Happy New Year everybody!
For me, the first week of January is a time for planning, setting new work schedules and being specific about what I want to achieve by the end of the year - a habit I developed during my teaching years. I usually set myself five main targets and try to be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) about them.
Throughout the planning process, I consider what lessons I learned throughout the last year – the most poignant of 2016 being to plan the editing process more efficiently. Not only did I misjudge the amount of time needed for completing the rewrites of my novel (it is the first and no doubt I’ll get quicker in time), but I also assumed that my editor could slot my work in when I wanted it done – oops! More forward planning is featuring heavily on my planner, which in turn sets me more deadlines – a good thing for someone who is easily distracted.
My five targets for this year, in no particular order, are:
- To publish my début crime novel
- To finish creating my website and go live
- To complete, edit and publish my mystery novella
- To build up a mailing list
- To complete the first draft of my second crime novel
Whatever your aims or aspirations are for this year, writerly or not, I wish you all the best.
Today is also the first posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group of 2017. The IWSG is a safe place for writers to express their fears and insecurities in a supportive environment. Join us at www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com And don't forget to sign up for the IWSG Newsletter - it's filled with great advice written by writers for writers.
This month's IWSG Reflective Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
For me, there is none. Naturally there are rules I ignore, rules that I’ve learned from but unless we hear opinions, guidelines and preferred procedures, we cannot make informed decisions of our own.
Wishing all at IWSG a successful and prosperous new year, filled with lots of great books and stories!