Thursday, January 30, 2014

Teen Book Chat

Hey guys!
In January I started something.  But I didn't write a post about it because I'm just silly like that.  Instead I just put the button in the sidebar and decided to see who would click it.

As many of you might know, I joined Twitter a few months ago.  And then I just kind of sat there for a weeks months.  Every so often I would poke Twitter with a stick and mutter, "What is it?  Is it alive?  What am I supposed to do?"  And then I began to realize how cool Twitter was.  I wish it was something I used sooner and something I used more.

After some research, I decided to launch a monthly Twitter Chat and see what would happen.  The first chat took place the first Monday of January.  While there weren't a ton of people joining in, I really enjoyed myself and decided to keep the project going for at least another month.

The next Teen Book Chat takes place Monday, February 3 on Twitter at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.  The first hour of the chat, we'll discuss the four questions, one every fifteen minutes.  For the last half an hour, we'll just have an open chat relating to the topic or other things YA books. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TBkChat to keep in the chat.  February's topic is : Being a Teen Reader Today.

The questions for February are:
Q1 Do you think being an active teen reader is more accepted now than before the success of books like #HarryPotter?
Q2 Do you think the internet has made reading into less of a solitary hobby, with things like Tumblr and fanfiction sites?
Q3 Do you think interactive fan websites with forums and such encourage a love of books or take time away from actually reading?
Q4 Do you use website to interact with other lovers of YA?  If so, which websites?

Please help spread the word about this chat.  If you have a blog, grab the button HTML in the sidebar.  If you know a few YA lovers who'd be interested, send them this link. The more people involved, the better!

I'm really excited about Teen Book Chat.  I feel like I have no great place where I can talk about books to teens who actually like to read.

Like I said, if this looks like something you'd be interested in, please blog, tweet, pin, and share Teen Book Chat.  You can find the official Blog, Twitter, and Pintrest Board here.  If you really don't want to miss the chat, set a reminder on your calender or phone.

We'd love to have you join the chat!  Comment if you think you might, or if you have an questions.

*Sidenote* Inklined turned two on Saturday.  It's hard to believe I started blogging over two years ago.  I've grown and changed a lot since then, but the choice to start blogging is one I still totally agree with.  Thanks for sticking with me.*

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Plotting with Frozen {Part 2}

Last Monday, I posted part one of this series (click here) which talked about Anna, the hero of Disney's movie, Frozen.  And while Anna and Elsa share the roll of main character in this story.  (I would say.)  I personally felt much more attracted to Elsa, who takes the roll of the anit-hero.

**This post will contain spoilers from the move Frozen, so read at your own discretion.**

I feel like people define anit-heroes differently.  For me, the term anti-hero can mean one of three things.
1) A person who does not want to go on a quest, adventure, ect. and is dragged along because they must.  Heroes go on quests because that's how they reach their goal.  Anti-heroes go on quests because there is no other option.
2) A person who's past has set them apart from everyone else.  The story starts when something from their past (normally the thing that set them apart) drags them back into reality.
3) A person whose goal is a negative.  Their goal is not to make something happen, but to keep something from happening.

I think Elsa is at least 2) and 3) if not all three. Anti-heroes are less typical, but Elsa fits in pretty well.

  • Elsa has a negative goal. She wants to not let her magic show.  She doesn't want to hurt anyone.
  • Elsa has a back-story.  In a novel, Elsa's back-story probably wouldn't be revealed until later in the novel, but since Frozen is a film, we see Elsa's tragic back-story right off the bat, with her almost killing her little sister, Anna, by accident. This is the incident that made Elsa recoil from the world around her.
  • We also have the Thing at Stake.  If Elsa fails to hide her power, she could be killed by her subjects, or she could get them hurt.
All of that information is pertanit to the story, but it doesn't make for much in terms of actual scenes. Let's look at those.
Act 1
  • Every god story has the Inciting Incident somewhere in the first chapter.  In Frozen, Elsa's inciting incident is facing her coronation day. She has shut herself away from people, but if she wants to be a good rules, she must face her subjects and make herself vulnerable.
  • Next you have the Initial Success.  In Frozen Elsa takes her gloves off for her coronation and doesn't let anyone see her powers.  Which of course means it's time for
  • The Initial Failure.  Elsa fails when she gets angry at Anna and lets lose her power.  She has failed her first goal, to conceal her magic from everyone.  
  • Reaction to Failure. One thing that I think separates anti-heroes from heroes is that anti-heroes take failure much harder than heroes.  In the case of Elsa, she uses her failure as a chance to run away from society, which she does with the song Let it Go.

