After racking my brain to remember what I did in 2017, I’m now staring at a blinking cursor in a word doc titled “2018 goals.”
And my mind is about as blank as the rest of the document is. (ha. Yes. Terrible joke).
Don’t get me wrong—I’m ready for this new year (at least, I’d better be, because it’s been 2018 for five days already. Wwaaaaaah?). But 2018 is already full of so many unknowns that I have no clue whether anything I’m about to dream up is even going to happen.
However, I’m way to stubborn to give up before I’ve hardly begun, so let’s do this 2018 goal thing 😉
Goal #1, write 800,000 words….
One of my goals is not to do that *points to above* My ambition got the best of me in 2017, and I found myself feeling stressed out, burnt out, and rushed. When I sat down at the start of December to think up writing goals, I began by telling myself to go for quality, not quantity in 2018.
So here is my not really modest list of writing goals.
#1. Fully edit one novel. Yes, I have yet to completely edit a novel xP I usually make it to content edits, then set it aside or send it off. Therefore, I’ve never done line-edits or proofreads. I’m determined to change that this year. Hopefully, Prison Zero will be the novel I go to the end with.
#2. Write Found and send it to alphas. Just ignore the fact that I did that last year because this new draft is TOTALLY different. This story is near and dear to my heart, yet the most rebellious sludge of words I’ve ever wrangled. 2018 will be my time to conquer it 😉
#3. Write one completely new novel. Probably for NaNoWriMo. I have no clue what it will be yet.
#4. Tighten up my prose. *clears throat* It’s gotten a bit…sloppy. Mostly my fiction, but also here on the blog; it feels a little wordy at times (correct me if I’m wrong though bc I’m really critical of myself 😛 )
#5. Write a protagonist with a negative character arc. Because who doesn’t want to write the story of a perfectly good, innocent hero becoming dark and corrupt?
#6. Write a short story. I started last week, just to get the momentum going.
#7. Learn how to format for Kindle. This isn’t really writing-related, but I want to start messing around with it. You know, just in case….
#8. Unify plot, theme, and character, master subtly and subtext, add loads of conflict to my stories, and figure out how to consistently nail down a solid story premise.
Kidding. Well, maybe not 😉
50 books. It. Will. Happen. Somehow. Thanks to Goodreads’ rereading option, I think I can do it. I want to go to some awesome fictional places this year!
And, I mean, I already have three books I MUST read—Amber Eyes (SD Grimm), Song Of Leira (Gillian Bronte Adams), and Fawkes (Nadine Brandes). *excited screaming*
I really want to grow my blog this year! My goals are….
– reach 200 email list subscribers (I recently learned how important this is to have as an author!)
– reach 200 blog followers (hopefully by email)
– turn the blog into a website. I’m already working on that. Basically, everything will be the same, but I’ll be adding a home page and I might alter the header a tiny bit 😊
– be consistent on social media. I’m scheduling tweets, setting up an author page on Facebook, and upping my game on Insta.
– [UNSTATED] But hopefully coming in February. Sorry, I can’t give any hints 😉
ALSO, I want to thank you guys for filling out the survey last week. Your suggestions and encouragement was amazing. (and I might have teared up a dozen times over your kind words. I love you all *hugs* <3)
Heh. Yeah. This is where I completely draw a blank. BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR. Every year is like that in a way, but 2018 is a huge yawning expanse of unknowns right now.
But it’s exciting. I’m ready. I have a feeling this new year is going to rock.
You might recall that last year, I chose a word for the year—JOY. This year, I’m going with grace. I mean grace as in every Christian definition of it—His life in us, the help He gives us, etc. I want to grow in the Lord’s grace in 2018 and learn to rely more on His strength than mine.
First, my friend Riley Aline just launched her new blog! She’s a wonderful writer friend of mine and an awesome writer. Go check out her new space and give her a follow! 😀
To wrap up this lengthy post, I wanted to let you know that I have some awesome posts planned for this year. I have ideas for blog posts all the way until March, so it’s going to be busy. xD Also, I’m not sure if I’m going to keep doing monthly wrap ups. I cover nearly the same thing in my newsletter, and I really want to put my focus there for now. However, that does NOT mean that I won’t give life updates and such on the blog! 😊
Finally, I wish I could give you a big overview of what might be happening for me this year, but I honestly have no clue. I just gotta trust that the tangled knot of the future is going to sort itself out. I’ll let you all know when I know more (like if I’m going to Realm Makers or publishing or something 😛 )
Happy New Year,
So…what are you doing this year? What are your goals? Hopes? Plans? Random, crazy thoughts about 2018?!?