Today I'm starting something new. In reading the wonderful IWSG posts for this month, I came across many writers who publicly announce their writing goals for the coming year. Several intrepid writers even listed their goals from the previous year and told us whether or not they accomplished them.
I found this to be very brave. Considering I'm not FEELING particularly brave, I thought I would "act as if" and follow suit. Consider this my first annual Goal Post!
There's a pun there...wait for it...you're welcome :)
But enough Tom-foolery! Do you make goals for the new year? Every new year? I do. I always have. When I was younger, I called them resolutions but now I know that's just a fancy word for "nice things I'd like to do but in all actuality will not". A dozen years or so ago I adopted the word "goals" for my plans for the new year. A goal is something you work towards. It's not wishful thinking. It's a plan and, if we stick to our plans, we are far more likely to find ourselves victorious than if we make a wish and send it up with a falling disco ball in NYC.
What are your goals for the new year? Do you write them down, outline them out, month by month, or simply type it into your phone and go about your merry way? I'm a planner. I write my goals down and try to dissect them, month by month, until I get to December. Or so I used to. I've found that does nothing but make me feel as if I'm constantly running behind. Sure, I've got the preliminary outline of this years' goals but I've decided to send it to File 13. Instead, I'm going to write them down, in a list, and leave it at that. Tack it to the wall so it stares me down each morning. No details, just a simple To Do list to keep me on track.
And I've decided to take it a step further and write it down -
- for all of YOU to see:
(This should have been my post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group last week. Or, instead, I'll start a Scared Out of My Wits Writer's Support Group. Consider this post number one. Memberships are available. All are welcome.)
2015 WRITING GOALS
2. Outline a collection of lifestyle books
3. Write, edit, and submit (eep!) 12 short stories
4. Write, edit, and submit (double eep!) 12 essays
5. Post three days a week RIGHT HERE
Maybe that looks like a lot to you; maybe it doesn't look like much at all. I am, however, going to go even further out on this shaky limb and elaborate:
1. This novel is actually the start of a new series, a series that has been mulling about in my brain for years but that I didn't even recognize as a series. It's NOT a genre I've previously been acquainted with. In fact, I'll go so far as to say I once said I'd NEVER write in this genre, no not me!!
2. Lifestyle books: not something I thought I'd ever do! Seriously, I love to READ lifestyle books and magazines but write them? Not I! That's for infinitely more qualified people than me.
3 & 4. A dozen short stories and essays. No worries. These are stories and essays that have been languishing, partially written, in file folders, for YEARS. Some were stories I submitted for course work during my degree program. They seriously need fresh air.
5. Ah, the blog-work. Ever since I left my full-time position at a desk job I've struggled with a regular blog posting schedule. This unfortunately also includes reading and commenting on the blogs of others. It takes me a week to weed through the IWSG posts that I enjoy AND to repay the visits made by others. I get frustrated and feel as if I'm letting everyone down. BUT I love it here. I love blogging and I love this community. It may take me a while to get to you, but get to you I shall! It's hard when you're not in front of a computer all day but I won't use that as an excuse any more.
Now I've done it. I've sent my writing goals out there into the Universe for all the blog world to see!! I could add a #6 which would be "Participate in the A-Z Challenge" but that's a given.
And I can't wait!
I can't wait to see what you all are up to this year, what you have planned. And I can't wait to see where these five goals will take me.
That you for allowing me to share them with you!
Cheers and Happy Writing New Year!! Here's to a year of hard work and goals accomplished and may we gather here next year with NEW goals and even BIGGER dreams!