*Just a note that in many anti-hero stories, Act 1 all happened before the opening of the story and it comes out as back-story.

Act 2
  • Anna finds Elsa and Someone Reaches Out to the Anti-Hero.
  • Refusal 1, Elsa rejects Anna.
  • Stakes are Raised, Elsa finds out that by using her powers, she's cast in kingdom into eternal winter.
  • In most anti-hero stories, there would be a few more chances for our hero to refuse, but because of the duel main characters for Frozen, Disney just didn't have time for that.
  • Then, near the end of act 2, the anit-hero is Forced to Rejoin Society.  In Elsa's case, she is literally knocked out and dragged back to the palace.
Act 3
  • In a Plot Twist, Elsa finds out that her sister, Anna, has frozen to death. She is tried with treason and things are looking bleak.
  • Elsa has a Dark Moment
  • Elsa Rallies.  She gets out of the palace and tries to leave society once more.
  • In the Climax, the Stakes are Raised when it looks like Prince Hans in going to kill Elsa.
  • Elsa lives and gets her victory.  It's an Assisted Victory, because Anna helped her, but a victory nonetheless.  Another sign that this is an anti-hero's story is that while the rally is made alone, the victory takes the help of society in an anti-hero story.
  • (Apparent) Personal Loss: Elsa has accidentally frozen Anna.
  • Happy Ending: Anna's act of true love for Elsa was enough to reverse her sister's magic.
  • Anti-Hero Rejoins Society: Elsa learns that love melts her magic, undoing it.  Shutter herself away all these years has just made the frozen-ness worse.  Now she can control her magic and therefore doesn't have to shut herself away. 

Before Story Opening:
Negative Goal.
Thing at Stake
Act 1
Inciting Incident 
Initial Success
The Initial Failure
Reaction to Failure
*Just a note that in many anti-hero stories, Act 1 all happened before the opening of the story and it comes out as back-story.

Act 2
Someone Reaches Out to the Anti-Hero
Refusal 1
Stakes are Raised
Additional Reaching Out
Forced to Rejoin Society.

Act 3
Plot Twist
Dark Moment
Rally Alone

Stakes are Raised 
Assisted Victory
(Apparent) Personal Loss:
Happy Ending
Anti-Hero Rejoins Society

This is the typical (as typical as you get) plot of a story with an anti-hero.  Next Monday, we might  have part 3 of this series, with Kristoff, the secondary character.

Have you seen Frozen?  Did you like Anna or Elsa better?  Which one do you think is the main character of Frozen? Are there any major plot points I left out?  Are there essential plot details that Frozen doesn't have?  Anything that's a little confusing?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Plotting with Frozen {Part 1}

By now, it feels like everyone who's anyone has seen Disney's newest movie, Frozen.  I only saw it a few days ago, so don't feel bad if you haven't seen it yet.  That said, I will suggest watching the movie before  reading this post, as it does contain spoilers.

So, Frozen was pretty great, right?  And it had a really great plot!  I found the plot so great that it bears examining.  Today, we'll be looking at Anna's plot.

Anna is your typical hero.
Act 1: 

  • Anna has a goal.  She knows what she wants and she's willing to fight for it.  Her goal is presented in the song, For the First Time in Forever.  See if you can pick up on it.
  • The only Thing at Stake is Anna's happiness.

