This has been on my mind since January 1st, so I decided I better post it before January ends!
If you read my last post of 2010, you may have noticed I didn't include "sign a book deal" as one of my New Year's Resolutions.
I would obviously love to sign a book deal! But I've found that for my own sanity -- such as it is [insert cackle] -- it's better to list goals that are within my control, rather than goals that rely on the decisions of other people. That way, achieving them might be difficult, but at least it won't be out of my hands.
So, what can I control?
I can control whether I research my subject and genre. I can control whether I get up at 7am each morning to write before work. I can control the quality of my spelling, grammar, sentence structure and prose. I can control making revisions based on my agent's and other trusted readers' notes. I can control working on my craft and striving to always improve.
What I can't control is the marketplace, the state of the industry, or whether someone says "Yes." I can only write the best book I can write, and then revise it, and revise it, and polish it, and polish it.
I guess my goal is to keep on truckin', no matter what.
Do your goals rely on your behavior, or on someone else's?