This will be my obligatory end-of-the-year post. I don't know why I feel compelled to write this, but I do. Maybe it has to do with my coming to terms with how powerful goals really are. This will be a bit bland compared to my other posts, fair warning, but if you are interested in what I am looking forward to next year (in regards to this blog and my writing), read on.
I have begun to realize that I can accomplish a lot when I have a plan, and surprisingly little when I do not. Therefore, this will not only be a forward-looking post, but also a look back at where I was one year ago today.
Over the last year I have definitely moved forward with this writing thing. I know that what I have done is not much, but compared to what I was doing in 2012 I have really taken off. The highlights for the year would be:
- Started this blog (and haven't given up yet)
- Wrote 4 short stories (started and abandoned a few more than that)
- Nearly finished a new novel
- Secured a few rejections for a short story that I am still attempting to find an outlet for
Aside from writing, I was able to do a few more cool things this year:
- Took a 3-month trip to Australia for work
- Got a few raises and a decent bonus
- Took a few trips to visit family in various parts of the country
- Watched my son learn how to crawl, then walk, then talk
For next year, I want to build on the momentum I have started with my writing. I'm not quitting my job, I'm not throwing everything in to this, but I do enjoy it and want to see how far I can take it. So as far as my writing is concerned, 2014 shall see:
- My completed novel (the one I have nearly finished) in rough draft, then run through a first major edit.
- At least one published short story
- Write six new short stories
- Write a little bit every single day, and set up a system to keep track of that writing
- Outline my new novel idea
I also have written down goals for other areas of my life (personal, career, health, etc.) but would rather not post those here. It may look cliche', but to summarize a few of them:
- Being more intentional about my marriage
- Exercising more consistently
- Being more intentional about fellowship with friends
- Widening my reading
I am honestly really excited about what this next year is going to bring. There are changes, new experiences, and deeper relationships to explore. I hope that your new year will be just as exciting!