I am constantly pushing you to set writing goals, so that you can achieve everything you want to achieve by working smarter and focusing on what it’s going to take to get you to your finish line. I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t bother to set my own writing goals. I’m going to share a few of my goals for the year with you, in hopes that you will create your own and work as hard as you can to accomplish them.
Finish writing previous NaNoWriMo novels before November 1
One of my goals from last year was to finish writing my NaNoWriMo 2015 novel. I chipped away at it all year, but it’s still not finished. So this year, I’m going to finish it. I’ve sort of been avoiding certain parts of it, for personal reasons, but I really just need to get over it and let the story unfold and finish itself out.
I’m also going to finish the book I started writing this past November. I’ve grown a lot in the past few years, and I don’t want to outgrow these novels too much before I have the chance to finish them. That’s where I’m at in my fiction writing: each new book helps me grow, but if I spend too much time on it, it gets harder to continue writing a story I started when I was “younger,” in a writing-mentality kind of way. It’s time to finish them, put them aside and see what comes next.
Participate in only one WriMo (November)
It might seem a little strange that I’m setting a goal NOT to do something, but trust me, I should have done this last year and really regretted not doing it. WriMos are great for beginners, and really motivating for people who want to finish something and need that sense of purpose and accomplishment. I still plan on participating in NaNoWriMo, but I can’t do it three times in one year anymore. During both Camps last year, I rushed to finish on time, and while that’s good practice for meeting tight deadlines, I get plenty of that at my job now. There’s just not enough time. I only have so much energy to spare.
Knowing I only have to do one WriMo this year will give me more time to do whatever I can to help this blog to grow and thrive – which I’ll talk more about next. I’m also fairly certain this year will be my final NaNoWriMo. It will be my tenth. I love it; I love my role as an ML and I love the chance to work on a new book every year. But I’m tired. I need to be really careful about how I use my time. There are no guarantees, but we’ll just have to see how this year goes. There’s plenty of time. Hopefully.
Continue daily blog posts and grow Novelty Revisions
Last year we doubled the amount of WordPress followers we had at the beginning of the year, which is a good indicator that what I’m putting out there is interesting and helpful, at least to people who use WordPress. But the amount of hits each post gets has pretty much stayed the same, which means new people are subscribing, but people either stop reading or never really start in the first place. That’s just how it goes. If you’re not interested, you’re not interested. But one of my goals is to produce more content you’re all interested, beyond just blog posts. This isn’t about me, about more followers, about better traffic. These are all side effects of whether or not you are valuing from what I’m putting out there. I want the best for you. That is what matters to me more than anything.
You’ve probably missed this, so listen up. Last month I officially launched a Patreon page for this blog. In terms of blog posts, I will NEVER force you to pay to read anything that gets published here. I also don’t do product reviews and I don’t put up ads. We’re all here to learn and grow together, as people who like writing and creating things. I want to do more – I want to put together courses. I want to develop a writing mentorship program. I want to make videos and write short success guides. I want to help you succeed in writing, whether it’s your dream job or just a hobby. I know all these things combined will help you get more out of this experience. But I can’t do any of that for free. I would love to be able to continue to volunteer my time to help you, but I just can’t keep doing that.
So if you are at all interested in staying updated with what’s coming to this blog in 2017, or you want to help me develop new things, or you just want to financially support a blog that’s still in such an early stage of growth, you are more than welcome to become a patron. You can donate as little as $1 a month; the more support I have, the more I can do to help keep you focused and inspired to create awesome things. If you can’t, it’s OK – I understand. I’m still glad to have you here. You are amazing. Think about it. Check out the page for a sneak peek at some of my plans. We grew a lot last year, but we can do better. I know we can.
Of course, if you can’t afford to donate, you’re always encouraged to spread the word. Share posts you think other people might find helpful. And as always, keep up with the comments. They always make me smile.
I have a lot of plans beyond these – things I’m not ready to announce yet; things I’m not sure will be able to happen this year. But I’m going to try. I’m going to try harder than I did last year. I’m going to read and watch more, but I’m also going to work on creating more. I got a little lazy toward the end of last year. I really don’t want that to happen again.
What are your 2017 writing/creating goals? Share them with the class. (: Encourage each other. You’re going to do great.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.