freelance gigs could make it happen)
I have a whole table of project-by-project goals, plus other non-writing kind of stuff, that I won't include here. Still, that's basically what I'm after this year. I'm curious to see how it all works out.