Writing Resolutions for 2016

Posted January 2, 2016 by Briana in Personal / 12 Comments

Like I mentioned in my previous post, 2015 was a big year for me. Here’s hoping 2016 will be even bigger. This year, I want to do everything I can to improve my writing. I’m always looking to improve, and I won’t give up on my dreams. I want to make some serious progress in the next twelve months. With that in mind, I’m sharing my list of writing resolutions for 2016.
Writing Resolutions for 2016

It should come as no surprise that I’m a fan of setting goals. Last year, I set goals for my birthday and for the end of autumn. I keep a running goals list in my planner to remind me of what I’m working towards. Having these goals written somewhere that I’ll see them every day keeps me focused and motivated. The goals apply to all aspects of my life, including health, finance, work, education, social intelligence, and even writing.

As we move into the new year, I’m more focused than ever on my writing career. With that in mind, here are my writing resolutions for 2016:

  • Publish Reflections. I’m working on the first draft now and making solid progress. I haven’t felt this strongly about a novel in a while–I could’t stop thinking about this story while editing Blood and Water. That’s got to count for something.
  • Publish The Palest of Pinks. I wouldn’t normally challenge myself to put out two novels in a year, but I have almost 30K of this one written already, so it shouldn’t be impossible.
  • Update the blog one or twice per week. Three times per week is too much. If I go with once or twice a week (leaning more towards once), that takes off some pressure, and the quality of the posts will improve.
  • Post one vlog per week. For now, this frequency works. If I get much busier, I may have to scale back to one every two weeks.
  • Send out newsletter every two weeks. Or maybe once a month. I haven’t decided. Let me know what you think, please!
  • Get more editing clients. Now that I’m writing and editing full-time, I need to do whatever I can to make sure I can pay the bills. If you know someone who needs an editor, feel free to give my name out!
  • Swap more work with betas. I owe so much to my Blood and Water betas. For Reflections, I’ll definitely need some betas, and maybe even alphas once I’ve finished the first draft.
  • Take something out of the drawer. There are so many novels I tried to write in high school and college. Maybe, just maybe, one of them has potential. At any rate, they might be fun to take out and read–if nothing else, just to see how far I’ve come since then.
  • Get featured on a podcast. I don’t know why I want to do this, but I definitely want to do this.
  • Do more interviews. This resolution is more marketing-related and goes along with the above. Still, since I used to be so shy, I want to work on opening up to people and sharing what’s important to me.

These are just a few of my writing resolutions for 2016. I’m sure I’ll come up with more as the year goes by, and I’ll try to keep you all updated on my progress as well. Let me know what resolutions you have for the coming year so we can hold each other accountable!

What are your writing resolutions for 2016?

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12 responses to “Writing Resolutions for 2016

  1. These all sound cool, Briana! I would definitely like to see more frequent newsletters — biweekly is totally okay for me, although I send mine out monthly. I’m excited to see Reflections and The Palest of Pinks — both sound fabulous 😀

    • Thanks so much, Alyssa! I’m definitely going to do the newsletter more often–right now, I’m feeling once a month more than once every two weeks, so we’ll see what happens. 🙂 As for the two novels, I can’t wait for you to read them!

  2. All fine goals! Mine are similar (I posted them, first to Twitter, and then I gathered them all on my site, here: http://forgottenstars.net/my-2016-goals/ ), although I have to be honest: the stuff that I have in drawers will be staying there (aside from some stories that I like, which I may dust off and post to Wattpad).

    I’m interested in your goal to do more interviews. Got any advice on how to GET interviews? I’d love to do some, but I don’t know how to solicit them or get invited to do them.

    • I LOVE Wattpad! And I’m going to check out your resolutions now. *scurries off*

      I usually have people reaching out to me for interviews, but if someone offers to let you guest post, they might decide to write up some interview questions for you instead.

  3. Zenobia Southcombe

    My biggest (writing) goal is to improve with every book, and just keep working on my mental resilience. Career-wise it’s also to push my painting / illustration income as well.

  4. Astrid Kaniele

    These are all great resolutions. I’ve got a few writing goals that I’m focusing on this year and I talked about them in a blog post. The biggest challenge will be finding an agent since that involves someone other than myself liking my writing. I’m also working on a poetry anthology that I’ll release as a free e-book.
    Astrid
    http://www.astridkaniele.com/

  5. My two writing goals this year are to publish my current WIP sometime this summer, then go back and do a third draft of my previous WIP and get that ready for publication in Spring 2017.

    Like you I also want to get more into betas and be on a podcast!