This is a continuation from Monday’s blog, The Serendipity of Christmas Generosity. It took time to get to the place where I was ready to commit to writing after the events described in my previous post. But that bit of serendipity certainly affected what I’ve done this past year as well as where I’m going next year. In this series I want to share why I’m setting goals for the upcoming year and then post mine over several blogs to discuss why these are important for me this year.
If you watch much sports that is by nature low scoring you see a lot of emotion when someone does score. It’s exciting and the crowd goes crazy. The goal is to score and win. As an author, my goal is to publish repeatedly, maybe become somewhat well-known and possibly make a living at it. But I can’t do that without some smaller goals.
I believe goals are important. Without them you aren’t likely to accomplish anything. I also believe in planning to meet goals. I really never set goals for 2014 until late in the year and that’s probably one reason why I didn’t complete more his year even though I’ve done a lot as a writer.
So as part of developing and setting goals for 2015 I’m blogging about them. Maybe I’ll even update my progress on them throughout the years. One reason I want to set goals is that I’m inching closer to publishing my first novel so I want to be organized about what I’m doing in order proceed in a timely manner.
As a matter of distinction, I’m not setting New Year’s resolutions for my writing. My goals are actually geared toward my growth as an author so I’m not resolving to change anything unless perhaps it is to improve my writing craft. I’m mainly addressing the need to project ahead or have a vision for what I will be doing.
1. I want to make more connections with local writer groups. Why? Short answer: for more support as a writer. I’m already a member of Rave Reviews Book Club which is fantastic but I also want to for more local connections as well.
2. Read and review more books. I’m not big on reviewing but it’s a requirement for Rave Reviews Book Club (where I am privileged to be a VIP Membe)r to review 4 books in a calendar year. Also, it helps to post a few reviews on Goodreads and Amazon for the interaction.
3. If time and money allow, I want to attend two writers conferences. I already attend one locally but I’m looking for another one that won’t break the budget to attend or require long distance travel.
4. Publish my first novel – but maybe slide in one or two more since I have several drafts at or near completion already. The additional books would depend on available funds to develop them.
5. Submit six short stories to fiction markets during the year. I have several rough drafts finished or in process of completion so I need to begin submitting more of these.
6. Upgrade my website either with custom themes or by transitioning to a self-hosted site. This will require funding which is why I need to work on goals 4 and 5.
7. Improve as an author by continuing to learn my creative craft, being more disciplined, better organized, and better focused.
I’m still working on my list at the moment so I may update this. I do intend to share more discussion on why I’m setting these goals as a help to newer writers like me. If you know someone who is a new writer or having trouble progressing as an author, please share this blog series with them.
Are you setting goals as a writer? What goals are important to you this year? How do you plan to accomplish your goals for 2015? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.
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