- I already have one project going and 2 potential projects coming, so my first goal is to complete those projects to the best of my abilities. No shortcuts, and no "just get it done" mentality. Just because it isn't personal work, doesn't mean I shouldn't put my whole heart into them.
- Read more books! Picture books and middle grade books (I've already read The One and Only Ivan and I'm onto The Land of Stories!) I really enjoy reading but I consider it leisure, therefore I push it aside so I can get my "actual" work done. But it's important to know the market I am working in and what else is out there. Plus, it rejuvenates me, and I need that often!
- Create a dummy. I have a picture book story that I wrote last year and I want to make it a full dummy to send out. This time it will be much less involved...I spent too much time making my last one. I need to find a happy medium between finished sketches and rough sketches.
- With this dummy I want to do another round of agent submissions. I've got my list going so I just need something new to submit! To tack onto this goal, I also want to submit my dummy to publishers. I didn't do that last time and I should!
- Start writing new stories...and finish them! I'm going to keep this goal pretty broad because writing is still so new for me that getting anything to a finished level is a huge accomplishment! I'm just going to go with ideas when they come and see which ones catch my interest more than others.
- Character development. I want to spend more time developing my characters and just letting them live in my sketchbook for awhile. Draw them in different situations and let their personalities grow and develop.
- Drawing kids. I have already started this goal after the SCBWI Conference, but I want to keep it going. I am interested in moving into some middle grade content to broaden my opportunities so drawing kids is very important!....and doing more black and white spots.
- More time for personal work. This is difficult to balance because bills need to be paid and I need to feed my husband, but I recently read a blog that talked about the importance of always doing personal work. So, for me that means taking a character, or a few, and making a short series (3-5 pieces) with them. Hopefully that will help me build my portfolio and give it some variety. It will also keep things fresh and manageable between working on huge, long-term projects.
Happy New Year, I hope and pray that it will be a year of big steps forward and growth for all of us! Who's with me!?