- There's little excuse for forgetting them.
- You are more likely to focus on achieving goals which have been carved in ink.
- Ticking them off once achieved is the BEST BIT.
- What stories sold or did well in competitions - what themes, which magazines & competitions?
- Where did your pitches get a good reception?
- What themes/concepts were successful for your features/articles?
- Only wrote one article in 2011 (was concentrating on fiction). Although it was instantly rejected by The Lady (the fastest rejection ever) the same piece later won a non-fiction article competition and earned its keep.
- Second pitch to another magazine was successful (should come out 2012).
Goal for 2012: Pitch at least one feature a month.
- Flash fiction stories had greater success in competitions.
- Comic themed short stories did well in competitions.
- Did well in competitions which were specifically targeted i.e. researched previous winners, what judges liked, what did well, wrote new stories.
Conclusion: Flash fiction stories tended to be comic in tone - so write more comic pieces. Continue to target competitions and always write NEW pieces for these.
Goal for 2012: Target new competitions. Enter up to 4 a month - write new stories whenever possible.
Phew, I think that's enough for now. The indoor writer used to be a Team Manager so she can go on a bit about goal setting. I'm signing off now before she starts on SMART objectives ... OINK!