Writing Goals 2018

Writing goals…the phrase that freezes my innards. At least it does since NaNoWriMo 2014 was the last time I met a writing goal. 

But this is my year. This year I will crush my writing goals. It’s time. 

My big goal for the year is a finished manuscript by 9/1/18 which is just in time for SCBWI Midsouth Fall Conference. I want the paid critique option. I’ll also enter the manuscript contest. Then, there’s the peer critique group for even more feedback.

Next week I’m outlining (yes, you read that correctly) my WIP. Once that is done, it should come together pretty quickly.

I also have some short fiction goals. 

And, I want to try to get an agent. (Yikes! Can’t believe I said that out loud!! Scary!)

No excuses.



Goals, Not Resolutions

New Years Resolutions-seems like it’s almost mandatory this time of year to lay out some ‘thou shalts’ for the coming year. But who actually follows through on those? Anyone? Me? Nope, never have. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that anything I label as a New Years Resolution will, in fact, fall by the wayside no later than January 15 of the given year.

But I do want to set some goals for myself that build on the goals I set and reached the last quarter of 2011. So how do I do that without incurring the New Years Resolution jinx? Maybe I can call them the ‘Continuation of 2011 Q4 Goals Based on Year End Reassessment.’ Catchy.

Whatever I call them, here they are:

1) Finish WIP by 1/31/12

2) Finish the rough drafts of two novels by 12/31/12

3) Blog three times each week

4) Enter Genesis

5) Write and submit six short stories by 12/31/12

That’s a lot of writing, a lot. I know I can do it. Setting and reaching monthly word count goals over the last three months of 2011 have given me some confidence. I have also learned from the experience that writing makes me a better writer. (Gee, where have I heard that before…)

That’s it-my list of goals for 2012.

Do you have any? Want to share?

Goals Met, Moving Forward

Our local writers group, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, has a marathon month every October. At the end of September each of us participating lists our goals for marathon month. Then we cheer each other on. It’s a month of just writing, just being creative, kicking the infernal internal editor out of the house. It’s our version of NaNoWriMo.

I’ve never met my goal before.

But I decided to set one anyway. At least it would give me something to shoot for. My goals were to attend at least one MTCW meeting for October and to add 10,000 words to my WIP. At the time I set my goals I had not attended a meeting in probably a year. I have not written 10,000 words in the past 3 or 4 years, let alone a month. But what the heck.

I made it to both October meetings. And as of yesterday at 7:45 pm I have written 10,102 words on my novel in October. Talk about Snoopy dancing. 🙂 I’m still pretty excited about it this morning.

But I can’t stop here. This is just a launching point. This is just the kind of month I needed to help me feel like a real writer again. Real writers write. Real writers have goals. And meet them most of the time.

So in the spirit of a real writer I want to share my goals for November: attend both MTCW meetings; write 15,000 words.