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goals 2011: a book a year, a line a day

So I spent my holidays celebrating Christmas, my 11th anniversary, and, mostly…working on CROSSED.

CROSSED, you say? That book you’ve been working on for 14 months now?

Why, yes!

I am slow. I’ve mentioned before that I write at about a book-a-year-pace. So the fact that I’m (still) working on revising CROSSED is par for the course for me. I write just about every day (except for Sundays, and except for the 4-6 weeks I take off after finishing the full draft of the manuscript). So I put a lot of time in but I don’t write fast.

I am even slower at writing in my journal in that I never, ever, do it.

Which is why, when I saw this one sitting on the shelf at the bookstore, I thought, “Perfect for me!” I can write a line a day. I am all over that. And it can be anything–a funny kid quote, a menu, whatever I want.

And speaking of kid quotes…our family we say a goal and a hope for the new year at the dinner table on New Year’s Eve. When my oldest (age seven) said his “hope” for the year, it was, “I hope Mom finishes her book!”

Well played, kiddo. Well played. Me too.

What are your hopes and goals for 2011?

Also, P.S. I am going to start blogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the new year! (Let’s see if I can keep that up!) And I also posted the winners of SAPPHIQUE (see post below).




+ comments (23)
  • JenniElyse
    January 4, 2011

    I don’t ever write in my journal either. But, I do keep a blog, so I feel like that counts. Writing a line a day is a good goal to have!

    I have quite a few goals for 2011. But, my number 1 goal is to get through the year unscathed and with good grades in school. My semesters are really busy, so unscathed is a formidable goal. šŸ™‚



    • ally
      January 4, 2011

      I think that is a perfect goal, Jenni. Unscathed is always a VERY good thing! Good luck.



  • Krista Bulloch
    January 4, 2011

    I have that very journal! And I love it. I’m on year two so its fun to see what I was doing on a certain day last year.



    • ally
      January 4, 2011

      I love that you have the same journal, Krista. I wish we had kept this journal when we were roommates. Wouldn’t that have been fun? To go back and see how much popcorn and red Kool-Aid we consumed?



  • Emy Shin
    January 4, 2011

    I used to keep a journal, but that tapered off after high school. I’d really like to get back into the habit, also, and that journal looks really amazing. My hope for 2011 is to finish a novel. That’ll be a dream come true — but a dream that I can control.



    • ally
      January 4, 2011

      Emy, you CAN DO IT! And I haven’t really kept a journal since middle school. Which is why I want to start again. I mean, all the good things in life have happened to me since middle school and I haven’t even written them down!



  • Shari
    January 4, 2011

    I’m glad that I’m not the only slow one. I seriously thought I was. My goal is to get faster. We’ll see next year how that works out!



    • ally
      January 4, 2011

      Shari, please. You are not the only slow one! I found out that one of my favorite authors, Marilynne Robinson, takes years to write each book and that made me feel better. (Of course, I can’t write like she can, but I’ll take my consolation where I can get it.) šŸ˜‰



  • Gayle
    January 4, 2011

    A book a year is SLOW???

    Love the line a day diary. Great idea. Would love to see what they are in sum.



    • ally
      January 4, 2011

      Gayle, I know, right? I think a book a year feels plenty fast!

      I think I also like the book because it is blue and pretty. I’m a sucker for presentation.



  • FloeticFlo
    January 4, 2011

    I used to be really good about writing in my journal, but have really dropped off in this last year. So my goal is to get back into journaling more frequently. And writing more in general.



    • ally
      January 4, 2011

      Flo, that is a great goal. What are you writing right now?



  • Tiffany L.
    January 4, 2011

    My goal is to increase my stamina with my writing. I write fast, but can only muster about 600 words at a time, it seems. (Too many years as a journalist.) Also, to finally, finally, finish writing a novel.

    Happy New Year!



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      But at least you can write fast! That’s what I just can’t seem to do!



  • Kelly Allan
    January 5, 2011

    My goals for 2011 are to finish my book, promote my blog better, spend time with my three boys and renew my teaching license.

    (I’ve noticed we have a lot in common!)



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      Kelly, we really do! We are living the same life!



  • ShaydaBakhshi
    January 5, 2011

    That is the most beautiful little book! I want one now. I’ve managed to keep a journal-type thing going since I was about 12 (I’ll be 23 this year), but there are great long swathes of time where I don’t write at ALL. Particularly now that I blog.

    My goals this year are to finish another novel and [at least] start a second. I would definitely love to get some representation for the novel I’m querying, too. (That’s definitely less of a goal and more of a hope, considering I can only do so much, but here’s to hoping!)

    Anyway, happy writing! I think Donna Tartt said something along the lines of there’s nothing like spending TIME with a project to make it resonate; I don’t think you’re slow at all–I think you’re creating depth! šŸ™‚



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      Shayda, I LOVE that quote. Thank you for sharing it. And happy writing to you as well!



  • Connie
    January 5, 2011

    I’m not a writer just a reader but I would be willing to give that jornal a try.



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      So cute, isn’t it? I think it was the blue that drew me in.



  • Erin Jones
    January 6, 2011

    Love that journal! Just started year two in mine and I definitely agree that the pretty blue color keeps me coming back to it each night. Just enjoyed reading your book! As an aspiring writer, yet also a busy mom of two, would love to hear more in your blog about how in the world you find the time to write! Happy 2011!



  • Karen_St_Louis
    January 8, 2011

    I love your son’s wish for the new year. We had family prayers on New Year’s Eve and my 8-year-old son prayed that Mom would finish her book this year (our children think alike.)

    Let’s hope that God can’t resist a small boy’s prayer for his mother…



  • Nicole
    January 8, 2011

    I love writing in my journal. I think that may be a big reason why I love your book, Matched. The way Cassia thinks, as I read it on paper, is similar to the way I write and explain my feelings and the events in my life. I feel like I’m reading a page of my journal as I read Matched. I read a lot of me as I read about her. Good luck on your new years resolution, and I can’t wait for the next book! šŸ™‚




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