At the beginning of the year I made five writing goals. They were:
- Stay focused on my three main projects instead of constantly bouncing between ideas and never finishing anything.
- Finish a detailed outline of the fantasy series that I’ve been working on and write at least one chapter a week. It’s going to take a long time to finish this one, so the sooner I get focused, the better.
- Draw more so I can improve my skills and draw characters, etc. to go along with my stories.
- Write at least two chapters of something a week.
- Actually share my writing with others in some way.
Goal Number One
I took this one even further and I’m now focusing on one project (and occasionally some short stories). I tried working on all three, but it just wasn’t working. I think I want so badly to finish everything I want to write that I’ve tried to work on as many things as possible at one time so they would be done faster. But I’ve realized that doesn’t work. I’ll start writing something one way, then move on to something else for a bit, then by the time I go back to the first thing I’ve had so many ideas for things to change that I decide to just start over and then I never finish anything.
I abandoned one project because it just wasn’t working and I didn’t want to work on it anymore. The other two are still really important to me, but I needed to choose one, so I chose the one that I most wanted to work on at the time. I finished an extremely rough first draft and now I’m about 10,000 words into a second draft.
Goal Number Two
I partially met this goal. I did finish an outline, but this isn’t the story I chose to focus on, so I haven’t written anything for it in months. I’m definitely going to come back to it. It’ll probably be the next thing I work on when I’m done with what I’m working on now. I still think about it from time to time and I’ve written down some ideas. I don’t know if I’ll start over or keep going with what I have done now because there are definitely some big changes I want to make and it’s been awhile, but I’ve also restarted this story from the beginning so many times already because of changing ideas. If I did restart it would be the last time. I want to write it the whole way through and actually finish it before going back to the beginning.
Goal Number Three
I completely failed on this goal. I haven’t drawn anything. It’s still something I want to do, I just need to commit and make the time to do it. I want to be able to draw my characters and settings and anything else I can think of as I work on writing something.
Goal Number Four
I definitely haven’t written two chapters every week because there have been weeks where I haven’t written anything at all, but I think if you took all the chapters I have written it would average out to at least two chapters a week.
Goal Number Five
I did this, but I feel like I should have done more. I shared bits of my writing every week here as part of wordbound, but that’s all I’ve done. I haven’t shared any of my writing with anyone I know, so unless they follow me on Twitter and happened to see the links to this blog and read the posts, they haven’t read anything I’ve written.
But I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself to share everything I’ve written. Considering how anxious I was about sharing my writing at all, I would say I’ve definitely made progress just sharing the little bit I’ve posted here. I’m feeling more and more comfortable putting my writing out there. There may not be a lot of people reading, but it’s out there, and that’s a big step forward for me.
Revised 2017 Writing Goals
- Finish the second draft of the story I’m working on.
- Revise the outline of the fantasy series so I can start working on it as soon as I’m ready.
- Finish one drawing every week.
- Write at least two chapters a week.
- Keep sharing my writing here.