For many years I truly hated setting goals. I didn’t understand how to do it properly, so I would end up with nebulous ideas of things I wanted to accomplish, without knowing how to go about it. In the end, I would never accomplish anything, and then I would feel like a failure.
But in the last few years I have come to truly enjoy making goals; so much so that I make yearly, monthly and even weekly goals! I think the difference has come from setting up actionable steps to accomplish those goals, and then checking in every month, to see that I’m on track to fulfill what I set out to do. As the New Year approaches, I have taken some time to make some writing specific goals for 2015, and I’m writing a blog post about it, so that I have a sense of accountability towards those goals:
#1. Be more disciplined in my writing:
I am taking a multi-pronged approach to this goal:
A) Write for at least 30 minutes a day:
30 minutes is a great time stretch for me because I know it’s doable. And, if I ensure that my writing time is uninterrupted, I can get a lot done in 30 minutes a day.
B) Post a new blog post every week:
This will be a new challenge for me because I have posted rather sporadically on my blog for the past year. I’ve aimed for a new blog post every two weeks and that has sometimes not happened. But I know I can write a blog post a week, because I write weekly blog posts for the Calgary Children’s Choir. I have already planned out my blogs for the next five months, so I feel like this is completely attainable, and I’m excited to get started!
C) Plan time for brainstorming:
This is an essential goal for me, because if I’m going to be disciplined in my writing, I need to also be disciplined in how I brainstorm. I have decided to do this by setting aside at least 15 minutes for brainstorming/daydreaming every day. I’ve discussed the benefits of a good brainstorming session before, and in 2015 I’m aiming to turn this into a daily habit!
#2. Release two novels in 2015:
My last two novels have been released about a year(ish) apart. That has worked for me for now, but I feel up to the challenge of releasing two novels in the Elden Forest series in 2015. It’s definitely a lot of work, what with multiple rounds of editing, cover design, and having the books ready for pre-order, but I think I can do it, as long as I stick to the deadlines I’ve created for each phase!
I am excited about this goal because I have so many ideas in my ‘idea pipeline’ (which I shall discuss in more detail in an upcoming blog post!), and I would really like to get some more of my work out and available to my readers.
#3. Expand my writing horizons:
This is an important goal for me, because, for the most part, I have contained my writing to a specific genre. I definitely have ideas in other genres that I would love to explore, and I’ve decided that 2015 is the year to do it! I will be trying my hand at everything from sci-fi to steampunk. I will also be writing in different forms; including short stories, poetry and even script writing! I won’t be releasing all of it, of course, but the more I write, and the more genres, and forms of writing I explore, the better my writing will be!
What are your 2015 writing goals? Tell me in the comments below!