Happy 2015! Yes, it’s that time of year again. Everywhere you look, people are making resolutions and setting goals for themselves. Do you find yourself gazing at your new calendar and wondering, “How is it 2015? Where did last year go? I had all those plans…”
If so, don’t stress out. Not everyone accomplishes every goal they set for themselves. Now is a good time to look back at what you achieved last year and start thinking about this year. Evaluating your writing goals and setting reasonable action steps now will help you get on target for 2015.
Perhaps you took time off from writing and want to get back in the swing of things. Maybe your writing muse went on vacation to Hawaii and hasn’t come back yet. That’s okay. It’s fine to take a break from writing for a while – but not too long. Writing exercises, journaling, and free writing story ideas are great ways to revive your motivation.
Keep in mind that everyone’s writing career and goals are different. Think about what you want for you. If you write magazine articles, are there any major publications you’re targeting? Start brainstorming ideas now, make a list of places to send queries, and check out their sites for their latest submission guidelines. (It’s also time to be thinking 3-6 months ahead and plan those spring and summer stories!)
Write fiction? Have you found any new markets? Signed up for online market newsletters? If you’re published in one genre (say, romance or horror), are you going to expand your horizons and write a different type of story this year?
Is the writing part going fine, but you need to develop (or enhance) your online profile and/or marketing? Explore writing-related websites and blogs, Yahoo Groups, social media groups, and advertising opportunities for your work. Are your blog, website, newsletter, and author page(s) up-to-date, or should they get a refresh (or a major overhaul) for the new year?
The start of a new year is also a good time to do some simple “housecleaning” and organizing. Sort through old writing guidelines and throw out or delete ones you’re never going to use. Update your writing resume (you do have one, right?), and back up your files! Spend time targeting your goals now, and you’ll be on your way to success!
So what’s on my agenda for this year? I’ve already updated my blog and website, created a new Facebook author page, and built more than a dozen boards on Pinterest. I’m also editing my upcoming book on how to write fiction, working on another historical romance, and outlining a few horror stories. Once I finish all that, I’ll take a breather and think about my next set of goals.
Happy Reading & Best Wishes in 2015!
ABOUT KELLI A. WILKINS
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 90 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 4 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels and yet she’s also been known to scare readers with a horror story.
In 2014 Kelli published three romances: Dangerous Indenture (historical/mystery), Wilderness Bride (historical/Western/adventure), and A Secret Match (a gay contemporary). Her horror fiction appeared in several anthologies, including Moonshadows and Wrapped in White.
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