Okay, so quick confession. I had this article title lined up for today, but I had no idea what to write. When I brainstorm for the upcoming articles, I don’t always plan ahead. So I took a quick break from my scheduled writing time to think about my writing goals for next year.
I already had a vague idea of what I wanted to accomplish. When you have a five-year plan, it’s often more of the same.
I usually have four big writing goals for each year. Four is a good number for me, especially since I don’t just leave them as big overarching goals for the whole year. I break them into actionable steps.
Let me show you what I mean.
Every year I sit back and make four big goals and put them in the rightmost column. The writing is a bit small, so I’ll break them down for you here.
- Have 5 Imposter’s Guides finished
- Line edit Planted
- MA Year 1
- Stick to publishing schedule 2022
Imposter’s Guide is my business. I’m writing guides that will help new writers focus and learn about specific areas of the writing process. My goal is to launch at some point, but for now, I want to get my stock ready. I’ve decided that having five guides fully ready to publish is a great start and gives me a comfortable amount of room for mistakes as I learn how to be a proper businesswoman.
Planted is my novel, of which I’ve just finished the developmental edit. I’ll be line editing next year. It’s an exciting time for my little side project. I’m hoping to get it to a place where I can send it to beta readers by next year.
Thirdly is the first year of my master’s degree. It’s a two-year course, so I want to keep up with the coursework and get good grades. This is a writing goal because my MA is in creative writing, so it fits here quite nicely.
Stick to publishing schedule for 2022 is what I’m currently doing. I publish every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and I want to continue that. All of my articles go on Medium and my website. I currently have a publishing schedule that works well for me, so this one is about maintaining a habit and getting my writing schedule locked down.
Six Monthly Goals
Next, I break up my yearly goals into what I need to accomplish by the six-month mark.
So I want to fully complete two guides. Arguably two and a half, but I’ll have more time to work on them in the summer holiday, so it’s two for now.
I will need to edit twelve chapters of Planted, which currently has twenty-four total chapters.
Then my yearly goal of finishing the first year of my MA is complete by this point. My final piece is due in May, which will give me plenty of time to focus on finishing up my other goals for the six-month deadline.
Lastly, the boring one, still just trudging along with my publishing schedule. There is not too much I can say about it.
After I’ve reached the second half of the year, I will update these goals for the second half and reevaluate where I stand.
Quarterly goals are breaking the six-month goals up again into tangible steps.
So proofread writing habits which is the last step for my Imposter’s Guide. Formatting will come later but getting it proofread is the big first goal.
Edit six chapters of Planted, again not much to say here.
I won’t go into the other two because it’s essentially just sticking to my work schedule for the whole time. Pretty boring.
My monthly goals are currently for December. I’ll change them to January as I complete them or before the new year rolls around.
You’ll notice that none of my December goals are writing-related. Because I’m ahead, I decided to give myself a month off of extreme work. Currently, my writing goal is to get my articles lined up for December so I can have a two week Christmas holiday.
If all goes according to plan, I’ll be able to have a break without missing a publishing day. This is the first year I’m attempting this, so we’ll have to wait and see if it works. Your guess is as good as mine. I’m writing this on the seventh of December, and I have a great lineup for the upcoming month.
I’ll be taking time off from the twenty-fifth of December until the eighth of January. You should be getting articles every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during that time, so… fingers crossed.
My monthly goals for January for next year will all be practical steps towards achieving my quarterly goals, so I’m sure you can have a good guess and what those will look like.
Anyway, it’s time for you to make your writing plans.
Setting Your Own Goals
Feel free to steal my format, but even if you don’t, please remember that you can’t set up lofty goals without making practical plans for getting there.
Make sure that you set up kind goals for yourself—things you can accomplish even with a couple of off days.
Best of luck, happy New Year, and as always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf.