Usually, at this time of year, I write a little re-cap of everything that’s happened in my life over the past twelve months. For what should be obvious reasons, I’m not feeling much need to sum up 2020. (Though I will put up a post next week detailing what I wrote and had published during that time.)
I started the year with fourteen goals, seven of which I completed, two of which I came close to, but didn’t quite meet (reading and blogging), and some of the rest of which quickly became moot. Given that everything that happened globally, I’m gonna call that an overall win.
Moving on, here are my goals for 2021:
- Read: Twenty or Thirty Books (including at least two on writing craft) –– this is way down on the ever-increasing number I usually set, but given everything else I have planned, I decided to go easy on myself in this area.
- Blog: At least two posts per month –– Again, intentionally setting the bar lower than usual, because I don’t want to be forcing it or stressing about it.
- Study: Complete the Masterclass classes I’m signed up to (by April, when my subscription runs out)
- Newsletters: Increase these to three per year
- Make at least two poetry submissions per month (each submission typically containing multiple pieces)
- Submit at least two short stories per month
- Finish writing at least three fan fiction works-in-progress
- Finally get the third Belfast Writers’ Group anthology out into the world (Summer?)
- Finally, finally, finally publish my debut novel (Spring 2021) –– Despite being number nine on this list, this is actually my top priority and the reason I’m both cutting myself slack on reading and blogging, and increasing the number of newsletters I put out.
- Rewrite my second novel (Camp NaNoWriMo April)
- Finish my third novel (Camp NaNoWriMo July)
- Publish a different book –– Keeping all of the details of this secret, for the time being.
Plenty to be getting on with, I should say!