2018 Writing Goals

Behold, my 2018 writing goals!

I was really happy with my progress last year and I’m enthused to set myself new goals and challenges for 2018.

Writing

I’m planning to focus more on my long-form writing this year. Particularly working on a more methodical, outlining and project planning approach. I got inspired at Genrecon a few months back seeing how other writers plan out their year and projects and I’m trying to emulate that this year. There’s a spreadsheet split into months and quarters and everything.

Key goals for this year writing-wise for me are:

  • Querying my novel – I’m currently in another structural draft based on initial reader feedback (the opening was slow and needed reworking). I will probably do another round of feedback[1] and polishing before actually querying, but this should be off and running by mid-year.
  • Hoping to get full first drafts (at least) of two completely new long projects
  • Continuing to finish and submit short work, particularly clearing out my backlog of half finished things – roughly aiming for one a month.

It’s a lot to do, but like my querying and rejection goal last year even if I fall short of it I’ll be pretty happy with the amount of work I get done just trying to reach it.

Reading

After my mega reading year last year I’ve set myself a goal to read 100 books this year. You can follow along with me on Goodreads.

As well as the number goal I’m working on implementing reading focus areas this year. After getting my TBR and book buying habits mostly in order, and working on making sure I got a good spread of different types of books that I like to read in my reading “diet” I noticed last year that there are a few genres I love and don’t read as much as I’d like. So this year I’ve picked a few and I’m making a more concerted effort to prioritise reading books from these genres. I’m anticipating this to rotate each year so each year has a sort of theme. This year it’s horror and YA which I’m excited just thinking about.

Other

I’m continuing to review here on the blog and with SFF Reviews. I’m also still slush reading and enjoying that. I’m beginning to wonder if my writing and other writing related efforts are a bit out of whack, though, so I’m planning to track that across the year and might make some changes either mid-year or in 2019 depending on how that ends up looking.

In addition to all of this, I’m hoping to keep hanging out with other writers, getting braver about seeking feedback and where I submit my work, and generally continuing to boldly go about my writing activities.

What are your new year’s resolutions for your writing?

[1] Incidentally if you’re interested in beta reading or providing feedback let me know. I’m happy to crit for crit!

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