Welcome to 2019, folks. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I can’t believe how quickly 2018 went. So much happened, and so much didn’t happen. But now isn’t the time to look back; now is the time to look forward. So, today I’m going to share my 2019 writing and reading goals.
At the end of last year, I decided that I needed to stop allowing fear and lack of motivation from holding me back in my writing projects. So, this year I’m really going for it, and I will feel the fear and do it anyway.
What does this mean? Well, I’m going to say yes to opportunities that come my way, finish projects and send them out for the world to judge, self-publish my work, try new types of writing and start new projects. I won’t allow fear to stop me from doing what I want and what I need to do, and I want you all to join me on this quest. First, let’s see what my 2019 goals are.
2019 Writing Goals
This year I’ve decided to reduce my writing goals. I planned to do far too much last year, which resulted in me hardly completing anything. So, this time, even though I have loads of projects I can’t wait to work on, I will be taking things a little slower.
My main focus is the first novel, but I would also love to write my second standalone novel, the first novel in my supernatural mystery series and a novella, which was originally the second planned novella. I also want to try my hand at self-publishing a book and eBook. The book will be the flash fiction collection that I wrote in 2017, and the eBook is a new project. I have several drabbles with no homes, so I decided to put them together to make an eBook collection. Both books will be part of my plan to build a fan base — I’ll let you know how I get on with the world of self-publishing in future posts.
Another thing I do want to do in 2019 is to return to writing for the Horror Tree. It’s been over a year since my last post, and I do miss writing for the website, so I will be making more of an effort with writing my posts. I’m working on a post now, so hopefully, it’ll be on the website soon.
2019 Reading Goals
I enjoyed taking part in the Goodreads challenge last year, so I’m planning to do so again. However, this year I’m aiming for 16 books. I also want to start on my new reading lists. Two of these reading lists (paranormal/supernatural cozy mystery and cozy mystery) are to help me to prepare for my supernatural mystery series. I want to see what kind of stories have already been told and how. You can learn a lot from other writers. Having read new female horror authors, I also want to read fantasy authors I haven’t read before, especially female authors. I do have a lot of reading goals, and I might not be able to complete them all, but I’m going to do my best because the more I read, the better.
To help me complete my goals, I will again be breaking up my goals into monthly goals.
My January Writing Goals
- Novel 4th draft – edit chapters 12-42
- Write last three drabbles for eBook collection and edit all drabbles
- Complete novel outline summary for 2nd standalone novel
- Read a short story
- Read a poem
- Read a book from the supernatural cozy mystery series reading list
I’ve tried to keep the goals for January simple because it’s not good to feel overwhelmed at the beginning of a journey. I’ve made some changes in my working environment to help minimise distractions, so I can fully focus on my writing projects. So far, it’s working. Also, the eBook collection has helped to boost my motivation, which is great because I was in real need of a boost.
While there are still lots of goals for 2019, I’m hoping that I will manage to achieve more than I did in 2018, fingers crossed. And, to help me through the challenges I will face, I will listen to my motivational song ‘Get Back Up Again’ from the movie Trolls (see below). I will also remind myself of my motto for the year: feel the fear and do it anyway. Well, that’s the plan. Let’s see how I do.
Do you have any writing goals for 2019? If yes, what are your writing goals?
Happy New Year, everyone!