What’s Up Wednesday: The New Year Edition


It’s officially 2019. Time for new writing goals.

Big Yikes.

I have a lot to do this year, writing-wise, and coming off the shitstorm that was 2018, I’ve got my work cut out for me. But I’m up to it.  Here is the tentative always-subject-to-change list of writer goals for the year:

    • I’m sort-of taking a great online course that I found on iTunes. Creative Writing: A Master Class by Academy of Achievement features nearly 40 audio and video podcasts containing unique insights from more than 30 authors (big names, too!). I say sort-of because the course also involves buying a lot of books and reading them, and with all my time commitments (and tight finances), I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to do that. But I can do the audio portions during my long commute to the day job.
    • I’m spending all of January hammering out a marketing plan for the year. I’ve already got a couple of things on the event calendar, but I’ve really got to keep my name and books out there, since I won’t have anything new on the shelves in 2019, unfortunately.
    • I’m working on finishing off the Irish trilogy, and then I have a fresh story behind it eating my brain matter. I’ve been scribbling bits of it here and there just to get it out, but it deserves a fully-fleshed out outline.
    • I’m going to edit my contemporary YA  NaNoWriMo project and hand it off to my agent.
    • I’m making a firm commitment to a Stephen King-ish 2,000 words a day. The best way to solidify a habit is to do it. Every. Damn. Day.

So that’s the plan for 2019 – so far. If 2018 has taught me anything, it’s that life rarely goes according to plan.  Here’s hoping for a nice, dull year so I can get things done.

What about you? What are your writer goals for 2019?

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