Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Writer's Wednesday: Looking Ahead to 2020

The future is approaching at light speed...

Last Wednesday for the IWSG I did my review of 2019 accomplishments and failures. This week, it's time to set some goals for 2020!

The first challenge: decide if I want to set aspirational goals or realistic ones (solution: set both, but know the difference!).

So my realistic goals:
1. Revise, edit, polish, and publish Pismawallops PTA #5, Death By Donut. The draft from November/December is open on my laptop, and I've begun the first stage (notes).
2. Write a flash for each of the six WEP posts. Even if I'm traveling.
3. At least one blog post/week, even when traveling. Ideally, I'd manage one review and one flash per month. I've already missed that one, but we can start from here, right?
4. Find at least one local event to sell books.

I think that's it for goals that I have really no excuse for missing.

My aspirational goals:
1. Submit one story/month for publication, minimum. Can average this, and can use the same story over.
2. Put together, edit, and publish at least one collection of my flash fiction.
3. Either draft another murder mystery, or finally finish Gorg the Troll's novel!

That's about as far as I can take my aspirations without being totally unrealistic. Our current travel plans have us away from home at least 7 months this year, much of that out of the country, almost all of it hiking. In my dreams, I'm putting out two or three books, and finally figuring out how the heck to promote them. In reality, I'm deciding how many pairs of socks I need to take to Patagonia. I'm okay with that :)

Try to stop and reflect from time to time.

©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2020
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  1. It's always good to set realistic goals, and they should be tailored to your circumstances, like traveling so much of the year. Good luck with yours.

    1. Yes, I think the only way to keep from beating myself up for not being much of a writer this year will be to keep my expectations low! I just hope that I'm not hoping too much even to say I'll get the new book out by the end of the year--revisions haven't been exactly flying along.


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