Like a lot of other things in my life, I try not to have expectations about my writing. I have learned, however, that living that way is dangerous because if you don't have goals then nothing happens.
I don't mean goals like “I want to be published,” because that's ephemeral. When I tried it my brain grabbed on to the NaNoWriMo “award” of a free proof copy through CreateSpace and said “If you do this, you'll be published!”
Which is just stupid, and a waste of brain space, so I over-rode it in rebellion and sent out a novel that wasn't ready. But I have a rejection to add to my collection, so it's all good. :)
But now I have to make goals, have expectations both for my writing and myself. I can't just float anymore, because I don't WANT to be back in the workforce a year from now.
So I'm writing down my goals.
1 Finish one new novel every two months
2 While writing one novel, edit another
3 Spend equal amounts of time writing and editing
4 Have one book ready for submission by month three
5 Start querying agents / publishers by month three
Goal #3 is important because otherwise I'd spend all my time writing and nothing would ever be ready for publication.
I need to keep the goals in mind or it may just end up “frittering” and I'd be looking for a job in six months. And I DON'T WANT THAT! If that happens, it will mean that I wasted everything I'd saved for this, wasted my best opportunity.
Wasted my dream.