My 2018 Writing Goals

It’s going to be a big year. I say that every year. Oh well.

It’s that time of year again …

Time for me to tell you a few writing-related things I’m planning to work on in the upcoming year.

Here are my goals — and feel free to share yours too!

Finish at least one of my three incomplete NaNoWriMo drafts

I know I basically say this every year, but this year, I mean it. Especially my most recent project. I’ve taken some time away from it, but know that if I stay out of my story’s realm for too long, I’ll never get back into it. It’s a story I desperately want to share with the world someday, but I can’t do that if I never even finish writing a first draft.

I simply have to continue blocking time out in my schedule for this. I’ve been doing a really great job of it for about a month and a half, and don’t want to let it fall too low on my priority list. Once I finish the draft — and honestly, I think I’m less than 10,000 words away — I’ll give myself some breathing room before I return to it for revisions. And I do plan on doing this — something I haven’t done with a WriMo novel in years. This story keeps nagging me. I take that to mean it deserves extra attention and care.

Create more things that scare me — well; at least one thing

I had a wonderful conversation with someone on Twitter who responded to a NaNoWriMo blog post I wrote about creative comfort zones. He reminded me that there are a lot of people out there who have a hard time writing without fear of judgment, that sometimes bad interactions with not-very-nice people online make it next to impossible for some to publish unapologetically.

I’ve experienced this on a small scale (people like to assume I don’t actually know anything about health when I write about it, for some reason). But as much as I understand how hard it can be for others, I really don’t want to continue letting that kind of fear hold me back.

So I’m going to pursue some projects that make me uncomfortable this year. It doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy the heck out of them. They’re just going to ignite the ever-dwelling anxiety inside me and it’s going to be hard but I’m excited. For me, challenges are good.

Create more awesome Novelty Revisions things

This year, I’m splitting my Novelty focus evenly between the blog itself and its Patreon. I’ve done a terrible job of creating worthwhile content for all of you over there since I launched it toward the end of 2016, and I admit to that shortcoming. I have so many things planned — I haven’t executed any of them yet because, honestly, I wasn’t planning on such an insane year.

But as far as I know, I’m not moving, graduating, or starting a new job in 2018. So I’ll have the kind of stability I need in order to make more things happen. I don’t want to tell you what these things are yet, because I’m still early on in planning stages. But I’ll let you know. If you want to offer monthly support in the meantime, you can, but there’s no obligation. There will always still be free content here for you.

I’m excited for what this next year has in store for this blog and my personal writing life. Okay, now you can tell me at least one thing you’re hoping to accomplish this year. It can be writing-related. Or not. What’s up? What are you doing? How can I help?

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.

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2 thoughts on “My 2018 Writing Goals

  1. hi i have a question? how can i make a short story long?

    On Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 8:05 AM, Novelty Revisions wrote:

    > Meg Dowell posted: “It’s that time of year again … Time for me to tell > you a few writing-related things I’m planning to work on in the upcoming > year. Here are my goals — and feel free to share yours too! Finish at > least one of my three incomplete NaNoWriMo drafts ” >

  2. Good luck with your goals. I have tried to shift my focus for 2018 as well. I have two novels completed that should have been published in 2017, but, for whatever reasons, I procrastinated the year away. They are a focus this year.

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