Happy New Year! I hope that all of you had a fabulous holiday season enjoying your family gatherings and other festivities.
The New Year is a time of reflection, a time to organize, and a time to praise God for the excellent gift of writing. For me, developing fiction stories is a career and ministry. I write to inspire, educate, and hopefully motivate aspiring writers to write their stories. Although I work a full-time job, writing remains an essential aspect of my life. Has it been challenging? Indeed, it has! Over the years, learning to become more disciplined involved commitments to staying on track with my writing projects.
I’ve written two published novels (one unpublished novel and multiple works in progress are on the shelf) and five anthology short stories, which I love. However, in 2017 I decided to focus on completing my current manuscript editing and do intermittent work on the next novel. I’ve also added a short story to the 2018 list.
So, I created a master plan to spend time writing on a daily basis, even if I fell short on my word-count quota some days. Are there days that I just cannot write for some reason? Yes! I have concluded that I cannot control life circumstances that periodically occur. I make up the days by writing for more extended periods of time in various sessions. And on weekends? I’m seldom at the mall, will see a movie if there is one I want to see, and I devote time to reading when I’m not in my writing cave. These are my blockbuster marathon writing days that include writing from eight to nine hours on Saturdays, two-three hours after church on Sunday evenings. Writing on a daily basis gives me clarity on how my stories will progress, plus it enhances my writing skills. Also, I have taken writing classes whenever I’ve had the opportunities. (I’m a lifetime learner)
In a nutshell…this was how I accomplished some of my literary goals in 2017. How many of you have literary goals for the 2018 New Year? If so, I hope that you have filled your calendars with literary events, names of professional editors, regular schedules for writing, marketing and promotion strategies, writing classes or workshops, and more.
Below are some of the literary goals that I have added to my calendar. I have more to come, and I’m excited!
Literary Goals for 2018
- Complete self-editing and editor’s revisions – January 2018
- Publish my next novel – May or June 2018
- Complete an anthology short story by no later than February 2018
- Finish another novel that I’ve started before the end of summer 2018
- Attend the L.A. Times Book Festival, L.A, CA – April 21-22, 2018
- Book Club Hub Book Tour – Blog Radio Show, May 15, 2018
- Work on a marketing and promotion campaign – December 2017 to January 2018 for book release in May or June 2018
- National Book Club Conference – Atlanta, GA – August 3-5, 2018.
Other literary conferences, book releases, etc. TBA on website and social media.
God Bless You!
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Psalm 126:3 KJV