Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Submit More?

My writer friend Nancy Kopp says one of her goals for this year is to submit more, write more, read more. But what does "more" mean? Is that one submission per month, one essay per week, two books a month? Or 10 per month?

"More" is a typical word to include in New Year's resolutions, or goals, but how can you measure "more"? The operative word here is "measure." Maybe it's my former life working for a firm immersed in statistics, or maybe it's my socalled Type A personality, but I like to have a specific goal to work towards so that I know when I've met it, so I can get the satisfaction of checking it off a list, or just going "Yes!" to myself at the end of the week, or month, or whatever the goal's time frame was.

My submission goal for the past few years has been one submission per week, or at least 50 per year. That doesn't mean I submit every week, although I try. But it's been possible to catch up if I've fallen off the bandwagon as I invariably do when life gets in the way. So I know I can achieve 50 submissions a year; the question now is - shall I attempt a stretch goal this year and go for 100?


  1. I think we have to think in terms of "Is doubling my goal going to be possible?" I like to consider increasing goals in small steps. Maybe make it 60 submissions this year or seventy, but to up it to 100 might feel overwhelming. Should I doubledare you to try it, Annette? :)

  2. Interesting, Nancy. I hadn't thought of it that way. The goal of 100 came from the measure of 2 per week. So yes, doubledare me. I'm confident I can make, let's say, 70. How about you?