Writing goals are ever changing, or, at least, they are for me. Around the first of each month, I look at all of my goals for the year. But I focus on the writing goals the most. Those goals almost always change.
Halfway through the year, two of my four writing goals have changed. That’s good, though, that I recognize my goals are changing. I can make the needed adjustments and know where I am headed next.
I have three good writing clients so I quit my job at The Haven.
This goal has changed to I will have at least two freelancing jobs and will contact at least three clients a week.
First off to make this clear, I do love my Haven job, but one of my long term goals is to be able to travel more. So The Haven doesn’t fit in that plan.
As of now, I have one small freelancing job. It makes me a little extra to help cover the loss of child support. Every little bit helps, right?
Every day I look for writing and editing jobs on a couple of job boards, and I try to apply for at least three a week.
For a while I was applying to any and all that interested me, but now I focus on ones that pay better and that fit in my niches better.
I rewrote my two novels, and they are doing much better than they were.
This goal has changed to I wrote a short story, or prequel, to my novels to give away on my author website.
After posting to one of my writing groups on Facebook, the consensus was I should not rewrite books that I have already published. So that goal went out the window quickly.
Since the beginning of the year, I have learned about having a giveaway on my website as a way to build my email newsletter from people, like Jeff Goins and Nick Stephenson. Instead, I decided to write a short story, or prequel, to my two novels.
The short story will give some additional information about the characters in my two books. I hope to write this story during Camp NaNo in July.
I published my Rick Springfield memoir.
I am working on this book and have started editing it. I had planned to have it published by now, but that obviously isn’t going to happen.
My new plan is to publish by the end of the year.
I marketed my writing and editing business every day for 20 minutes.
I have spent time since the first of the year learning to market my books and myself more. I did a free 30-day marketing experience through Rachel Thompson’s BadRedhead Media website.
If you need to learn marketing, Rachel is the one you should follow. She has years of experience in marketing, and I have learned so much from her.
The last month or so I’ve been working harder at marketing myself and continue learning things I can do better.