Did you catch it?  Anna just wants company.  "For the first time in forever, I won't be alone."

  • Next, we need an Inciting Incident.  For Anna, this is meeting Prince Hans of the Southern Isles. 
  • Initial Success.  They have a cute musical number together.  He proposes after knowing her only a day.  Everything is going wonderfully.  
  • But then we have the Initial Failure, because when Anna asks Elsa for her blessing of their marriage, Elsa doesn't just say no.  She throws a monkey-wrench in Anna's new plan for life.  Elsa uses magic and then flees the kingdom.  This is in direct conflict of Anna's goal.  She wants the company of her sister just as much as the company of others.
Act 2:
  • Stakes are Raised.  If Anna fails, Arendelle will live under eternal winter.
  • Action 2: Anna sets out on a quest to find her sister and bring her back.
  • Failure 2: She doesn't know how to survive in the snow that Elsa has brought on Arendelle.
  • Action 3: Meets Kristoff.  He knows how to navigate in the snow and ice.
  • Failure 3: They don't know where Elsa is.
  • Action 4: They meet Olaf, who does know where Elsa is.
  • Failure 4: The loose the sled.
  • Success: They find Elsa.
Midpoint Plot Twist: Elsa doesn't want to come back to Arendelle and doesn't know how to unfreeze her country.
New Problem: Anna is dying because her heart is freezing.
Stakes are Raised: Anna might die.
  • Action 5: The trolls can help.
  • Failure 5: Trolls can't cure her, only giver her advice. An act of True Love and save Anna.
  • Action 6: The kiss of her true love, Prince Hans of the Southern Isles can cure her. They go back to find him.
Act 3:
Main Plot Twist: Prince Hans is a liar.  He isn't Anna's true love.  He just wants her kingdom.
Stakes are Raised: Now the political safety, as well as the physical safety of Arendelle is as stake.
Failure: Hans locks Anna in a room to die of her frozen heart.
Rally: Olaf finds Anna and tells her Kristoff might be her true, true love.

Action:  Anna sets off to find Kristoff.
Villain's Action: Tries to kill Elsa to seize the throne.
Anna's Choice: Save herself or Elsa.  There's not enough time for both.
Success: Saves Elsa, thwarts the villain, Prince Hans.
(Apparent) Personal Failure: Anna is frozen, and therefore has no hope of happiness (her initial goal).
Ending: Anna's act of true love for her sister is enough to thaw her freezing heart.  She now has Kristoff and her sister.  She is no longer alone.

Before story truly starts:
Hero's Goal

Act 1:
Inciting Incident
Initial Success
Initial Failure

Act 2:
Action & Failure (repeat)
Midpoint plot twist/Major Failure
New Problem
Stakes are Raised
Action & Failure (repeat)

Act 3:
Main Plot Twist
Stakes are Raised

Villain's Action
Hero's Choice
(Apparent) Failure of a Goal

This is the typical plot of a story with a hero.  Next Monday, we'll have part 2 of this series, with Elsa, the anti-hero.

Have you seen Frozen?  Are there any major plot points I left out?  Are there essential plot details that Frozen doesn't have?  Anything that's a little confusing?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Early Signs of a Writer

Guess what?  It's almost the weekend.  I know, I'm ready for spring break, too.

Emily in her outfit for
The Hobbit
When I was little, I wasn't the writer of the family.  The writer of the family was my cousin and (current) best friend, Emily.  Emily was awesome; she was older than me, she wrote stories, and owned a typewriter, and was always up for an adventure, especially if it involved horses.

So if you asked my grandparents when we were 10 year old, which one of us would spend our high school years persuading publishing and fiction writing, it would have been Emily.  I wasn't scribbling stories at an early age.  I didn't write stories until I was in middle school.

But looking back, there are a few signs of my writer-ly-ness when I was little.  In case you need to identify young writers near you, here are my early signs of a writer.

