Hello fellow word lovers! Well, it’s that time of year where we celebrate the coming new year and proclaim what we plan to accomplish. Yeah, I had pretty much stop doing these New Year’s Resolutions, because let’s be honest 99% of us never make it past February 1st.
But I thought I would give my hand at it, for writing sake. I follow a YouTube writer by the name of Jenna Moreci who sets yearly and quarterly goals. At first I thought nothing of it until I ran across a Facebook group ’12 books in 12 months’.
Well, that Goal is a bit much.
Now, I think it is insane to attempt to write 12 books a year with a word count of 40,000 words per book. In the end, that’s a total of 480,000 words per year. My question is when do you find time to actually breath let alone sleep.
Granted there are authors out there who pump out self- published books every month and they make a pretty good living doing it. But I have run across a few of those, and they tend to be pure crap. And the shocker to this, there are actual writers who completed this goal and listed their titles and word count. My mind was totally blown by this.
One writer posted that she did, in fact, write twelve books. Total word count of all twelve books: 896,739 words. And she claims to write two blogs a week and one newsletter a week. I can honestly say that I am thoroughly impressed. Hats off to those who can achieve such a goal.
Combining the goals floating around.
So I have decided that I will not be doing twelve books in a year. I have to much other stuff to do and I don’t want to pump out total crap. I’m not dissing the writers who do, but if half of your titles are in reference to cat or food puns, it makes me think that you totally fried yourself in the creativity department. Though cute, I am just not at the level, we’ll just say that.
It took me a year and a half to outline and write one book, but that was me letting life get in the way. I plan to improve on this timeline as much as possible. As I said in my earlier post, I haven’t been treating writing as a business it’s been more of a hobby. But as they say, if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
In my months of grief, I found that I love to write. As I sit here now and write this post, there is just a joy and zest that I haven’t found with doing anything else that I like. Even reading, so this is me, turning words into my career in any way I can. Some things will be talked about in a later post along with a break down of my goals.
My Writing Goals for the year.
- Writing 3-4 Short Stories a month with the word count of 2,500-8,000
- Use a writing prompt once a day, a minimum of 500 words
- Complete four rough drafts for the year
- Post blogs twice a week (Every Monday & Wednesday)
- Start a Web Writing Business
- Publish at least one Novel.
I know, this list looks pretty short. But I am new to this, and once I break it down in the next post you will understand how big of a list this really is. Well, that is it for today, I have to go make cheesecake for my family’s annual New Year’s Eve gathering. Later word lovers and Happy New Year!