In some of my post you might have noticed me mention some of my goal and things I’m hoping to accomplish. This week I sat down and made myself write them all down and think of how I would achieve these goals. The deadlines for all of them being the end of 2016 or sooner. To help keep me accountable I will now share them with you.
Goal 1: Finish the first draft of my manuscript by Nov 1st.
I’m sure this one sounds familiar to you. I feel like I mention it in just about every other post. That’s because it’s the big one. The one that started it all.
How?: I have broken down the months into word count goals. With the end word count set to at least 80,000 words.
Goal 2: Participate in November 2016’s Nanowrimo and finish.
I have tried nanowrimo once before and did not finish my project. This time I will be shooting to finish of course.
How?: Once I reach my first goal that should set me up just great to head into Nanowrimo. I even plan to save up some time and possible take a few days off of work to help give me the extra hours of writing I’ll need to accomplish this goal.
Goal 3: Read 24 Book.
That’s a lot of books for me! 24 books basically works out to 2 books a month for the year, that doesn't sound too bad. Except for the fact that means I’m already 2 books behind. Oops. That’s ok I still think I can make it. Reading is crazy important of a writer.
How?: So that just means I might have to read an hour instead of watching that extra episode of Chuck on netflix. :(
Goal 4: Have at least 2 blog posts a week.
That’s right no missing a Manuscript Monday or Fiction Friday. But I will give myself a days grace period for occasions like holidays, birthdays or vacation. Like my trip to Endor. ;)
How?: Blogging consistently takes planning! That mean at the beginning of the month I sit down and decide what topics or stories will be posted this month. If I know I’ll be taking a trip or have an event that might keep me from posting I need to write it in advance.
Goal 5: Learn more about managing my blog.
Funnily enough this is the #1 thing that slows me down on Goal #1. It sometimes takes hours to figure out why something isn't working and how to fix it. But it’s also completely necessary. Boooo!
How?: I’ll be doing more research, watching more youtube tutorials and learning how on earth to use my google analytics.
So there we have it. My professional goals for 2016. I have other personal goals that involve fitness, home improvement, and making sure my house isn't a wreck. But those aren't all that interesting. Even though we are already well into the year I’m still excited for what is to come this year. It must be all this spring time weather. I would love to hear some of your goals even if they aren't directly related to writing. It’s just great to hear about the great things that will be accomplished in 2016.