1) Imaginary friends
I had a whole host of imaginary friends as a child.  There was Kathy and Michel, and a whole bunch of others.  We had adventures, and went to tea parties, we played dress up and bugged my older siblings to death.  Looking back, these imaginary friends were just characters that lived in my head instead of my laptop. I had these imaginary friends when I was about 4 and they were the first signs that I'd become a writer.

2) Audiobooks
Before I could read well enough to read novels by myself, I started listening to audio books.  I listened to them all the time.  Even once I could read, I pretty much exclusively listened to audio books for a few years.  Listening to the words read aloud really helped me grow a love for words.  I think that these early audio books helped train my writing ear a lot.  Audiobooks read books into my soul, and I soaked them up.

3) Re-Reading Books
Once I branched into reading actual books as opposed to audio books, I starting re-reading books.  My family still thinks I'm crazy for reading books over and over again.  And it's not even my absolute favorite books (those I read tens of times.)  But even books that I sort of liked, I'll re-read.  When I was in elementary school, I did this even more.  Maybe I was just afraid of branching out to unknown sections of the library, but I read the same half dozen books four times apiece.  I've recently seen that this thing for rereading books is common among my fellow writers.  I think it's because we just love and 'get' the story and characters, and want to 'get' them even more.

4) Reading in Odd Places
I always loved to read.  I would have a book with me everywhere.  But if left to my own devices, I read books in odd places.  I read in trees and hammocks, on top of swing-sets and curled up in hot attics.  Sometimes I hid form my homework in a closet (books and a flashlight always came with.)  To me, reading wasn't boring, it was a romantic adventure to be embarked upon. And I loved starting my adventure in odd places.

What about you? Where there any early signs you'd be a writer?  Did you start drawing stories before you could write, or were you a little older when you found the writing life?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Support an Author 2014 Pledge

Why hello there!

I don't know about you, but I got some wonderful books for Christmas, including The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson and The Chicago Manual of Style.  But one thing my parents had a hard time understanding was my insistence that they buy me only new books when it came to fiction.

About this time last year, Jill Williamson posted this article on my favorite blog, Go Teen Writers.  Basically, it encouraged you to buy books new, to understand that the only way an author makes money is when you buy their books from book stores or places like Amazon or The Book Depository.

To understand this, let's take a brief look at how an author makes money.  Let's say that for every copy of a book sold, the author gets 10%.  That's quite nice.  I think the normal cut is more like 7-8% for a new author.  One of the books I want right now (The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson) is $11.76 in hardcover.  So if the author got 10%, she'd get about $1.18 for every book sold.  But then her agent takes their 15% of that, leaving the author only $1 for every new copy of her book that sells.

I don't know much about budgeting, but I know that in America, living on less than $25,000 is though.  That means the author would have to sell 25,000 books (in hardcover) to stay afloat.  Given that 15,000 hardcover books is a great number of hardcovers to sell, I think authors and use all the help they can get.

I don't buy a lot of books.  (I use my local library.)  I think I've bought three for myself, ever.  But this year, I'm taking a Support and Author pledge. I'm going to buy a new book every other month of 2014.  Six books might not sound like a lot to you, but trust me, on no allowance and no job, it is.  I'll do an update post with the books I bought, so you guys can keep up.

I know I'll be buying Sixteen by Emily Rachelle, which comes out in eight days, but I also might buy Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson, which doesn't come out until February.

I dare you to buy a book.  You don't have to buy six, just buy one more this year than last year.  Or buy a latest book from your favorite author, just be sure to buy it new.

What was the latest book you bought? Do you buy books?  Are you sure to buy new, or had it never crossed your mind?  Please leave a comment and let me know.

P.S. It's almost my 2nd blog birthday.  I would love to get to 100 followers, so if you've been reading but aren't a follower, maybe think about joining?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

55 Reading Related Questions

I saw Bethany at The Ramblings of a Young Author post this, and I couldn't resist joining in.

