2012 is a year filled with promise and potential. It’s a year with an extra day. It’s also, thanks to those Mayans, a year that may be filled with myth and mystery. I don’t know about you but I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year brings.

I’m also looking forward to making this year bigger and better than last year. I have big plans! I hope you do too. If those plans are still in the formulating stage or if they’re dreams right now and you haven’t begun to take action then this blog post series is for you.

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Sometimes it just takes a few hours of contemplation (I call it noodle-ing) to turn a dream into a goal. What’s the difference? A goal is a dream that you’ve written down. Goals have plans so you can take steps each day to make it a reality. Dreams are wonderful and as a writer I hope you embrace the concept of dreaming into your day and into your life.

However, you probably also want to achieve success with your writing. Maybe you want to publish with a mainstream publishing house. Maybe you want to self-publish. Maybe you want to earn enough to quit your day job or maybe you’re looking to finish a manuscript that you’re proud of.

The dream doesn’t matter as much as your desire to make it a reality. That’s what this worksheet is for. It’s a tool to help you take your dreams, get them down on paper, and start planning how you’re going to make them a reality.

Over the next few days I’ll post 5 simple questions. Answer the questions and the finished product will be your 2012 Romance Writing Plan.


#1 What Do You Want To Achieve In 2012?

No, I’m not talking about resolutions. I’m talking about turning your dreams into goals. What do you dream about? What do you keep planning on doing but aren’t really focusing on?

For example, do you have a completed manuscript that you’re shopping around to agents and publishers? If so, your goal might be to get that wonderful manuscript sold.

Maybe you’re working on your first novel and your goal is to have it finished, polished, and ready to go by the time the clock strikes 12 on midnight December 31st 2012.

Write it down. Document your romance writing goal. Grab a lovely moleskin journal – or any notebook of your choice. If you have more than one dream then prioritize them. Start with the one that you feel is most important or the one that really gets your heart racing with the possibility of success. When you close your eyes and envision success, what goal will get you there?