April Goals: 2018

We are now in a new month, so that means, another set of goals I have set.  Last month I only completed 8 out of 12 goals.  Over half, but not as many as I’d like.

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My goals are not just writing goals, because I have other projects.

[ W R I T I N G  ]

01 Use this month to complete the 85K challenge

Due to some unexpected things rising in March, I really fell behind.  However the challenge has a 30 day catch up, so I really want to complete the 85K challenge.

02 Loosely sketch out ideas for sequel to Dark Hart

Not happy that I had to bounce this again, but it WILL be done in this month.  Maybe.

03 Add another 50 scenes to my Master List

I have been able to add many more than 30 a month, so I’m upping my minimum to 50.  This is the spreadsheet that I am listing all my 1000s of Dark Hart scenes on.  Once it’s completed I will be able to roughly plot all the books in the series.

04 Clear through another 400 documents

Continuing to organise all my writing documents, I want to do another 400 this month.  I am slowly starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

[ B L O G G I N G ]

05 Update at least 10 earlier blog posts

I am still updating my old posts, giving them better tags, titles and header images as well as doing an overhaul of the text.

06 Plan all blog posts for this month

Using my Content Calendar I want to continue to plan my blogs one whole month at a time.  So far it’s working well.  Just need to remain consistent.

07 Sort new categories and update posts to match them

My blog overhaul keeps throwing up new things I need to address and the category issue is one I want to get sorted quickly.

[ P E R S O N A L ]

08 Reading Challenge 50 (3 books)

I have had no time to read which is just awful!  I am going to schedule some reading time as I have several ebooks and even more paperbacks that are just waiting to be read.

09 Do yoga regularly

Since moving I have fallen out of old routines, including jogging and doing yoga.  While I’d love to say I’ll start jogging again this month, that’s not going to happen.  But I at least want to start looking after myself and do yoga regularly again.

[ M A R K E T I N G ]

10 Do (at least) 10 online courses

I have enjoyed setting this goal as I usually do more than 10 courses a month, but it is good to set a minimum. I’ve gained so much from these courses.

For anyone who is interested, in getting 2 month free Premium access to Skillshare courses, check out my above link.  (for as long as this link works)

11 Look into Newsletters / starting an email list

I need to continue to face my anxiety over trying new things, and so I want to consider starting a newsletter.  I don’t want to jump in without some planning though. 🙂

[ B U S I N E S S ]

12 Make 10 new items

I need to really make a push with my business and I want to increase my product lines.

13 Sort paperwork ready for tax time

I do not want to get caught out scrabbling for my paperwork when it comes time to do taxes.

So, do you have any goals?  Do you have monthly or quarterly ones?  share your tips for completing goals in the comments below!

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I don’t expect to get all these done but I aim for at least half, but preferably more. 

Happy writing

Ari

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15 thoughts on “April Goals: 2018

  1. Wow, good luck with these goals 🙂 You’re really organised by the sound of it. I’m someone who should probably set more goals or still get more organised. With blogging I’m more organised, I have a note book with everything written and planned out but with real life I’ve kind of been winging it – not sure what the British term for that is, lol, and not been accomplishing so much in my offline life recently.
    Updating the blog is one thing I don’t think many of us like doing. I had to go back through every single blog post a few months ago and update something (can’t remember what it was now but it was important) and I felt like I was going mad. I posted every day before so I had so many posts to update I just spent days and days of free time doing that! 😮

  2. A few of your goals are similar to mine. I have to work on updating older blog posts, keep up with my newsletter, organize my documents… I don’t know how long you’ve been working on Dark Hart for, but I’ve been working on my mystery novel for a few years. My editing skills have grown so I’ve decided this is. I’m going to finish it and (hopefully) self-publish it in 2019.

    • Oh yeah, the updating of the blog. What a pain in the ass that is. I don’t know about you, but I have a massive spreadsheet of all of my posts and then tick boxes for everything I’ve done when it’s updated.

      Honestly, I’ve been working on Dark Hart (the series) since I was a teenager… I’m now in my late 30s. I finished the first book years ago and have so much material for the rest of the series.

      Then I decided I didn’t like the first book any more and completely butchered it at the beginning of 2017. Then rewrote it. Feel so much better about it now.

      I am glad I never tried to publish it as it was, it’s like you said, your skills grow and I look know and think “yep, my writing is much stronger now.”

      I will be looking out for your book then, next year my friend 😀

      • Yes, I do that too! I honestly thought I was the only one, lol.

        Ah, I know exactly what you mean. My mystery novel is the same way. I edited a couple of times, thought it was great, then ended up rewriting the whole thing. Even editing it, I found of a huge plot hole. This is my second round of edits for this version too, so how did I not see it before?

        I’ll look forward to yours as well. 🙂

      • Lol oh my god, me too! When I went back to the original WIP after it had been edited I was like “this doesn’t make sense!”

        Thankfully I actually feel comfortable with the new one. It’s with my Alpha Reader who’s currently littering it with red marks, so that’s fun! *eye twitches*

      • Right? It’s amazing how our minds trick us into making us believe we’re amazing writers and then we’re just not, lol. Not yet anyway. 😉

        That’s good though. That’s something I need to do. I have to find beta readers and hire an editor and stuff… it’s been a slow going process because I don’t know where to start though I know I need to do it soon.

      • Thanks, that’d be great. Right now I’m working on a collection of mystery short stories as well as the first book of my mystery series.

  3. I like the way you talk about outlining and/or writing “scenes”. When I think about it, I kinda do this too, especially when writing fantasy. It’s not exactly a conscious decision on my part, but scenes and conversations come to me whenever and however they want to, and then I need to find a way to string them together in a coherent plot. I wonder how many other people write this way…

    • Yes, that’s exactly it! I never did it consciously and it was only years into writing my stories that it dawned on me most writers do it chapter by chapter and I just have a jumble of scenes.

      Nice to know there are others who do it this way. Yeah, I’d be interested to know how many other writers write like us 😀

  4. I’m near the climax chapters now. Might just get to first draft editing this month!

    It’s been a year and four months now since I started writing this one, and that was one of the parts I had the most well-planned out (though it’s evolved a bit over the course of writing), so it may go quick.

    • That’s great! I whole-heartedly recommend that when the draft is completed, put it aside for a week before you start editing. You need at least a week to get it out of your system and your editing will go a lot better.

      Otherwise you’ll find you skip over some areas automatically that your critical brain has missed. At least a week, 2 is better and your critical brain will be ready to edit. 🙂

      What is your word count on?

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