Before I dive into my literary resolutions for 2017 in next week’s post, I’m going to recap my goals for 2016 and discuss how I achieved them (or not). If you want, you can check out the details on the original post here.
All in all, I did pretty well, but there were several goals not on the list that totally fell by the way side. Halfway through the summer I was supposed to start drafting Strangers (Nel Bently 3) and Blood and Mercy (Reforged, 4). November’s NaNoWriMo was also set aside for drafting the first book in my Polyamorous Pirates romance series (written and published under the name Victoria Spencer). None of these things happened.
There’s also the quality to consider. While I did achieve most of my goals, I totally could have done it better and more throughly. My failures on both counts were certainly due to poor planning and lack of energy for writing. Most of this was due to what a terrible year this was in regards to my personal life (which I go into in our “When Life Hits the Fan” post). I was focused on more important things and when I did find time for myself I wanted to spend it among the support of friends rather than the isolation of writing. Not to mention when I did sit down to write it was forced and I had to trash most of it afterward.
I’m taking all these into consideration as I plan my goals for 2017. I need to set reasonable goals, but also push myself and not get too complacent. Goals are there to challenge us as much as to make us feel accomplished when we check things off. To help with this I’m not only going to write my goals down, but revisit them often as my work and life change throughout the year. Cameron and I are going to help each other stay accountable as well.
Did you set goals for yourself last year? How did you do, and what did you learn that you’re applying to 2017?
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