What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?
I’ve been taking part in a monthly goal blog hop, which posts on the last Friday of every month, since Feb 28, 2014. Thanks to that, I can answer this question in a fairly organized manner.
A MAIN LIFE GOAL:
- Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
Current Writing End Goals
From the End Goals of an Author post.
- Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20
- Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
- Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.
- This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.
- Publish a book
- Enter 3 writing contests –One down
Goals for July 2018:
- Write the My SPIRIT post
- Missed #NaNoProMo so catch up
- Follow more All Author group members on Twitter
From the Goals Feb 2014 post:
The BIG MAIN GOAL:
Publish two decent-selling book series
- Have 5000 Twitter followers At 8,097 today.
Goals for March 2014:
- Rewrite query I did that several times.
- Change setting in Fraction of Existence to see if it strengthens the story It didn’t, so that draft died.
- Work on the other fantasy book series (started during NaNoWriMo) Still working on this.
From the Feedback on me PART 2 post written in 2013, where I created a vague timeline to show my goals. (I’m no longer as attached to the idea of my Snookums and I adopting a child. And I’m doubtful that Entertainment Weekly is going to come a calling. I also have a goal to make it to 75 instead of 73… stay tuned.)
The mark for “present” was June 2013, and Fractions of Existence published in Sept 2017.
It is okay to disregard a goal that is no longer important to you.
Here’s the oldest blog post of mine I can find where I mention goals: G is for Goal #AtoZChallenge 2012.
“to have my book series represented by an agent who will get it published and then celebrate with me when the books appear on the New York Times best-seller list”
After realizing that my Urban Fantasy doesn’t use most of the currently most popular featured items, I gave up trying to land an agent and self-published. It’s much more difficult for an indie author to reach the number of people, in a short time, to land on the NYT best-seller list.
The other goals I listed:
- To get 300 signers on the what-are-they.com guestbook. 129 signed
- To complete this A to Z blog challenge. Did that in 2012!
- To get 1000 likes on my Facebook fan page Total Page Likes as of Today: 1,386
- To get an agent. Gave up this goal.
- To finish writing book two. Still working on this.
So I still have the goals of writing, and keeping up with the blogging and social media that goes along with it. But I’ve since embraced being an indie author, and changed my life goals.