Friday, February 3, 2017

My 5 Writing Goals For the Year

With the start of a new year, most people set goals to improve their life in some way.  For the past year I've been in a lull with my writing . So my goals for the year focus on that. I've stuck with them for the month of January and feel motivated to keep it up. The hardest thing about any goal is getting started. Once I made the decision to do it, I didn't look back.

            My 5 Writing Goals for the Year:

    1. Write something every day regardless if I feel motivated or not.

    2.  Finish projects already started. I've finished one young adult novel I started two years ago.  I sent it off  for edits and look forward to getting it back. It feels great to know I accomplished this. While I'm waiting, I'm working on a young adult novella I started last year.

  3.  Improve! I'm sure the goal of every writer is to improve their craft. I took an inventory of my strengths and areas of improvement as a writer, My plan is to zero in on the areas of improvement, focusing on one at a time.

  4.  Read and review books in my genre. It might seem strange to list this as a writing goal. I've found this really does make me a better writer.  Reading in my genre motivates me. Reviewing helps me to focus on the essence of the story and what captured my attention. What worked and what didn't. Looking critically at a story from a reader's point of view gives me the big picture of what readers in my genre are looking for.

  5.  Connect with other authors. I've slacked the past year on this. Relationships with other authors is so valuable.  We support each other and give advice. Share new marketing ideas and promote each other.  I miss this and look forward to reconnecting.

There you have it. My goals for the year.  One year gives us 365 chances to succeed.