Writing Goals for 2014

My mantra for 2014

It’s that time of year when we start saying things like ‘I can’t believe how fast this year has gone!’ and ‘Christmas will be here before we know it’ . I am no different. This year has definitely flown by in the blink of an eye, and looking back I can’t believe how much I have actually achieved.

The major standouts for me are of course being published as a freelance writer, getting published and paid for articles as a freelance writer and finishing the first draft of my novel.

These are pretty big things in my world and I’m not shy in saying that I am very proud of myself and giving myself a good old pat on the back.

But it’s no time to become complacent either. It is time to look towards 2014 and set some goals.

I’m not one for setting goals in the way of writing them down and working out strategies and plans to work towards them, but I do like to have some idea of what I want achieve to give me direction and purpose.

Thinking about my goals for 2014 I really want to ramp up my freelance writing. The next twelve months are an important time for me as it will be the last year in my ‘real’ job world at my dancewear shop as I will be putting it up for sale officially next year with a goal to sell within the year. If a sale is not forthcoming I will most likely close the business. So in order to do this I need to have developed my writing skills, widened my publishing and have some sort of for use of a better word, ‘regular’ income from writing to make this a viable career path.

My next goal relates to my fiction writing. Having completed draft 1 of novel 1 this year, next year I plan to complete two to three edits, including having a professional editor look over my work and then be in a position to submit to an agent. (insert high pitched squeal her). I also want to complete the first draft of my second novel and possibly be working on the first edit.

They are my main goals, the ‘biggies’, so to speak.

Looking at breaking them down I have worked out a few areas that I need to concentrate on to achieve said goals:

– Subscribe to my favouite magazines, the ones I would like to be published in so I never miss an issue. This way I can study their audience, their tone, their articles in order to angle my pitches perfectly.

– Work on my pitching technique and really hone my skills in order to pitch more effectively.

– Pitch more to hard copy magazines and publications while continuing to write for online media.

– Seek more corporate writing gigs

 

So I have a few things to work towards to say the least.

It has been a long road so far filled with many lows and some wonderful highs. What I’ve learned though, is that I’ve found what I love to do and that I can actually do it. I certainly have a long way to go but my goals are realistic and achievable. They just require a lot of hard work and dedication.

So bring it on 2014. I’m ready!

 

Are you a goal setter?
Have you began to think about 2014 or are you just trying to make it till the end of the year?