Like many others, I set goals for myself at the beginning of each year. My goal for 2015 was to write 52 short stories. I loved writing a short story every week, and it was tempting to simply make that my yearly goal. I learned a lot and it was a lot of fun. However, my long term goal has always been to write books.
I decided that during 2016 I would write my first book, and at least a short story every month. I’m not sure how many short stories I managed to write that year, but I can promise you it was more than 12. In addition to the short stories, I completed the first draft of my novel as planned. It was a very rewarding year.
My goals for 2017 were a little more general. I had hoped to write another novel or a couple novellas, a few short stories and polish my first novel. Thanks to the help from friends and family, who volunteered to suffer through my spelling and grammar, the edits were completed during the summer, and I am currently floating the manuscript about looking for a publisher. Unfortunately, I did not write another novel or even a novella during the year. However, I did write several short stories.
I’d like to make my goals a little pointed this year. Goals should always be achievable and realistic or else you’re only setting yourself up for failure. However, they also need to challenge you, so by writing the next paragraph the pressure is on.
One day I’d like to write a fantasy novel because I really love the genre, but I have had better luck finding paying markets for science fiction, so my first goal for 2018 will be to write a science fiction story that is at least 50,000 words. Writing short fiction is a lot of fun, and I doubt I’ll ever stop writing it, so I plan on writing at least one short story every month. Lastly, this blog often sits neglected for an entire year. That is going to change this year, but saying that is not enough, I need a specific goal, so I will post a monthly update on these goals on the first of each month throughout 2018.
The clock is ticking; see you next month.