Another Year: Goals for 2019

The New Year is a time to review the past year and set new goals for the fresh year.  So, how’d I do with my 2018 goals?

So-so.

I did hit my writing goal, coming in at 536,539 words written in 2018.  Whew!  I am never doing that again!  The pressure to produce was pretty overwhelming, even when I’d built up a comfortable cushion.  It became the overarching purpose of my writing, and I don’t think that was necessarily a good thing.  That being said, my writing became downright lubricated.  I’m proud of my accomplishment, and I had a lot of fun in the process.

My second goal was to have The Color of Trauma pitch-ready by 2019.  Fell short on that one.  I did go through the next draft, and completed it with my critique group.  Now Trauma is taking a wee nap.

The last goal I set for myself in 2018 was to have my short story, “Love in the Crow’s Nest” published.  I didn’t even try with this one.  The closest I came to this goal was reading through the story once.  I still think it needs a trim.  Total fail on this goal.

So, 2018 was a mixed bag of goal accomplishing.  Let’s see if I can’t do better in 2019.

2019 Goals:

The Color of Trauma:  I plan to pick her up in the next few days and cut at least 5K words and fix a few, known issues. Then it will be ready for beta readers, I hope, by the end of January. I’ll set aside a month or so for feedback, then I hope to do a final pass through edit. And then my baby will be ready to pitch by April 20 (my brother’s birthday). The last goal for this project is to have an agent by the end of the year.

New Project:  Due to my heavy word output last year (and previous years), I have a huge backlog of partially written stories.  As is my custom, none of them are properly plotted or organized.  Since I’ve gone through the last of The Color of Trauma with my critique group, I need to pick a new project to work through.  I have nine contenders.  Seriously.  The good news about this goal is that eventually, it will be my turn to be critiqued, and I’ll be forced to make a decision.  Once I do that, my goal will be to have the first draft of that project finished by the end of the year.

“Love in the Crow’s Nest”:  Still like this little story, and I’m going to try, finally, to find it a home.  It’s short enough I can probably afford to pay someone smarter than me to take a look at it and get some feedback.  I’d like to have it ready to submit by Valentine’s Day.  My goal is to find at least ten places to pitch it by June 1.

My writing style is mostly pantser–writing by the seat of my pants, seeing where the story goes and trying (or not trying) to work out the structure later.  I keep telling myself that it would be nice to write a story that’s already got a rough outline, but then I never do it.  So, my final fiction writing goal for 2019 is to have one novel plotted out by October 31 (just in time for NaNoWriMo).

The last goal is for this blog.  I was horrible last year at posting!  So, this year, I’ve set the goal of making at least 18 posts (splitting the difference between a monthly post and a bi-monthly post).

To anyone out there reading this, I hope you have your own goals to reach your dreams, wherever your passion lies.  Thanks for being a little piece of mine.

Let’s go 2019!!*

*(1 post down, 17 more to go)

3 thoughts to “Another Year: Goals for 2019”

  1. Hollie, you had a great 2018! Who could do more than write over 500,000 words?
    I’m sure you read a zillion books on top of your writing goals too.

    This year’s goals seem much more balanced. Hope we can support each other in doing our best.

    Have a great 2019!

  2. I love reading about your thought process, Hollie. It’s like “inside the mind of a writer.” I’m looking forward to reading your blog and your writing this year. Thanks for sharing a look at the process.

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