Goal Setting For Writers [2019]

Goal Setting – It’s That Time Of Year

With around two weeks to go before we hit 2019, it’s time to start planning. Yes dust off your goal setting journal and let’s start putting pen to paper.

Perhaps you are a modern goal setting ninja and you prefer to grab a goal setting app. That’s fine. Do what works best for you but let’s start now.

Consider this:

  1. What went right in 2018?
  2. What went wrong in 2018?
  3. Plan to do more of (1) and
  4. Less of (2)

As writers this is the best time of the year to get a little bit of organisation into our lives before those creative juices take hold and we’re darting off in a ‘million different directions’

To give you some ‘inspiration’ I’ll play guinea pig to spawn some ideas for you. Here are my goal setting examples:

What Went Right In 2018

I completed another 4 books, cracked a few more #1’s in category and donated a few bucks to charity.

My team grew and I added a new editor. I cemented my relationship with my cover designer who I think has done a cracking job in 2018.

What Went Wrong In 2018

Early on in the year I darted down too many tributaries and didn’t stay the course on the main game.

I learnt some fabulous skills from my copywriting mentor Michael Shreeve but then tried to add copywriting services to my bow. I grabbed some clients, got paid well, but was distracted from writing books.

Up until June I was very insular. A hermit to some extent. An introvert writer which is not really me.

But post June, I reconnected to the Qld Writers Centre thanks to a book club talk by CEO Lori-Jay Ellis. My energy returned to becoming more community focused.

Planning for 2019

Goal setting for me in 2019 will be heavily focused on writing more books.

My aim is to produce another 6 short reads to satisfy my veracious readers as well as attracting new readers who hate ‘500 page novels’.

BUT

I also want to crack out another 2 novels and hybrid publish. I love self publishing because of the control it gives me and my ego adores traditional publishers for where they can put me – major book stores.

My extrovert side will also get a work out.

Speaking will be a big focus for me. The Qld Writers Centre has booked me for a workshop in January and I’ve got library dates in Brisbane, Moreton Shire and Ballina all before March.

Austin Macauley Publishers are trying to secure talks for me in London around their Book Fair March 12-14

Video will be big. I’ll start the ‘new diet on 1 January.

What I Won’t Be Doing In 2019

My goal setting will be about focus. Less distractions.

I love the short term hit of writing copy, the quick cash, but not the lack of creativity. I want to write in my voice and not that of a client.

Community will also be on the radar bigger in 2019. I connect well with my own readers, gift them free books and chapters as well as giveaway jewellry, wine and Kindles.

I’m looking to get involved with writing Boards in 2019 to help further expand reading and writing. It’s such an important part of human life.

Goal Setting For Writers – The Summary

Simple. Do more of the good stuff. Drop the distractions. Share the love beyond your immediate readers and grow the writing community.

We may not solve world peace but writers can make the world a much better place. Here’s to a big 2019!

 

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