I wanted to finish a first draft of my third novel by the end of this month, and I have done that. I am not impressed by the draft, because it needs a mountain of work. I see numerous serious narrative issues that I will need to address in future drafts. In fact, I am not sure if I will continue with this one–I have to let it percolate for a while before I decide what to do with it.
This completion of the first draft does lead me directly to my next immediate writing goals. I intend to attack the completion of the third draft of my second book, a Young Adult novel over the next couple of months. I want to have a third version complete by the end of May, which is optimistic, or June at the very latest, which might be more realistic. If the third rewrite moves well, I will then aim for formal editing, and perhaps, just maybe, begin submitting it.
As the semester grows to a close, I will soon be able to finish my grading work and devote more time to the work on this revision. I hope I am able to complete this goal.