2019 Goals and Plans

Originally December was going to have a post about writing during the busy holidays, and thoughts on that. But time got away from me, and nothing got done, so obviously anything I would have had to say on that wouldn’t have been valid anyway. :P. So instead, I’m doing a post that’s kind of more for me, but I always enjoy seeing what other people are planning and striving for, so maybe someone else out there will enjoy this too.

My writing goals for 2019.

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1. Spam out a messy first draft of Two. In 2018 I got through the first draft of One. I don’t think I’m quite ready yet to start editing that, but I would like to keep making progress with the Numbers series, so Two it is. This draft is likely to be the messiest first of any of the books, mainly because I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing with it. All three of the others have a little bit clearer path, and I like the characters better, so Two is going to be rough. But hopefully, worth it.

2. Get at least half a first draft of DoER. The Disappearance of Elizabeth Rixton is not only a genre I’m not entirely comfortable with, but is also definitely my roughest story to get through. It deals with some very dark themes and ideas, and includes some content that isn’t necessarily kosher. But I’ve been working through the story for close to four years now, and with a lot of development put in to most of the main characters (and a few of the side ones, oops) I think as long as I’m prepared to face the darkness, it’s time to get this story out. But to keep myself okay, I will likely be taking a lot of breaks, to recover and also figure out what the heck needs to happen next, it may take me a while, and I’m okay with that.

3.  Ronan’s story rewrite. This story was a complete mess. Still is really. But I do still believe in some of it, mostly the characters and theme, so after three years or more, it’s time I take another look at it, and try to beat it into some decent shape.

4. D&S. Likely this will just be in the form of drabbles, and some random scenes with no distinct place or purpose. As much as I love the shape of this story, I’m not sure I’m ready, or mentally in a place to handle, a suicidal POV character yet. But as I get ideas, I certainly will write them out. Maybe I’ll at least get a better idea of where the tale should wander.

5. Write at least one short story. There’s at least one short story contest I know about that I would like to enter, so that is a main goal for me to get a story draft done sooner than later. None of the other goals have a deadline, but this one does, so I need to make sure I remember and focus on this one before crunch time comes.

Bonus goal:

Read 26 books. Ideally this wouldn’t include books for school, but let’s not get crazy here. I’m finally getting back into reading I think, and I did manage to read more than that this year, but I’m also trying to be realistic. Two and a fraction books a month isn’t really too much to ask for.

Next December, if I remember, I’ll look back on this post, with an update of what actually happened, and what ended up falling by the wayside. Make that a goal for 2019 too. :P. It should be fun.

What about you? What are some of your writing goals for 2019? 

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