It’s a new year, and I’m ready to embrace it. 2016 was a good year, but now I want to see even greater things. While my life consists of so many different types of activities and events, writing plays a major role due to the fact that it’s part of who I am. With this new year comes new goals and dreams, and I’m ready to achieve some awesome things!
Below you’ll see some of my goals as a reader and a writer. I hope you’ll join me in making this year all the more productive than the last, and together we’ll achieve some long-awaited dreams!
My 2017 Reading Challenge
For this year I’m going to follow a reading challenge I’ve compiled for myself. Last year I did not get as much reading done as I wanted, but I plan to change that this year!
Take the challenge with me, or create your own and let me know how you do at the end of the year. Let’s keep each other on track; no slacking off!
This year I will be setting a much better schedule and plan for the blog. You’ll be able to hear from me a lot more in these months to come!
Here’s a sneak peak of some topics you’ll see coming up:
- Story-writing tips
- Book Reviews
- Personal experiences
- More about my work-in-progress
There are so many things to talk about as a writer, and I’m happy to share everything I can with you. It’s been a crazy journey as it is already, but I’m looking forward to all the years of learning to come. I plan to make this a big one!
I have quite a few short stories already finished, and even more that I’ve started. I have a backlog of titles and quick blurbs, a brain-full of ideas, and hands just itching to keep creating. I’ve let a lot of things get in the way, however. Now, though, I won’t be hesitant to get those short stories up for all the world to read.
I’ve previously shared some older stories from years back, but only a couple newer pieces have made it up. I also plan to pursue getting the featured story section living and breathing. That will take me searching out the writers who will submit their work so if you have anything to share at all, let me know!
Start Looking for an Agent
This one makes me nervous. Really nervous. Here’s the thing, though, I feel like a child waiting for Christmas day to come. Anxious, excited, curious, impatient. I do, however, have a couple of other steps to go before I look for an agent for my book, Oradon: Cavern of the Guardian.
Step 1. Gather the funds to have it professionally edited. Earlier this year a family friend went through and did an outstanding job of editing my story and helping me with grammatical and structural elements. It really catapulted me into a new realm with the story that helped me tighten up some weak spots. How embarrassing would that have been to send off for professionals to read?
Now, though, I want to make sure the storyline is as tight as it can be before I send it out. I’m confident in knowing I will get this story published, but I want to be as prepared as I can before I jump into the deeper waters. The service I’ve found is exactly what I was after, and at a reasonable price compared to other editors.
Writer’s Digest has a list of editorial services they offer. Being an avid reader/subscriber to their website, I’m pretty certain I can trust them to do a thorough job. The service I’ll be taking advantage of offers plot and character editing, revision recommendations, a written synopsis, some repetitive grammatical/structural mistakes, and all of this in detail. Sounds perfect to me!
The funds have been the hardest part, but alas I have faith I’ll be there soon.
Step 2. One last edit. Of course, once I get the notes back on what changes should be made, I’ll have to edit the story once more. The thought makes me cringe a little since I’ve been through it half a dozen times, but it’s all a learning process… and hopefully a one-time situation. I’m choosing to look at these two steps as a great learning opportunity.
Step 3. Picking agents. I’ve done some research on literary agents before and have a list compiled of possible candidates, but I’ll need to update that by the time I’m ready to send out a query letter. I also have a query letter to edit, but it’s at least in rough draft form.
Step 4. Send it! Find agent, read their guidelines, follow them, try not to bite nails from nerves. This is the step I’ve been waiting on for so long. To me, it’s probably one of the hardest. Until then, I know I have all my dear friends and family encouraging and believing in me.
Finish Book Two
Once the first book of the Oradon series is done with the final edit, I plan to pick up where I left off in book 2 (I’ll leave the title a mystery for now). I put off writing it due to wanting to make sure it aligns with the first one perfectly, and I can’t do that until the first one is officially finished.
I could easily write it still without waiting, but I’d rather not have to go through editing it so extensively like I’ve had to with this first one. Live and learn, my friends.
Do Something Big
I have something special, something big planned for this year. It’s something I never thought I’d do, but I’ve been contemplating it more recently. There will be some hard work involved and some new steps, but if I do it right it will really benefit my career.
Of course, I won’t be revealing what that plan is yet. You can be certain you’ll hear about it in the next few months, however, for I’m actively pursuing it already. Until then, just know I have a plan and this year I’m going to do it!
Well, there’s some goals for the year. I’ll have plenty more things in between these, but for now I’m sharing these so you can keep me accountable, and also to inspire you to pursue some of your own 2017 writing goals too.
Comment your own goals below. Whether it’s a reading challenge, blog or writing goals, or perhaps something big, I’d love to know what you’ll be going through this year! Let’s be there for each other, and help our fellow writers to accomplish some good things over the next twelve months.