The Good and the Bad of My 2016 Writing Goals

writing goalsMost writers are spending this last week reviewing their 2016 goals and looking ahead to 2017. I’ve been thinking about them for a couple of weeks.

I didn’t hit all of my goals as I had wanted. But I sure gave it a better chance than last year. Every year things improve more for me.

This year I wrote more words than last year. I don’t think I hit 100k last year, but this year I’m at over 179k. I also “won” National Novel Writing Month, something I hadn’t done in the last three years.

I have learned some things this year. I’ve learned to use my Passion Planner better than in 2015, and I’ve figured more ways to use it for next year.

Goal 1

I will have at least two freelancing jobs and will contact at least three clients a week.

At the end of July, I took part in a 60-day challenge to help me get started with freelancing. The young man in charge did a great job of teaching us how to cold pitch ideas.

And I did land one job that paid what I had asked. However, it wasn’t a long lasting one.

I did continue to pitch after the challenge was over, but I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do. I want to pitch ideas to blogs and websites online.

One of my new goals for 2017 will be to focus on getting editing jobs. I enjoy that work much better.

Goal 2

I wrote a short story, or prequel, to my novels to give away on my author website.

Just like I said I would in July, I did write this short story during Camp NaNoWriMo. I have put it aside since then. However, I will edit and format it the first part of 2017.

Goal 3

I published my Rick Springfield memoir.

I did get more editing on this book done, but I won’t get it published by the end of the year.

I have decided to put as much as I can into it, and I would like to add some photos, too. I have the huge project of putting a box of memorabilia in order before I can continue any further.

I am pushing to get this published as soon as I can in 2017.

Goal 4

I marketed my writing and editing business every day for 20 minutes.

I haven’t done the marketing of my business on a consistent basis, but I have done it from time to time. I want to be more consistent with this in 2017.

Rachel Thompson has published a book called 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: How to energize your book sales in a month on Amazon this past week. It’s already a hit among authors. Even though I went through her email challenge, I will purchase the book because social media changes every minute.

I look forward to seeing what the changes are in the book and working on marketing my book and business.

Looking back at 2016, I haven’t done too bad, but I could have achieved my goals if I had pushed myself a bit more. I am determined to hit more of my goals in 2017.

Did you achieve your 2016 goals? Why or why not?
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