Picking Goals When the Trees Are Autumnal

The time always comes when I have to make new writing goals, but I never like it. Right now, since I’m not under contract, I am at looser ends than usual.

My “business” goals are pretty well laid out for right now. I’m getting my author photo done, and my website re-design is in progress, and I’ve already set up a dozen or so guest blogs in conjunction with the release of my next novel, The Duke and the Pirate Queen.

It’s the writing goals I’m pondering. What to write next? What do I want to write? What do I feel enthusiastic about writing? What’s marketable?

I can’t seem to make any decisions. Not firm ones. I wrote a couple of synopses, and they felt flat; the process was like digging through mud with a teaspoon. I suspect I’m a bit burned out, after spending the last four years writing novels while holding down a full-time dayjob.

Along with drafting synopses, I’ve been reading research materials and looking at unfinished projects. I’ve been reading, because reading is one of my essential methods for filling up my brain with materials that will eventually compost into fiction. I’ve been reading a book on woolly mammoths (Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age) and enjoying it hugely (pun intended).

For the next few weeks, I think my goal is to read more and think about writing less.

Maybe something will shake loose.

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Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.