My Writing Goals for 2014

13 Jan 2014 Ruth L Snyder

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“Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of “writing rules” and advice. Do it your way.” ― Tara Moss

Path SignEach year, around New Year’s Day, I sit down and set some goals for myself. I find goals inspiring and look at them as guides, not something written in stone. Here are my writing goals for 2014:

1. Finish writing my novel, Olga’s Discovery. I’m working with Kathi Macias, the acquisitions editor for A Taste of Chocolate (an imprint of Elk Lake Publishing) on this project. She liked my proposal and I’ve promised her the first 20,000 words by mid-February. Currently, I’m at the 18,000 mark of my first draft. After that, I’m aiming to write at least 10,000 words per month until the story is finished.

2. Write a Twitter Manual for Writers. This was on my list last year, but I didn’t do it. I’m giving myself a goal of having the rough draft done by the beginning of May. Ongoing discussions with a publisher have given a kick-start. I’m aiming to get it done.

3. Write a full-length novel about Cecile and Colin. In December 2013, Cecile’s Christmas Miracle, a novella, was released. I’ll admit that I packed a lot into the plot – too much to be resolved in the length of the novella. Several people have told me they are waiting to read the next part of the story. I’m in the early stages of working out plot details and doing research, with a view to continuing the story in a series-style manner – releasing several chapters at a time. My goal is to have the next part of the story released in October or November and then continue the story on until it’s a full-length novel.

Those are my main writing goals. I know that there is a lot of work to do behind the scenes as well. I want to move my website and blog from WordPress.com over to WordPress.org. I also want to continue to post regularly. The plan right now is to post 3 times a week:

  • Mondays – Writing related posts
  • Wednesdays – Posts about what I’m learning in my walk with God
  • Fridays – My fitness journey

Of course there’s social media to keep up with as well. I’m still figuring out how I’m going to fit this all into my schedule. (If you have any tips, I’d be happy to hear them.)

As I start this new year with enthusiasm and optimism, my prayer is that I will always be sensitive to God’s leading in my life and that if I have to choose between my writing goals and spending time with people, I’ll choose the people.

What are some of your goals for 2014? I’d love to hear about them so we can encourage and support each other throughout this coming year.

62 thoughts on “My Writing Goals for 2014

    1. Patti J Smith

      I think advanced blog topics is a wonderful idea … and blogging three times a week (I’m still trying to do it every day but I think it puts too much pressure on me). Looking forward to the Twitter Manual!!!

  1. Bobbie Ann Cole

    It’s the ‘Behind the Scenes’ that’s the killer, isn’t it, Ruth? It doesn’t matter how much time you allow for social media, it’s never enough. Since we’re all on a journey of discovery with it (even those who teach us), the time taken just finding out how is often as much as that used up with the what. I often feel overwhelmed.

    1. Ruth L. Snyder

      Good morning, Jan,
      I like your idea for an InScribe prayer group. We need to consciously choose to listen to God’s still small voice in every area of our lives, including writing. Thanks for your encouragement and support.

  2. Bonnie Way

    Good luck with your novels! I’m also trying to juggle writing and blogging (and life and school). I think a timer would help for social media… five or ten minutes a day on each channel and then move on. (Not that I’ve done that yet…)

  3. Katharine Trauger

    Well. My goals are more along the line of spending less time writing. Sorry. I have neglected real life for the imaginary and virtual. It saddens me. I need a maid and the funds to pay her. Maybe that would be a good goal, too? Hmm . . . . I like that as a goal.

    1. Ruth L. Snyder

      No need to apologize, Katharine. We all need balance in our lives. It’s easy to let our time get snatched away by things that are less important than our family or other people. May God give you wisdom in sorting it out.

  4. I.O. Kirkwood

    I’m slowly reading and tweeting through everyone’s goals. I’m very excited about the responses we are getting and the benchmarks we’ve all set for ourselves. Thanks for hosting this, Ruth!

  5. Kathleen Friesen

    Ruth, I like your plan to write a Twitter manual for writers. I don’t use Twitter, mostly because I don’t have a smart phone, but also because when I looked at it, it looked like something that would overwhelm me and waste my time. I’d love to learn how to use it for good and not evil. 🙂

  6. June (@AriseMummies)

    Hi Ruth, thanks for this opportunity to be part of the blog hop. I’m so excited as I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve posted my article and linked it to the InLinkz page. How do I get the code to embed the image link on my blog?

    Your goals sounds great. I’m looking forward to the Twitter manual. I’m sure lots of writers will benefit from it.

    God bless.

  7. Susan Barclay

    Enjoyed reading your writing goals, Ruth. Sounds like you are well on your way to writing success. I like the idea of an Inscribe prayer group, and ditto the others on thanking you for setting up this hop!

  8. Cate Russell-Cole

    Ruth, a Twitter manual for writers is N.E.E.D.E.D. So many writers struggle with social media, particularly Twitter. I have a few blog posts on my Resources for Writers blog you are welcome to raid, adapt and share to the ends of helping other writers. We all need to support each other.

    The very best of luck with your goals this year. May your muse always be in an excellent and generous mood.

  9. Rose F

    Hi, Ruth! Good luck on your goals. I think you have a great idea for a blog hop. I’m wondering how strict your posting on Monday rule is; I have chronic health problems and I can’t always post on a particular schedule like that.

  10. Renee-Ann

    Thanks for an awesome post, Ruth. It’s actually giving me an idea for my own blog. I broke my first New Year’s Resolution (to write at least one page a day) but this post will help me get back on track. I’ve been critiquing someone’s book, but I know it’s a poor excuse.

    I’d love to take part in the blog hop but first, I’ll try to get a steady blog schedule,

    Blessings,
    Renee-Ann <
    http://reneeanngiggie.com

    1. Ruth L. Snyder

      Renee-Ann,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving an encouraging comment. Setting goals is important, but breaking a goal into bite-sized pieces and putting the plan into action are crucial. Your page-a-day goal sounds reasonable. You need to decide when you’re going to do it – first thing in the morning, at night after the kids are in bed, etc.
      It would be great to have you join a blog hop. Best wishes on your writing 🙂

    2. Renee-Ann

      Thanks, Ruth.

      I might take you up on that. Yes one page a day is do-able. I just need to get into a routine. I’ll be in touch. Until then, take care.

      Blessings.

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