1. Favorite childhood book? 
I was read to a lot as a child, so this one is a tough choice.  I really liked Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher when my mom read it to me. I made her read it at least 4 times.  I also loved The Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald, which my dad read to me.  Winkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle was the first book I read in one sitting, but Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede was the first I read multiple times.  When I was 10 or 11 my sister read me Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw and my ultimate favorite book, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, but I don't know if those count as childhood.

2. What are you reading right now? The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson.

3. What books do you have on request at the library? Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum and The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale.

4. Bad book habit?
I check out way too many books from the library at a time.  I never read them all, but I keep doing it, "just in case."  Plus, I know it helps books in my genre with good covers and good looking stories stay in circulation longer.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
*see 4* My library doesn't have late fees, which totally enables me.  Currently I have 22 Checkout, which include House of Hades by Rick Riordan, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, and Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carringer.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes, I have a Kindle PaperWhite.  I also have the Kindle App on my iPod.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I'm generally reading one fiction book and listening to one or two audiobooks at a time.  I really love audio books.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? 
I read less, but I think I read better books, because I recognize book covers from interviews, blog tours, ect.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
I would really rather not say.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rea Carson.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
High fantasy is easy for me to read.  So is dystopian.  Also, for some reason, I tend to pick up a lot of books set in treatment centers for teenage girls.  I am dead serious when I say I don't know why.

13. Can you read in the car? 
Yes, thank goodness!

14. Favorite place to read?
The corner of my living-room couch, by the piano and windows.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
If I know you and it's a paperback, have at it.  If I trust you, and it's a hardcover, you may barrow it.  If it's signed, we'd better be best friends.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
No!  But most of my books are the library's.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
No. Again, library's.

18. Not even with text books?
No, that's what notebooks are for.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
I'm only fluent in English.

20. What makes you love a book?
Good character interaction and high stakes.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? 
If it left me with a good feeling and I think the person I'm recommending it to will honestly enjoy it.  Also, if it really made me think.

22. Favorite genre?
High fantasy.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? 
I wish I read more Supernatural.  I think it might be the next big thing.

24. Favourite biography?
I don't really read non-fiction.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Only if writing craft self-help books count.  :)

26. Favourite cookbook?
Allrecipes or Pintrest.  Who needs a really cookbook anymore?

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  Come to think of it, that book wasn't on my Goodreads account for having read this year, but it should have been on my best books of the year list.  It was amazing!

28. Favorite reading snack?
Chocolate chips and raisins, together.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  I won an autographed copy, so I waited to read it until my copy came in the mail. I heard it had a less than satisfying ending.  Half way through the book, I thought I guessed what it was.  I was wrong.  That was frustrating.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? 
Non very often, I tend to think the best about books I liked and struggle to find things I liked if I didn't like the book in general.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? 
I pretty much only write reviews to support an author, as I don't like reviews very much.  Normally I know the authors I want to support will be reading my review, and I also frequently have a close relationship with that author, so I feel awful about leaving anything less than a 5 star review.  If I would give the book 2 stars or less, I just don't post my review of it.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? 
French, I think.  But I would also love to be able to read Spanish or Chinese.

35. Favorite Poet?
I don't really like poetry, but I am a Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein fan.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
15-35. Like I said, I have a book problem.

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread? 
Yes, all the time.  I only read about 1/3 of the books I check out.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Either Gen or Helen from The Thief by Meagan Whalen Turner or maybe Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth.  (I didn't realize how much I loved Tris until I read this question.  And really, it's the Tris from Insurgent that I love.)

