This year, I am participating in Julie Hedlunds 1212 challenge. In case you are not familiar with 1212, it is an online forum that challenges writers to write one picture book manuscript every month for twelve months. I have further narrowed the 1212 challenge criteria for myself. My goal is to write twelve picture books in 2013 that involve . . . you guessed it . . . HORSES! I love the concrete timelines and goals of the 1212 challenge. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: A year from now, youll wish you started today.
So far, I am on track. I have revised my January manuscript approximately 8,000 times and it is ready to be submitted to the 1212 agent of the month (GULP!). My February manuscript is coming along and will, hopefully, be ready to be submitted to next months agent. I am excited to think that in one year I will have (at a minimum) twelve horsey picture book manuscripts in final form. At best, I will have a published picture book and/or the representation of an agent. What are your monthly goals? A year from now, what will you wish you started today?