A goal is a dream with a deadline…way to suck the fun out of dreaming, eh! :) But if we want to move forward it helps to have a plan, a focus and goals are exactly that.
I had already been thinking about what my Writing Goals would be, especially with the 85K in 90 day challenge looming on the horizon (Jan – Mar 2017)
So when the new Blog Hop topic was Writing Goals for 2017, I thought let’s get them down!
#1 – Complete Dark Hart series (book 1)
Earlier this year I returned to my Dark Hart series and completely tore apart the first book. It had been in its second draft, having been written a few years ago and then left when it didn’t feel right. I changed a lot of it and finally, it feels right.
However, it’s time to stop messing about and get the damn thing not just plotted, not just a first draft but through numerous drafts and possibly even polished/reviewed…. (well…maybe)
#2 – Flesh out my newest novel idea (Shadow Veil series)
For those of you who read my recent post ‘How to Deal with Invading Story Ideas‘, you will know I was accosted by my writing muse while driving recently and was given a completely new novel idea.
Well rather than let it stew, I want to get some solid foundation of this novel sorted and a possible (albeit) loose outline scribbled.
#3 – Participate and actually COMPLETE the 85K in 90 Day Challenge
This is an awesome challenge run by Julie Valerie (yes the same Julie Valerie who also hosts these Blog Hops, so you know it’s going to be great) I participated last year but circumstances conspired against me and I failed to complete it. I wish to do better next time.
#4 – Sort all my scenes, snippets, notes & novel ideas into something akin to an organised system
Since I’ve been writing since I was 8 I have amassed quite a lot of the above and they are currently scattered around on papers, notepads, hard drives, flash drives, different computer systems, not to mention in different formats on those computers… because I didn’t always keep up with transferring them over…
I appreciate the irony that I’ve written several posts about being organised and yet I show that there are parts of my writing world that scream disorganisation. Oh well :p
Normally with goals, I get overly excited (after all they are just more intense To Do lists…and I LOVE those kinds of lists) and so would write loads of goals. But I realise the four I have are pretty big especially since I also have a normal job, a side business and 3 blogs to manage. So I am trying to make it more manageable.
So dear readers, what are your 2017 Writing Goals?
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Yes, I said come back this week for a guest post…and forgot it was Blog Hop week instead. I do have a bad memory (as mentioned in my Some (weird) Truths about Writers) so sorry for no Guest post but I hope you enjoyed the Blog Hop and I hope you participated 🙂
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