I know that there are a couple of days left in this year, but I felt like the beginning of the week would be just as good a place to put this post as any.
Looking back at the goals that I made for 2014, the only thing off of that list that I actually accomplished was finishing the novel I started for NaNoWriMo 2013. As you know, I did this by completely rewriting it for NaNoWriMo 2014. And, while I’m disappointed in myself for not having completed any of the other goals, I do think that the fact that I completed the big one, so to speak, is pretty exciting.
So, here are some of the writing goals that I have for myself for this upcoming year.
- This year’s “big” goal is that I want to finish editing my novel, Collecting Humanity.
- Another main goal for me is that I want to try my hand at freelance writing again.
- I’m also planning on blogging regularly both here and at No Penny Required. I made a commitment to both these blogs when I decided to purchase their domain names. I’m also playing with the idea of once again trying to create some sort of author website using Wix.
- You may have noticed in the sidebar that I’m going to give myself the poem a day challenge again as well. Even if it’s winds up being something I can’t use, I want to get something down.
- The same applies to short stories. I want to try to write as many of those as I can during the year as well, and the Story Pieces series that I’ve started doing here should help.
- I would also like to submit my work to different literary magazines,
- attempt to find a literary agent once my novel is complete,
- and get some professional head shots made for the web and also for, one day, the inside cover of my novels.
There are so many things to see and do and learn in 2015. What are some of your life and writing goals?
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination, never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Believe it or not, I didn’t intentionally pick another Lord Chesterfield quote! I actually didn’t even realize that it was until I was glancing back at last week’s quote to see how I had formatted the post.
The reason I picked this quote is because it really applies to how I should be looking at life. This past year, I’ve discovered the art of laziness and I’ve been working on slapping myself out of it. Hopefully, this adventure away from laziness with continue on into the next year.
This quote also has a lot to do with writing. You have to “snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment” of writing that you’re able to get your hands on because sometimes a few moments might be all you get in day to let your creativity flow.
And when you do get your hands on it, you need to dig in with all of your focus.
Frank, Leonard Roy. Random House Webster’s Quotationary. New York: Random House, 1999. Print.
As I mentioned Tuesday, I’m going to try to make some writing goals/resolutions for 2014. Said post wound up being me rambling, so I didn’t actually have to worry about today’s post mimicking it. And, by the way, Happy New Year!
2014 Writing Goals and Resolutions
I’m going to try my best to
- write every day
- continue blogging every Monday-Friday
- read at least a page of something every day
- finish the novel I started in November 2013
- write one short story every month
- write one poem every day, or at least every week
- write in my journal every day
- submit to at least five places every month