I do quarterly goals instead of monthly or yearly goals. Three months is long enough that I can keep an eye on my overall vision, and short enough that I can regularly evaluate and make adjustments when life throws a curveball.
My writing goal the first quarter was to re-outline and rewrite my WIP novel, The Witch of the Manor House. Done!
Done! (Cheers, yodels, and general celebration.)
My BLL (Big Lesson Learned) first quarter: I should keep track of word count so my middle doesn’t get bloated. (I mean the middle of my novel, not my gut, though it’s probably wise to keep track of my gut, too.)
This quarter, I want to:
1. By the end of April, polish first 5000 words of Manor House. I will turn in this sample writing to the Horror Writers Association in hopes of entering their mentorship program.
2. By the end of May, complete first edit of Manor.
3. In June, attack (like an animal, grrrr!) whatever assignment my mentor gives me.
4. Make deep, focused work a daily habit. If you want to work in a more focused way when you write, like I’m trying to do, Deep Work, by Cal Newport, is a good resource.
5. Outside of my WIP, study the craft three hours per week every week of this quarter. I’m off to a good start with Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, by Roy Peter Clark.
6. Read through my already-bought TBR and attack my to-purchase (or borrow) TBR as practicable.
7. Attend the 2019 Roanoke Author Invasion (only as a reader, sigh, but some day . . . ) and meet really cool authors. Done!
Done! (More cheers, jigs, and woots!)
At the Roanoke Author Invasion last week I met super cool writers like the bilingual, Norse-knowledgeable Tina Glasneck and the creative, multi-genre C.L. Williams. I found out C.L. Williams only lives a stone’s throw away from me (small world!). I’ll have to do a blog post on the RAI, because I learned a lot.
If you’re a goal-setting kind of person, best of luck this month or quarter on your goals!