As my last post of 2017 was a wrap up of the year, let’s make my first post of 2018 goals for what I want to achieve this year.
[ Blogging ]
Despite having had this blog since 2013, I didn’t really start blogging until 2016 and only in 2017 did I find my feet with it and blog more regularly.
I am aiming to keep up the Monday and Friday blog posting schedule along with the Wednesday Guest posting. So if you’re a writer, I may very well be chasing you for a guest post!
[ Challenges ]
Because life is nothing without challenges… and I felt like adding in a few new ones for the year.
85k90Day Writing Challenge – I am once again participating in this challenge. It really gave me the body of my current manuscript and I have a whole new one I am working on for this year’s challenge. Started today and my word count is 1137 🙂
Uber Frugal Month – Signed up for the Uber Frugal Month, run by Mrs. Frugalwoods (not her real name) over at Frugalwoods. My partner and I are pretty frugal, but we are saving for a house now and so we want to crank that up!
Reading Challenge – I completely failed my GoodReads Reading Challenge last year. But I will not be thwarted this year!
[ Projects ]
Ever had a list of things you wanted to get done “when you get time?” well my list has been continually growing and that elusive beast known as “Spare Time” has failed to materialise.
So I am going to start carving up my days and just do them. I have 6 (non-writing) projects I want to get done in the year. That has GOT to be doable.
[ Health ]
This year’s main focus (as well as writing) is health. I am tired of being tired. I know the Bold Move last year threw everything out of whack but I am bringing it back. So I am getting back to my meal plan, re-doing the Couch to 5K plan and taking care of myself.
[ Writing ]
I will be completing at least 3 drafts of my current manuscript and maybe even (gods forbid) giving it to a beta reader or two (hyperventilates at the thought) and
if when I complete the 85K Challenge, I will get that novel cleaned up ready for its first edit.
I also want to sort and catalogue all my writing ideas into one location and standard format. This MAY be a little far-reaching with all the other things I want to do and seriously… I have like over a dozen pendrives of notes, dotted around my house.
[ Support & Network ]
I will be carrying on my support of other writers. I have ordered some books by new writers that I will be reading and reviewing (possibly on this blog but definitely on Amazon). I will also be continuing to beta-read for new writers and have set up a schedule to help me keep up.
In a hope of pushing more boundaries of my comfort zone I will be reaching out to people (more hyperventilating) and may even set up my YouTube channel with podcasts/animated videos that cover my writing tutorials.
[ No Excuses ]
It’s easy to start strong, a new year, all that shiny “newness” waiting to be turned from potential into something awesome. But then we stumble, fall and oft-times give up.
Well… just nope! This year is going to be a year of achievements, completed challenges, pushed limits and time used in full.
NB: Do I think I’ll achieve all these goals? Possibly not but damn I’m going to try!
So what about you dear reader, what do you have planned for this shiny new year?
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I almost fell at the first hurdle by not writing a blog post today. Shame! But then I gave myself a kick, reminded ‘me‘ that I needed to start strong or go home. So here I am! Woohooo!
About Ari Meghlen
I’ve been a writer since I was given unsupervised access to pens and am unable to write anything shorter than a trilogy. I (now) live in sprawling Northern Ireland which is greener than the green parts of England with my awesome boyfriend and our demon cats.
I spend my time lost in imaginary worlds, running my online jewellery shop, taking nature photos or watching bad movies.
Feel free to say hi, leave me a comment either here or on one of my other social media pages. I love hearing from you 🙂