Writing Resolutions/Goals

Good day, Sirs and Madams,


the other day I was musing: Do you guys do writing resolutions? As in "Things I want to change about my writing behaviour within the next year"?

I know a few of us do Post-Mortems, after the fact reports on what worked and what didn't. But I thought it funny to ask you about what your goals are for next year.

A Pre-Mortem if you will.


No need to come back to them next december or strictly adhere to them but every once in a while I like to sit down, make a grandiose plan and try to stick to it.


So here are my serial-writing goals for 2017.


1. Finish writing a book.

Make a few more drafts of my NaNo-Novel, get it up to about 200 pages, edit the everliving stupid out of it. That doesn't necessarily entail publishing it, though. I just want to finish it in a way I'm satisfied with it and could either send it in or use it as a hook for patreon or something. I want to prove to myself that I can actually stick to this one project and rework it into something better.


2. Write something every day.

I nearly did that this year, too. Did abut 7 months of writing every day, then had a minor problem and stumbled. This year I'm going all the way. Pretty sure of that.


3. Traditionally publish something.

I love my website, gets me going and all that. But I want to see what other ways there are. So I'll try and do some small competition or call or something.


Feel free to torture me about them in eleven months when I'm busy doing anything but.

What are yours? :)


Mine are:

1. Get the next Legion of Nothing novel out by mid-April 2017.

2. Start editing the book of Legion of Nothing short stories/novellas.

3. Start actively marketing my books.


Mine are:

1.Produce at least 52 chapters of my serial

2.Send more stories to magazines or whatnot

3.Make progress on some other projects


1. Make and publish another ebook.


2. Write a non-erotic story.


3. Read more.


4. Hunt down and nag Tintenteufel in 11 months about unfulfilled resolutions. :P


My goal remands the same this year as it was last year:


1k words per day, every day, no exceptions save to produce even more words per day. On days I know I can't make the 1k mark (re: holidays), I'll instead do 1500 the day before and the day after.


Because doing it for two years is all well and good, but I wanna keep it up for 3 years.


Mine is just to make serious headway and progress in my serial.


Simple, but easier said then done.


Mine are pretty straightforward:


1) Publish 3 books in 2017, ideally spaced 4 months apart.

2) Finish writing SPY4, even if it doesn't make it to publication in 2017 I'd like to have it in proofing stages.

3) Land an option of at least one property. This one is, admittedly, a bit pie-in-the-sky but I'm all about aiming big!


I'm shooting high and working hard.


1. Publish 5 books in 2017

2. Hit sales rank #100+ on all of Kindle in 2017

3. Meet and make friends with industry publishers

4. Establish more personal relationships with writers I respect

5. Obtain a trad deal for a YA IP

6. Double my number of regular readers

7. (Biggest) Don't let my readers down


I wish I could say I've aimed low, but for me this is turning out to be lofty.


1. Finally set up a Patreon page for my serial

2. Get a story published

3. Try to finish that darn book I started


1: Continue updating my serial

2: Send a manuscript out to agents


With school and work, my goals are going to be hard to meet, but I'm always up for a challenge.


1. If I don't finish by the end of this year, as is the plan, finishing writing and publish my second novel.

2. Get 2-3 books published next year, not including the novel I am working on now.

3. Start working on Sin Eater as a series of novels. Get the first book started possibly.


The last one might be a little more ambitious, but it's mostly there if I complete the first two resolutions and have nothing else to do.


1. Convert my serial into ebooks

2. Establish a decent sized mailing list

3. Earn back the investment cost of the series


1. Finish writing Book 4 of my serial by March.

2. General plot line of Book 5 and first couple of chapters written by May.

3. Summer off to write something entirely different.

4. Start Book 5 serial late August.


Wow, those are a lot of books we guys are going to write. :) I like very much how diverse the goals are. There are very high and lofty ones - go, Blaise! - and smaller ones aimed just at writing and hitting our respective stride.

I enjoyed reading them immensely! And I will enjoy it even more to come back in a year and see who did everything they wanted to and more. ;)


I'm almost done with my first serial, so I don't know what new resolutions I'll come up with for 2017. But while I was still creating content, I forced myself to do 1k words every day, without fail. Even if I got ahead of that goal - which happened more often than not - I still maintained the pace. The last thing I wanted to do was realize that I'd written myself into a corner at 11PM on a posting night, after all.


I guess I want to look seriously into ebooks before March...that counts as a resolution, yeah?


1) Finish Antlers before I graduate in May!

2) Apply to my school's writing fellowship and hopefully get funded to travel for research/write a novel this summer.

3) Edit Chapters 1 and 2 of Antlers by mid-2017.