2018 Writing Goals

Well, it's that time. Time to set a bunch of goals with the best of intentions and lose focus not even halfway through. Just me? Okay, then. But surely this time will be different.

Rather than set a bunch of very specific goals with set-in-stone timelines for completion, I'm taking a more lackadaisical approach to the things I want to accomplish this year, writing-wise. (I just googled lackadaisical and it seems to have a slightly different meaning than I thought. Google says it means careless and lazy; I mean it to say casual and free-form.) I've got three main goals, each of which can be broken down into sub-goals, and each of which can be achieved in various ways. I tend to be quite all-or-nothing, which works while it lasts; but as soon as I fall off the wagon once, bam, it's over. I'm hoping by being more lackadaisical (read: casual), I'll be able to get the end results I want.

So. Goals. Here we go.

1. Improve my craft.

I'm pretty new at this writing thing, relatively speaking. Just over a year into my journey as a published author. I've been writing relatively regularly for the past three or so years, and God knows I'm better than when I started, but I've still got a long way to go. I need more time, more practice, and more education on the craft of writing. Practice is going to be the big one. Which brings me to my next goal:

2. Be more productive.

This speaks for itself. I want to write more. I want to write more words each day, I want to finish more projects, and I want to publish more stories. More, more, more. This is the most important goal, I think, and also the most difficult for me. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I have a tough time juggling multiple stories at once, but it's something I'd like to improve. Writing more stories, of course, will also help me with my third and final goal, which is...

3. Reach more readers.

I write for me: because I love it, because I have stories I want to tell. But I also want to share the stories, and this year I'd like to get better at getting my stories into readers' hands. This means marketing, which is definitely my weak point. But needs must, so it's on the list. At the bottom of the list, though, because it's intimidating as hell.

These goals are the essence of what I want to accomplish this year, though of course each can (and will) be broken down into more specific strategies, which I'll lay out in the coming weeks. If that sort of thing's your bag, keep an eye out. If not, my apologies. But since blogging more frequently happens to be one of my goals, and I don't have an abundance of topics on hand... well, I'm working with what I've got.