Category Archives: Writing thoughts

Are you making new writing goals for 2022?

With 2022 arriving soon, have you made plans for your writing? For example, have you made goals on what you would like to accomplish?

Such goals can include:

– writing daily

-try to do more marketing

-revising or editing a current WIP

-submitting to contests

-submitting to publishers of any size

I have not sat down to list my goals. I know two of my manuscripts need to be edited for two of my publishers. I have been slow in doing that the last few months.

Also, I have thought of being more active on my social platforms.

I am not trying to make too big of a goal that will end up floundering and to where I digress instead of progressing.

There are so many aspects when it comes to writing. It involves more than sitting down and writing. A naive thought I had many years ago.

But goals I set, in the beginning, helped me get to where my platform is now. And since I want to continue to grow, setting goals is a place to start.

I need to spare a few minutes and work out what I would like to accomplish short and long term for the upcoming year.

Good luck to all.

Do you sometimes write with no goal in mind?

Sometimes you need to write on something that will lead nowhere. It could be in a genre you haven’t written in, a topic or subject that gets you writing that can include a picture or word prompt. It gives you a break that could open the door to more opportunities as well.

NaNoWriMo has done that for me. I have won three times. One person told me if they did not lead to publication, what was the point? A valid point if that was my goal for NaNoWriMo.

Trying something new is less stressful if it leads to nothing and you are doing it just for the fun of it, to express yourself and enjoy.

NaNoWriMo has shown me that I can write in different genres. I can write a novel that is in 70-100k words and more. It has given me a new outlook on what I can do as a writer.

To me, that is worth the long hard month of getting NaNoWriMo completed. I know someone who structures it as Need To Write More November, which is a great goal if you are trying to complete an existing manuscript or getting in the habit of writing more.

If nothing else, writing with no intention of where it will go keeps me in a writing spirit that could lead to nothing or something.