Every year I go out of my way to try and figure out what I have on, what’s coming up, and what I want to do with it all. Last year I also chose a word to go with it all: Achieve. Next year, the word is: Focus.
Usually what all this means is coming up with a ‘to do’ list which I rarely revisit and check off. In 2018 I’m taking a simpler approach.
I want to achieve three (writing) things in 2018:
- Publish a novel (Divine Prey – formerly Prophecy of Power) by the end of February, but I’ll accept the end of March if life gets in the way. The goal though is February.
- Edit another novel so it’s ready for publication (I have four first drafts to choose from). Ideally, I’d like to publish this novel late next year, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself on that. I’m trying to keep it simple.
- Outline and write a brand new novel (the outlining has already began).
It’s a bit of work and I’ve got a few other things on, but three specific, simple goals should be something I can achieve – and it avoids the long list of tick off items I usually ignore. When it comes down to it, I’d rather kick one or two of those goals than tick off ‘to do list’ items that rarely amount to anything concrete.
So, stating it simply. I intend to:
- Publish a book.
- Edit a book.
- Write a book.
That’s it. What are your goals for 2018?