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When I plan my yearly writing goals I'm usually over ambitious. This year, instead of committing to a new feature project, another pilot script, and a script sale, I settled on a list that will challenge me, but won't leave me wanting to kill myself if I fall short.

I enjoyed my writing last year, perhaps more than ever. But the rejections came thick and fast, culminating in the collapse of a project I had been working on for years (which I may or may not write about in the future).

With those setbacks fresh in my mind, I struggled to get down on paper where I wanted to go next.

One takeaway from last year's writing stuck with me. I enjoyed the sprints of television writing (a spec and a pilot), and at the moment I'm not ready to dive back into a new feature project.

Goals for 2013

Get an agent and/or manager.
Write a polished television spec and apply to TV writing fellowships.
Revise feature screenplays.
Write and direct a short script, or scenes from my one-hour pilot script.
Write and publish a short story.

Work Habits

Speed up.
Write two hours a day, every day.
Take writing breaks to avoid burn out. Break in the summer, and again at Christmas.
Make writing the first thing I do each day
Sleep well. Be good to yourself and others.
Foster relationships.
Use my day job as a reporter to advance my writing career. Call entertainment lawyers, and use press credentials to access film industry events.
Focus on work that will get immediate recognition - blog, short stories, short script/film, and articles.

As the year progresses I can go back to this list and adjust accordingly. But if nothing else, I'm now holding myself a little more accountable.

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keep up the hard work Matt.... good luck to you

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstu morton

Thanks Stu!

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Reynolds

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