How wild is it that it’s 2018 now? (And honestly, praise be.) I’d planned to do this post in January, but now is so much better. At the beginning of every year, I try to come up with a list of things to check off in the new year. Right now, that means strengthening my self-discipline as an artist.
Whether you’re a writer or a lawyer or something else, I'll bet you've made some new year’s resolutions. Like me, you might have some negative associations with the concept. Instead of using “resolution,” why not give “goal” a try? Personally, I have a few goals this year:
Finish Girls’ School. I’m still on the second draft, and I really think I want to query this one. That terrifies me, but we’ll see what happens. I don’t want to do this all on my own anymore.
Move into my new apartment. February 17! (If we talk to each other a lot and you’d like my mailing address, feel free to reach out.)
List the Reflections audiobook. After having (finally!) found a great narrator, I’m thrilled to say that this audiobook should be available by summer.
Query Girls’ School. Just "query." Focusing on the only part of the process within my control. After writing the query letter and sending the MS to agents, it’s out of my hands.
Read 1-2 books per week. I want to become a better writer, so I’m going to read more books. Also, books are neato.
Determine a consistent posting schedule. Not only for this blog, but also for YouTube and my newsletter. I’m busy, but not too busy to connect with friends and readers.
Draft a new project. Not quite sure which one yet, but I’m thinking it’ll be a YA thriller or horror novel.
Publish horror anthology with my critique partner. Sorry, Amanda! We’re still doing this! I’m just not sure of the timeline right now.
Audition for a theatrical production. I miss the theatre like crazy. I’m putting myself out there this year and going out for more auditions.
Learn to make bath bombs. Because I love bath bombs. Also because selling them could be a new side hustle.
Most of my goals relate to writing, but that’s because I’m trying to make more room in my life for the work that most fuels me. This year I’m making my art my big focus. I encourage you to do the same.
What are some of your goals for this year? I’d love to hear from you!
What goals have you set for 2018? Author @brimorganbooks is sharing some of hers. (Click to tweet)