2017 Writing Goals

Happy new year everybody! I hope you’ve had fun making/not making your resolutions. I’m a firm believer in setting goals for myself every year and you know what? I tend to accomplish most if not all of them! (It’s possible! You can do this!) These aren’t ALL my goals (I’m also a firm believer in keeping your goals private, if you can). However, these are SOME of my writing/blogging/social media goals, which I thought would be fun to share (seeing as it will be benefitting you guys) Y’all gotta help keep me accountable! Please.

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. FINISH PROJECT “X.”

So I had a new project in mind that I began working on in 2016. I didn’t get very far into it which is entirely my fault. I worked on other things instead and just didn’t pursue this project hard enough. It’s a book that God’s been prompting me to write, so the goal is to finish it by June! Aaaaand, as camp nanowrimo is in February, I’m feeling hopeful 🙂

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  1. UPDATE MY BLOG ONCE EVERY WEEK

So…according to wordpress stats, I posted the exact same amount of blogposts in 2016, as I did in 2014. Uh-uh. Not good. Especially when I posted almost double that amount in 2015. Mamma didn’t raise no backslider, yo! (Or even equaliser!) Mamma raised a winner. So in order to ensure that I post more regularly onto my blog, I’ve decided to go with a ‘once a week’ rule. There’s absolutely no point in setting myself a vague and un-quantifiable goal 🙂  So yes…do keep me accountable with this one!

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  1. JOIN SPOKEN WORD SOCIETY ON CAMPUS

For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently doing a full-time masters. (Which makes these goals somewhat daunting, although definitely still achievable). Anyhoo, a new spoken word society just opened up and so I want to make sure I attend and continue to write and perform poetry.

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*101 points for getting the gif reference

  1. GET TO KNOW MORE BLOGGERS

I’ve been notoriously terrible at this in the past. Mostly I’ve found actively DISCOVERING other blogs really challenging. But once a week I’m going to make time to go through the ‘Reader’ button and stalk all of you lovely people… *cough* That sounded creepier than intended.

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  1. WRITE ANOTHER PLAY

This is pretty self-explanatory. I want to write at least 1-2 more plays this year. Woo!

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  1. ACHIEVE MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE

A reading goal, yes. But a reading goal is a writing goal, right? I’m not going to aim to high with this one because the Masters is one of my main priorities. Having said that, all the research I’ll have to do definitely counts!

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  1. RUN A WRITING WORKSHOP AT A LIBRARY

This is such a random one and will require me to go a little out of my comfort zone. PERFECT. I love libraries (obviously) and I’ve helped out in libraries before, i.e. with the Summer Reading Challenge. I absolutely loved helping and listening to all those children discussing the books they loved and learning new words and narratives. I used to work with children and we always had so much fun writing stories together or I enjoyed reading to them, etc. So I thought…why not run a writing workshop for kids/teenagers at the library? That’d be super fun. So…yeah, I’ll do that and let you know how it goes 🙂

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  1. GO TO A WRITER’S CONFERENCE

I mean…they look fun, so why not?!

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  1. UPLOAD ONE VID TO MY YOUTUBE EVERY WEEK AND HAVE FUN

Again, pretty self explanatory. I’ll try and link the videos to this blog also. I’m done not uploading the things I want to talk about because I’m scared of the reaction of others. So this year…get ready for some fun and exciting videos!

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  1. IMPROVE SETTING AND CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

All. The. Feels.  Something I’ve recently realised (and by recently, I mean within the past 5 days) is that I could really improve upon my descriptions.  I’m a huge fan of action in literature, which usually (but not always) means I am a fan of fast-paced books/plays/anime, and plot over character. If I don’t like a character but the plot is compelling…that’s okay by me. Very rarely am I character motivated. STILL. I think this has bled into my writing a little; I don’t always take the time to describe in detail what a setting/character looks like – if I’m honest, this is the part I’ll always skip over whilst reading. (The rolling hills and the sunny sky…blah-blah-blah, yaa okay just get to shooting the bad guys already!). Which is fine again, because I know some readers like to conjure up an image of character’s themselves but personally I’d like to work on it. And because we’re being QUANTIFIABLE, I’m going to sit and specifically work on describing the person next to me on the train, or the view out of the window once a month. I predict it will be tough but worth it.

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Phew! That’s my writing/blogging goals!

Let’s keep each other accountable. What are yours? 🙂

xo

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11 thoughts on “2017 Writing Goals

  1. If you want to read a book with amazing character development, gorgeous descriptions and loads of action then I recommed the Six of Crows duology. It’s quite dark in themes but honestly Leigh’s writing, world building and the characters are AMAZING. Serious craft goals right there. There even is a religious character (a fictional religion but still haha). Maybe give it a try if you get a chance because it really has changed everything for me and made me want to write so much more. I hope if you do read it it’ll do the same for you! 🙂

    1. Thank you Anna! You know I’ve heard of Six of Crows before but wasn’t aware it was a duology and now your recommendation really makes me want to check this out! Consider it on my to-be-read list now! Thank you very much! 😀

  2. Wow that’s a lot. I think I’ll start small. I’m a student and I have a lot of exams and programs this year so I plan on reading 1 book a month. Any recommendations?

    1. Haha! I think doing my degree will help me keep on track with (non fiction) reading! 1 a month is good – it’s CONSISTENT. You should totally use goodreads 🙂

      Ooooh good books!
      The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (one of my all time favourites)
      Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman (another all time favourite)
      And giiiirl, I just read ‘Illuminae’ and ‘Gemina’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and they were FLIPPING AMAZING. So unique and funny and tense 🙂
      Lemme know if you get round to them!

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