Thursday, January 21, 2010

Goals for today/tonight

I am going to try and make daily goals and post them here. Hoping that will keep me moving forward. Having them in a public place, even if not a lot of people see them, may help. So here are the goals for today.

1. Do the final-final edit on the short piece I wrote this summer. I did one more quick one on it last night and tweaked only a couple of things. That was edit four on the piece. I want to go through it one more time tonight just to make sure nothing jumps out at me.

2. Do an initial edit on the piece I came across the other day. I think I did an edit on it right after I wrote it, but it could still use some work. Reading it the other night I came across some places that were confusing and could use a bit of polish.

3. Finish the search for markets for the piece from this summer. After looking a little deeper at one of the markets I had identified, I am not sure it's going to work now. The piece I have doesn't quite fit with others they have published in the past. I may still submit to them because it's close, but it may not be at the top of my target list.

I'll try and update this at the end of the day, hopefully checking all three things off this list.


  1. On #3, it's not your job to reject your own stories. That's what markets have readers and editors for.

    Figure out what's close, identify which markets will 1) pay you the most or 2) give your career a boost, and start submitting.

  2. Thanks for the good advice, Steve. Again I am self-editing when I don't need to.

  3. How about make a to do list of things you will do around the house? I think that sounds more appropriate.

    Your wife.