39. Favourite fictional villain?
I really like Valentine from The Mortal Instrument by Cassandra Clare.  As far as villains go, he's up there.  I'm also a fan of Guy of Gisborne from BBC's Robin Hood.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
A week at camp, maybe, but even then I read my Bible every day.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. 
I didn't even finish the first chapter of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I was listening to the audio book on the kitchen stereo while doing dishes.  My little brothers were in the room and after the third or fourth swear word, I had to turn it off.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Conversations, especially if they involve me.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? 
Holes by Louis Sachar and Anne of Green Gables L. L. Montgomery are both really good.  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins was amazing! And I'm always a sucker for any of Jane Austen's books.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Percy Jackson movies by Rick Riordan were really disappointing.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I don't buy a lot of books, so I think about $20, which is really only one book.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never.  Never, never, never.  I prefer not to even read the back cover or inside flap before starting a book.  I like to read the first sentence or paragraph to decide.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Mature content such as excessive sex or foul language,  my favorite character dying, or a really out-there plot twist.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes!  Recently I was very excited to realize I have a fantasy section, I sci-fi section, a contemporary section, and an non-fiction section spread out over various spaces in my bedroom.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? 
If I liked them, I want to keep them.  I have a bad habit of being less motivated to read a book if I own it, because it will be there forever, right?  Whereas my library books have to go back in 2-4 weeks.  But if I got a book for free and haven't read it in the first 6 months, it will probably end up on someone else's shelves.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan.  I have a really hard time with books split into that many POVs.

52. Name a book that made you angry. 
I think I already did this, but Alligiant by Veronica Roth.  Big time.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
I'm reading Thief of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan.  I thought it would be an easier book to get in to, but I'm having a hard time.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? 
Holiday morning reading when everyone else is sleeping.

This isn't an official tag, but if you'd like to copy these questions, feel free!
Thanks for reading. If you want, leave your answers to a few questions in the comments!

Monday, January 6, 2014

In 2013, I Did

This time last year, I posted a list of some things I really wanted to accomplish in 2013.
Of that list, here are some things I didn't accomplish:
Write at least 2K a week
Reach at least 200 Blog posts (that one made number 93)
Read 100 books
Practice piano every day (I quite piano this semester)
Memorize at least 52 Bible verses
Finish (completely) my first novel (I did make progress, though)
Send out query letters to agents (Nothing ready)

Keep my room much more clean then it currently is (Not if the current standard is anything to go on.)

But there were also some things I did do:
Finish two novels
Take part in the Go Teen Writers 100 for 100 contest and complete this time
Take part in a NaNoWriMo
Reach 75 blog followers
Read at least 2 writing books
Learn to drive
Meet faithfully with my mentor
Take the PSAT for real
Pratice for the SAT
Work on essay writing skills
Purposefully build strong relationships with other girls in my community
Become a leader in my youth group
Find/make more time for being with and hanging out with people

Critique someone else's novel and get mine critiqued--I only kind of did this.  I got mine critiqued, but I only critiqued a two partial stories and a full short story.

While there are some things I wish I had done that I didn't do, all in all, it's been a really great writing year.  

What about you?  What did you get done in 2013?  What did you want to do that you didn't?  What did you want to do that you hoped to?

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

In 2014, I Will

Happy New Year, guys! Around this time last year I posted a kind of New Year's Resolution post relating to blogging, writing, and life in general.

I think the list really helped me get motivated to push through with writing this year.  So I want to make another list, this time of things I want to do in 2014.

In 2014, I will
Finish my NaNo Novel
Win a NaNoWriMo
Edit my first novel
Win a Go Teen Writers 100-for-100 contest
Do major revisions on another novel
Reach 100 Blog followers (89, currently)
Reach 100 Twitter followers (61, currently)
Host a monthly Twitter Chat (Click here for more info)
Write at least 1K a week
Read 50 books, about 4 a month
Query literary agents with at least one project
Enter a writing contest (if possible)
Publish at least 250 blog posts (This is #160)
Read at least one craft book
Go to a book signing, if possible
Participate in some kind of writer event, if possible

That's my list of things I want to accomplish.  At some point I will probably add some sort of timeline.  Right now I'm focusing on finishing my NaNo novel first drafts.

I would really encourage you to make some kind of list of your own.  I find them really helpful.

What are some of your 2014 goals?  I'd love to know!  Or if you make a similar post, please leave me the link.

Thanks for reading!