Did you make New Year’s resolutions? How about writing resolutions? Did you make any goals for your writing or your business as an author? If not, let’s do that now!
The thing I do first is I look at my calendar and see if any significant dates are affecting my writing coming up in the next few months. These can include contests, conferences, or events like NaNoWriMo month or camps (more on that in a bit if you don’t know what they are).
So, for me in January, my primary task is to prepare for the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation Incorporated (OWFI) contest. I have been a member for three years but never entered the contest. This year I am planning to enter five categories:
- Blog post
- Short story – horror
- Short story – sci-fi/fantasy
- Novel – romance
- Novel – mystery/suspense
The deadline for those is February 1. I hope to have all five ready by then, but I guess that’s why it’s called a goal, right?
Also in January, I’m taking two classes. One is a four-week writing class by the brilliant Alicia Dean on how to polish and edit your writing. The other is called the 10K Traffic Challenge which teaches about social media and marketing strategies. Both are already helping my writing and my business as an author.
On an online author’s group, we are doing a Valentine’s Day challenge where we are giving each other prompts and then writing stories that will be delivered into Valentine Boxes on February 14th. Much better than little store-bought character cards, don’t you think?
In April and July are the NaNoWriMo camps with the main NaNoWriMo being in November. If you are not familiar with this, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. In November, the expectation is that you will write a 50,000-word novel. In the camps in April and July, you can set your own goals. It can be a word or page goal or whatever you want. One year I used it to edit my previous year’s NaNo project. It is also a great place to find other authors and get support which I believe every writer needs. If you want more information about NaNoWriMo, message me, and I’ll let you know all about it. I’ve participated since 2007.
Some general goals for the year that I have set are:
- Make giveaways and a newsletter (and figure out how to use MailChimp to send them out, lol)
- Post weekly (at least) blog posts
- Get A Massage to Die For under contract
- Finish Whitewater
So, what are your goals, personal or writing? Let me know in the comments! Let’s hit them together!