2019 Writing Goals

I’ve seen this floating around on twitter, and thought I’d document my own personal writing goals for the new year in this week’s post. And so, when I inevitably feel myself slacking, I can look back on this post and hopefully give myself a good kick in the rear. When plans remain in a nebulous state, I have difficulty sticking to them, so I’m going to use this post as my reminder.

1.) Land an agent.
The loftiest, most important goal I’ve got for the year, and I’ve already been putting my all into the effort.

2.) Complete AT LEAST the first draft of another manuscript. Ideally, I’d like to finish more than that, but I’m hoping that a low bar will make it easier for me to achieve the goal, if not surpass it. And I fully intend to surpass it, but it’s contingent on outside factors I can’t predict at the moment.

3.) Outline THREE other major projects.
I am terrible about putting ideas down on paper/in Word when I first have them, or else I make note of them, but my notes are so vague I forget the original intention behind them. So, since I’ve got a lot of major plans rattling around in the ol’ noggin, I’m going to be better at making detailed outlines for my ideas so when the time comes to flesh them out, I’ve got the material on hand.

4.) Be more organized.
This is a general life thing (and my godmother got me an awesome planner for Christmas that I can’t wait to use) but also for writing. I’m pretty good about staying organized with my writing in general, but I want to really amp it up in the new year. Like… no more naming documents drtyugiojpk.docx and such.

5.) Stay positive.
I think it’s important to keep my chin up when it comes to writing and beyond. And y’all should, too.

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Resolve

I know making resolutions for the new year is horrendously cliche, and about 90% of them are doomed to failure, but I’m going to do it anyway, and hope I have enough resolve in me to keep them. Nothing that will change the world, but will hopefully change me.

Firstly, I need to fix my posture. Because GOOD LORD, I am a real sloucher these days. It’s terrible. This includes less “lay down on the couch” writing time and more “sitting in a good chair” writing time.

Next, I need to get out more. Just in general. Even if it’s just a solo trip to the coffee shop.

I will also be making an effort to be more organized. I’m actually not that bad with it, but I have a nasty habit of letting mail sit around for too long, so it piles up and then becomes a real chore to file/shred. I’m actually sitting next to a pile of unsorted mail right now!

But more than anything, I want to get another book out. 2017 was a less-than-stellar writing year for me, as I didn’t produce anything of substance except for a manuscript I’ve been trimming and editing for over a year. Now that it’s finally taken a more complete shape, the fiddling and messing around with it will soon stop, and I have angled my hopes to set sail for 2018. No more fear, no more doubt holding me back. I want to have a much more productive writing year in 2018, and it’s all on me to make it happen.

I also want to see at least 30 films in theaters (no repeats!) and read 110 books.

2017 was a rough year for me, though I know it was even rougher for far more people. I don’t intend to change the world in 2018, or make miracles happen or anything too dramatic. These are just small personal changes that I look to make as the rough edges of 2017 fade into the distance, but if I can accomplish them all, I hope it will mean that I can look back on 2018 with pride.

Happy New Year, all – and if you’ve made a resolution for 2018, I hope you have the resolve to stick to it.

 

 

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