The last thing I wrote about was NaNoWriMo 2017 (which I started and didn’t finish), so I thought my 2017 writing goals was a great place to pick up again.
I wrote a menu with a variety of goals for myself in 2017. At the time, I liked the idea of having many things from which to choose to accomplish. As the year progressed, the amount of goals felt daunting—even though I never set out to do all of them. It’s nice to have options but I think next year I want to focus on one or two big goals per category.
2017: My Year in Writing
2017 Writing goals
The list below is the original list I wrote in 2016. I crossed off items throughout 2017 as I decided I no longer wanted to work on them.
- Join a writing group. ✅
- I joined a writing group and participated for most of the year—until I began teaching because that took more time than I anticipated.
- Continue my daily writing habit. ✅
- I wrote daily for most of the year up until the last couple of months. I have been burnt out (creatively and otherwise) because of the holiday season with too many commitments. I did make a TON of crafts in this writing lull (a quilt and almost an entire crocheted blanket!).
Write three blog posts a week. Keep writing on my novel.
- Finish writing Tokens of Kindness book ✅
- I finished a first draft of this and submitted this to my writing group for review. They gave great feedback but I haven’t written a second draft yet. This may become my 2018 goal.
- Edit Tokens of Kindness book
- (see above)
Finish designing Tokens of Kindness book Publish and publicize Tokens of Kindness book Edit Graphic Design Social book Write “Tokens of Kindness” section of Graphic Design Social book Fix design of Graphic Design Social book Publish and publicize Graphic Design Social book
What I Wrote in 2017
- Lots of reviews of other people’s work—for the writing group I joined and for others who asked me to review their work
- Finished draft 1 of my Tokens of Kindness book (workbook based on my grad school thesis)
- Started a 3rd draft of my creepy hotel romance/thriller
- Started another version of my time-travel romance (this stemmed from the same 1st version as the creepy hotel romance/thriller did)
- Blogged semi-regularly (1-2x a week) most of the year until I started teaching, which took up more of my time than I anticipated
- A short story for a 24-hour writing contest in MPLS
- Character sketches and outlines of various short stories connected to the creepy hotel novel(s)
Although I didn’t meet all the lofty goals I set out to achieve, I think I did pretty well this year with writing.