2017 Writing Resolutions

Keeping myself accountable for my personal writing goals is a resolution I make each year. It helps me put together a plan and then attempt to meet my personal expectations.

This year I’m trying something different: I’m putting these resolutions on the blog so that the Internet becomes my accountability buddy. I’ll also check in throughout the year to see if I hit the goals I set.

And, according to all the recommendations for sticking to resolutions, I’m making them small enough to achieve, measurable, and targeted to specific dates.

Here is my writing plan for 2017:

    1. Blog 2X/month + a regular Writing Resolutions Review
    2. Send out a monthly newsletter
    3. Increase activity on FB, Twitter, and IG by posting something weekly on each platform
    4. The Demon’s Daughter (final draft submitted 12/29/2016)

      1. Determine publication status (2/10/2017 response awaited)

        1. Reach out to author FB groups for how to do newsletter giveaways (cover design, how to share, whether to post to Amazon, etc.)
      2. Market publication
    5. Sea Deception

      1. Beta reader feedback for Sea Deception 1: Sea Dreams – submitted and awaiting responses
      2. Finish Sea Deception 2: Sea Rivals by 1/31 (max 10,000 words left to write = 500 words/day)
      3. Submit Sea Deception 2: Sea Rivals to beta readers for feedback
      4. Contact chosen vendor for cover
      5. Sea Deception 3: Sea Treasures(?) Finish plotting out and write 500 words/day to finish by 3/31
      6. Cover design for Sea Deception 3: Sea Treasures
      7. Series release March 1, April 1, June 1 with pre-orders
    6. Free Worvanz

      1. Resume progress on Free Worvanz 2: WR on April 1 at 2000 words/week or 500 words/day to finish draft 1 by 6/30
      2. New covers for both books – need to find a vendor

Of course I have a number of personal resolutions too, ranging from fitness to new skill development to networking.

What resolutions have you set for 2017, and what steps are you taking to make sure that your resolutions don’t become regrets by February?

2016 Comes to a Close

And what an eventful year it’s been. I’m hopeful, like many others, that 2017 will be an improvement. We’ve had a rough time of it, with scary medical emergencies and several losses in the family this year.

December is usually a bright spot: my birthday comes the week after Thanksgiving, and Munchkin’s birthday mid-month, followed by several celebrations at Christmas. But along the way, we lost K’s last grandparent. It hasn’t been easy processing this or the sharp decline in my father’s health.

Onto brighter topics, stay tuned for several upcoming posts:

1) New Year’s (writing) Resolutions

2) My review of Rogue One (spoiler alert: it’s easily my favorite Star Wars movie, plus so far just one reason Why Engineers Shouldn’t Watch TV)

3) The status of all my big writing projects (Sea Deception novella series, “The Demon’s Daughter” short story, and of course the sequel to “Dark Empire”)

I have a whole bunch of excerpts to post for Saturday Snippets, several ideas for Word Wednesdays, and will continue my series on Why Engineers Shouldn’t Watch TV.

What would you like to hear about in the new year?