2018 Writing Goals

2018 writing goalsWe’re finally in the 2018 year and I feel more prepared than previous years. I have goals setup, broken down into quarterly goals, along with deadlines and hope that I’ll find this year to productive as well as successful.

I broke down my goals to work in three month increments. This way, I break goals down to measurable chunks. After each quarter, I sit down and revise/review goals to see which ones to keep or even remove. Some goals I’ll toss because they’re not practical at this time, or I didn’t really want the goal anyway. Other goals might require more time, more effort, or even help to achieve.

I also recognize that any goal or new habit will take time (and even setbacks) to finally reach the final victory. It took me almost two years to stop biting my fingernails because I’d end up biting them. I’d then start again. I kept doing this, finding new habits to help along the way. I’d keep finding setbacks. I incorporated some new things, and now I have long fingernails. Try and try again, you’ll get to where you want to go

My writing goals include;

Make writing a habit. This should be done as easily as I sip my morning coffee. Not that I do much writing in the mornings. I’m not a morning person. I prefer evenings. It’s quiet, no phone ringing, no noise in our little town, the cat is fed, husband is sleeping, and I get the peace and quiet I need to write.

Redesign my previous published works. I want to redo the covers, but update the interiors with some updated information. I then want to follow through with a marketing plan. The anthology series I want to redesign the covers so they can be a set.

Write prolifically. I hope to write regularly and publish what I write both fiction and non fiction. I have book outlines made, plots prepared. Now I just need that uninterrupted time block to get into the groove of writing. I made a do not disturb sign to hang on the doorknob as well.

Blog regularly. This means posts should be published regularly and along a schedule. I will blend the topics and printables that my writer’s group covers in their topics/workshops. I hope to offer online workshops as well to subscribers.

Use a standing desk. As I age (I turned 50 last October) I grow ever more concerned for my health. This means diet, of course, but also less sitting around. I bought a tray desk that works perfect as a standing desk but I can also use in bed, sitting on the couch, etc. I’m standing now as I type and it’s comfortable. I found the tray desk more solid than I thought, with enough room for laptop and mouse. It includes a small drawer you can store things in like pens and a small notebook.  http://amzn.to/2rhocVB

There are more resolutions but I wanted to share only the writing-related goals. with this blog.

Want to share your goals? Post in comments. I’d love to hear how others intend on reaching their goals.

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