Looking back, I realized I never posted any 2016 writing goals. Which in a weird way means, YAY, I accomplished everything I set out to do! (Best way to achieve New Year’s Resolutions: don’t make any!).
What this really means is that when I evaluated the upcoming year, there was so much I wanted to do that was out of my control, I knew it would be hard to set SMART (Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time-Based) goals. But this year is different.
Of course goals can change depending on a number of things; if my cozy mystery is acquired or if our upcoming baby is literally up ALL THE TIME leaving no room for anything besides sleeping.
Even if one of these things happens, I’d like to have some goals in my back pocket.
Here’s what I hope to accomplish in 2017:
Complete a “polished” draft of a brand new cozy — “polished” is somewhat ambiguous, but what I mean is a clean draft I’d feel comfortable sharing with beta readers and my agent.
Complete a zero draft of a YA novel — I’ve had two young adult story ideas bouncing around in my brain space for the last few years and I think it’s finally time I write a (very) rough draft of at least one of them.
Read 50 books — Because as Stephen King wisely said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
Read 2 books on writing — Reading books on writing is both inspirational and pivotal as I continue to grow as an author.
What are your goals for 2017??
What I’m reading: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (a little research for my new cozy…)
What I’m listening to: Portugal. The Man — Noise Pollution