Everyone is making resolutions (or not) as they do this time of year. I used to shun the idea of new year resolutions. I’ve always felt there’s never as good of a time as the now to start doing something I resolve to do. No one needs to wait for January 1st to start.
But January 1st is a great time to start if one needs a date to begin. With that in mind, I’ve given myself a list of Writerly Goals for 2016 which are basically resolutions. Maybe with some adaptation this list will be helpful to you, too.
Happy New Year, y’all!
- Read five books on improving writing skills: Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine; Elements of Style by E.B. White (again); Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland; Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King; Showing & Telling in Fiction by Marcy Kennedy.
- Read five books on indie publishing: Rise of the Machines by Kristen Lamb; Successful Self Publishing by Joanna Penn; Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker; Self Publishing Books 101 by Shelley Hitz; How to Make a Living with Your Writing by Joanna Penn.
- Read 100 Books (that’s about 2 books a week!): Besides the writing improvement and publishing books, I’d LOVE suggestions on various fiction and non-fiction. I’d like to read some from interesting biographies, classic lit, children’s, YA, historical, action/suspense.
- Write two books: Not going to publish both, but write two more!
- Publish two books: Captive Hope at the end of January and the third book at the end of the year.
- Write one new post for the blog (besides #BlogBattle stuff) every week.
- Complete children’s storybook version of The Beauty Thief.
- Send out a useful and fun email newsletter every month or bi-monthly.
- Actively join an amazing writing community: Spokane is chock-full of writers of every caliber.
- Look for ways to support and encourage other authors.
- Drink More Water (this goal is all over the place. But when I’m writing I forget to drink and eat and whatnot)
- Use all critique and criticism in such a way as to improve my writing. Some days this will be harder than others, but I really do think that every word of instruction, complaint, appreciation, or encouragement has been helpful and will continue to be so.
If you have suggestions for great books on writing or publishing, please mention them in the comments section. I’m sure I’m not the only one interested in them. Also, be sure to give some recommendations for good and quick reads for 2016!
Thanks & Happy New Year!
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – Zig Ziglar