I was recently inspired by this post from Natasha Lester to set myself some writing goals for the first time. As someone who works best when I have a deadline, and having recently been introduced to bullet journalling, I figured now was as good a time as any to focus on, and actively make time for, some realistic writing goals. 2017 will, however, be a busy year for me given that I need to finish my thesis and I’m also getting married, so I needed these goals to be realistic and, hopefully, achievable.
- Blog at least once a week on each of my blogs. This includes not only this blog, but my book review blog.
- In addition to my two ‘regular’ blogs, I also aim to blog on a private blog for the #52essays2017 challenge. I don’t know if I’ll have time to write an essay every week until after my thesis is handed in, but I’ll give it a red hot go.
- Send monthly newsletters to my subscribers. If you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter, why not sign up using the link in the left sidebar?
- Complete and submit my thesis by 26 May 2017.
- Work on a story at least once a fortnight (no word count). Once the thesis is submitted (i.e. from June onward) the target word count is 1,500 words per week (I realise this is low, but I need to get into a regular writing habit).
- Finish the ‘Build Your Author Platform’ course.
- Enrol in and complete the ‘Make Time to Write’ course.
- Attend a day at Adelaide Writers’ Week. Last year I took time off work and went every day, but I need to save my leave so am aiming to get there for one day over the weekend at least.
- Send a letter or an email to an author who inspires me.
- Publish a story (no word limit, and self-published is ok).
I think the above list is realistic, as long as I can remain focused and organised.
What are your writing goals for 2017?