After reviewing my goals for 2016 and looking back on what worked and what didn’t I sat down to look at what I want to accomplish this year. For those of you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll know my more personal goals have taken a higher priority after the disaster that was 2016. These are my professional goals, broken into Writing, Publishing, and Marketing (which Cameron tells me I should maybe start doing more of, instead of hiding in a hole). Asterisks mark my stretch goals or an alternate project if I get totally stumped on another one.
How am I going to get these done (Other than plodding forever on with some alcohol and Cameron jabbing me with a cattle prod) I’ll set aside time each week, working around my day job schedule (and the drinking schedule that goes along with that). I’m going to make sure to strike a balance between revisions/editing and drafting, since they use very different parts of the creative brain. This year I’m making drafting a priority, rather than publishing. I’m looking forward to getting a backlog of material so I don’t have to take too much time between publishing the final books in my series. I’m also focusing on working on what I’m inspired to do, rather than what I have to do, deadline wise. That way I feel better and more interested in what I’m doing (therefore it’s more likely to get done).
As far as marking goes, I’ll be able to automate a lot of my promotions and posts, so once it’s set, I can focus on other things.
To help keep me accountable I plan to check in with Cameron and my network of other authors regularly. This will help motivate and inspire me. I’m also going to be open about my goals and my struggles to reach them, so I’ll have more pressure to succeed and more support when I don’t.
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