Friday, October 2, 2015

WD Oct 2015 Challenge: Set Your Writing Goals

Set Your Writing Goals
For today’s platform-building task, set your writing goals. There are some people who believe in just charging blindly forward, but I believe in taking a moment to consider goals. And here’s why: It’s hard to know if you’re finding success if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve. Or put another way: If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’re there?
So put together a couple lists:
  • One list should be short-term goals. These are goals you can accomplish within the next year. It’s okay to get ambitious, but try to keep them semi-reasonable. For instance, if you’re an unpublished writer, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature is probably not a reasonable short-term goal. But maybe getting published in a literary journal is.
  • The other list should be long-term goals. Feel free to knock yourself out with ambitious goals here. Dream a little. But also include reasonable goals that you might accomplish eventually. As an example, I once set a goal of getting a full-length collection of poetry published, and it happened 18 months later!

Short Term Goals:
* Finish editing Hunters 2: Beneath the Chapter
* Submit a new story to Dreamspinner Press
* Participate in NaNoWriMo 2015
* Set up a Patreon
* Read more books

Long Term Goals:
* Learn more about marketing books
* Figure out how to sell ebooks at conventions
* Finish Hunters series
* Finish and Publish Horsewomen/Bringers/Aspects series
* Get into a habit of writing and publishing novellas every couple months
* Submit to more calls from Dreamspinner and other publishers
* Read and review more books

Current Story Work List:
This isn't included in the note above, but it's something I do to keep track of what I'm working on, since I tend to work on several stories at once, following the whims of my muses.  So a lot of these stories may not see the light of day for a long time, but writing this down reminds me that those ideas are patiently waiting their turn to be written. 

* ReWrite Horsewomen/Aspects
* Finish Feelings
* Edit Spiked and Feathered
* Write Shadow Play
* Write Blushing Apples 2
* Finish Devious Pies
* ReWrite Songbird
* Finish Little Creepers
* Write Hunters 3
* Write Light It Up
* Write STS comic idea
* Write Child's Dreams

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