Now that we’ve shucked off our ugly Christmas sweaters and vacuumed up all the tinsel, it’s time to create unattainable goals for ourselves!
We do this pretty much every single year, or– if you’re like me– you’ve pretended to not come up with resolutions so that you aren’t disappointed by your inevitable failure.
However, now that we’re only a few days away from the swinging 20s, I think this year is the best year to get our lives in order.
So what are my goals?
Well, let’s review my previous failures.
This year I wanted to read 100 books!
…….I read 12.
I mentioned in a previous post that I went through a reading slump where nothing seemed all that intriguing. I’m not sure if it was systematic of where my mental health was at the time, or if it I just couldn’t find anything on offer. Regardless, I hope to read a lot more in 2020.
So instead of going for something overly ambitious like 100, I think I will dial it down to 20 books. 20 books in 2020. Not a bad idea, right?
As for writing….this year I made a resolution to finish at least 1 draft of my novel!
…..I-er- I almost finished an outline…?
Yeah, that was terrible.
I think the problem was I gave myself way too much time to complete it. Life is hectic, yes, but I didn’t need 12 months for a first draft. If I had cut that down to three months or less, I might have been persuaded to hustle more….Or at all, really.
Lesson learned. I will give myself time, but not too much.
I will attempt to write at least half an hour everyday and finish the first draft by March.
As of 2020, I would also like to be more consistent about uploading to this blog. Realistically, I won’t be able to upload everyday like you blog warriors do. Nonetheless, I’m hoping to post at least once every two weeks.
In the past I’ve obsessed over writing the perfect posts when, in reality, it probably doesn’t matter that much. I should do my best, but sometimes you just have to push that Publish button.
Hope you guys did better this year than I did.
Happy Almost New Year!
4 thoughts on “Books, Writing, and Other Goals for 2020”
Sounds like you are a plotter, which means I can’t give you writing advice … but here’s hoping your story and characters will run away with you and you won’t be able to draft fast enough!
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Thank you, Jennifer! I’m actually not a plotter. I’m a pantser looking to reform lol. The problem with being a pantser is my passion takes me to a certain point, but then I invariably arrive at a fork in the road with no map to guide me. Perhaps I could be more like George R R Martin and be a gardener instead. Although he has experienced some difficulties in this arena as well xD.
I think that’s really logical to cut down how much time you have to write a draft- I hope it goes well! And I hope you get over your slump! Good luck with your goals! Happy New Year!
Thank you! I’m hoping so too! Happy New Year 😀