My goals for 2018

Two weeks into 2018, it may seem a little too late to come up with some resolutions for the new year. But better late than ever, or so they say.

Now that this year has been tried and tested I know where I stand. Or I should better say that I know that I don’t know where I stand. Here’s the thing, life is unpredictable and this is particularly true when there are children at home. And with a baby and toddler, no two days are alike. Some days I have plenty of time for writing, reading or whatever it is that I have to do, some days I managed to squeeze some fifteen minutes of editing in between the most hectic hours, and some days I simply don’t have the time or energy to do anything at all. Besides cooking, washing dishes, cleaning the house, playing outside and playing inside, that’s it. With all that in mind, I am keeping things simply this year. And simple might be the key for me.

Last year was already a busy year and I kept my expectations very low. I didn’t have much hope that anything would happen in my writing career and yet quite a few interesting things happened, including having a handful of flash stories published at a couple of magazines and winning a writing competition. So yay, let’s keep things simple and take this writing thing (and life) one day at a time.

Here’s a list of the things I would like to accomplish this year. And a very humble list it is.

  1. Read at least 24 books.
  2. Publish at least 5 more short stories.
  3. Get at least one publication in a pro-paying market.
  4. Write at least a short story per month.
  5. Blog regularly and begin building an author platform.

You might have noticed that I don’t really have that many writing-related goals but this is not because I am forgetting that my number one priority as an author should be writing. Nope. The reason why I am not listing many writing related goals is because I have decided to take things slowly and review my writing goals monthly. First, because that’s the easiest way for me to assess how much time I have and can dedicate to a certain project. And second, to keep myself accountable. I think that writing down my goals every month will help me not to lose sight of what I want to achieve and stay on track. Plus, if you know about it, I’ll have to stick to it, don’t I?

So, January it is and even though I don’t have that much time this month, I have a few things on my to do list. I have three stories waiting to be edited and rewritten, when necessary. Two of them are flash – and written this year already – and I’d like to edit those and submit them. The other story is a bit longer, clocking at 2000 words (not that much, actually) and I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to tackle that one or not, so that might have to wait till February.

Phew, that was all for January. And pretty much the rest of the year.

If you’re still looking for inspiration you should definitely check this post on the resolutions that every writer should be making year after year. It was written by Frances M. Thompson, a self-published writer, blogger, traveller and mam, not necessarily in that order. I have been a fan of her and her writing for quite some time now and I can only recommend anything she writes or blogs.

And up to you now, what are your writing goals for this year? Anything you’d like to achieve in 2018?

All the best for this no-longer-new year!

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