It's that time of year again! GOALS TIME! I actually really look forward to this every year. I love setting goals. It gives me direction and keeps me accountable. So, without further ado, here are my 2018 goals...
LEARN TO LOVE WRITING AGAIN.
AND THEN WRITE!
AND THEN WRITE!
2017 was a rough year for me, and along the way, I lost my love for writing. I had lots of ideas, but when it came time to put my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard, I blanked. No matter what I did, I couldn't get the words out. Needless to say, it's been frustrating. So, I'm going to continue to take my time. I'm not going to push myself to write or get upset with myself if a day (or twelve) goes by that I don't write. And I'm going to focus on just the writing for a while. Basically, I'm going to write what I want to write--the market be damned! Then, eventually, I'll see what I have and jump back into the publishing pool.
1. Finish Eternally Cursed, which is the first book in a YA paranormal romance series.
2. Write the sequel to Eternally Cursed.
3. Write Meet Me at The Mistletoe, a sweet Christmas romance novella for the Christian market.
4. Finish Deception, which is the first book in a new Christian romantic suspense series.
5. Take an inventory of all my half-started YA projects and see if any of them are worth salvaging.
6. Query something! Probably my paranormal romance because it's the only thing I have that's close to finished.
KEEP ON BLOGGIN'
Yup, this is on my goal's list. Again. I should just accept that this is a permanent fixture on this list. LOL. I actually have a few blog posts written and ready to go that I plan to release soon. I'll be talking books, writing, and sharing every step of my journey to finding a new agent.
I'd like to read 2-3 books per month--my TBR pile is monstrous--but I'll be happy with a conservative 1 book per month. Like I did last year, I'll keep a list of what I read and share it at the end of the year.
I'm going to start going to the gym again, at least twice per week. Not because I want to lose weight--although it certainly couldn't hurt!--but because when I exercise regularly, I have more energy and I'm much more productive. It really does get the creative juices flowing.
This is my mindset for 2018. When things seem like they can't get any worse, I will find something positive to focus on. Even amidst rejections and bad reviews, there is always something positive to take away from it. This year, I will become a master at finding the good and sharing it!
What are you goals for this year?
Share in the comments, or post a link to your own goals post!