Well, it isn't the official beginning of the new year. But I started the Write 1, Sub 1 Novel Challenge in November and thought now was as good a time as any to assess my goals for the coming year.
I've set a number of different writing goals over the past few years: writing a certain number of novels, writing a certain number of words in a year, (and this last year) writing and submitting at least one story per month. Some of these goals I've met, others I've failed miserably.
That is the thing about goals - they need to be something you may not be able to reach, otherwise why set a goal in the first place. So this year, I'm setting writing goals that reflect a number of personal commitments.
Goal Number One: To finish and submit Gaslyte - the novel-in-progress I've been working on since 2008 - by the end of the year.
Goal Number Two: To finish and submit at least one longer length project - 15k or more - by the end of the year.
Goal Number Three: To polish and submit the handful of stories I wrote this year but have languished in my pile of "to edit" projects.
Goal Number Four: To write a minimum of 15k per month.
Even with a limited schedule for writing these are all completely doable, but challenging. They will require me to stay focused on the work at hand - writing.
As you head towards the beginning of another year of writing, what are you planning to accomplish?