Bye 2018, hello 2019!

I firmly believe looking back at the old year is the best way to start the new year. What to keep up, where to improve routines, what to avoid. I have to admit, I didn’t achieve all I had set out for in 2018, but it hasn’t been a complete failure either.
Here’s the list I drew up in my post at the beginning of 2018:

1) Finish the first draft of my current WIP — nope
2) Read and write more poetry — done
3) Read more in general, especially non-“on-the-craft” books — done
4) Put work into the blog: take-away-points from webinars, blog posts on story structure and character arcs  — partly done
5) submitting non-novel works – poems and possibly short stories – done
6) Use my time effectively and minimise social media procrastination — partly done

Recapping 2018, I realised I did a lot of poetry. That took up a considerable time that I eventually didn’t spend with my WIP. But I enjoyed writing poems. Some are on the blog, others I submitted to a number of magazines, journals and contests. Nothing ever came off it but I did enjoy the work with words. It helped improve my vocabulary and the sense for the English language.
I did read more in 2018, too and exceeded the 25 books Goodreads challenge by two. (27 books seems few? pls keep in mind that I’m a working mom with 2 kids and a household).
I didn’t finish my WIP, though. The focus on poetry took up a lot of time. But I’m aaaaalmost there. Another month and it should be finished.
In terms of social media, I did well with scaling down on Facebook and Instagram. I didn’t do as well with Twitter, though, partly because of the mess world politics is in right now, partly because many people of the writer community are there. I don’t want to quit Twitter, but working on an adequate time spent there is definitely on the list for the new year.
There’s one thing I didn’t note as a to-do for 2018 but am glad I did: I wrote a 5-Year-Plan to map out How to get to where I see myself in 5 years time. Breaking down large goals into achievable bits has helped me a lot.

Here’s what I’m challenging myself to achieve in 2019

1) Finish the first draft of the current WIP (Déjà-vu again) AND get it in shape for submission in 2020. I’m close to finishing the first draft anyway so the emphasis is more on the second part of this goal. Revisions will take time and since I’ve never done it, this will involve reading a few craft-books on this particular topic.
2) Do Goodreads Reading Challenge again. I read 27 books in 2018. Why not aim high? I’ll set the goal to 30 books in 2019.
3) I want to keep up the good work with the blog, but put up less poetry and more story structure posts.
4) In addition to the work on the WIP, I want to write and revise one short story.
5) In the 2nd half of the year, when I have to set aside the revised WIP, I want to outline a new novel (preferably pre-November) and write the first draft of it during NaNoWriMo.
6) And last but not least, the never-ending story of time management and reduce social media procrastination. I want to join the #5amwritersclub again more often, for a start, and use the time I got more wisely.

Now it’s your turn. What’re your goals for the new year? Anything to add? Write to me in the comments.

 

2 thoughts on “Bye 2018, hello 2019!

  1. Welcome to 2019 Katja (or Zabbena for us old schoolers)!

    I think you’ve set some definitely attainable goals for your upcoming year. My goals are somewhat similar. After nailing down a new job (hopefully any day now):

    1. Weed through the dozen or so W(s)IP and settle on a couple to bring to fruition.
    2. More reading.
    3. Post more flash fiction/short stories on my blog.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it before, but have you ever considered addressing your 3rd and/or 4th goal with some stream of consciousness flash fiction/short stories? I know that doesn’t sit well with many writers, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how some of my own pieces have turned out differently than I originally expected.

    Regardless, good luck with your goals and I look forward to reading your progress.

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    • I am a bit reluctant to start writing short stories because I fear I might (just like with the poetry) I’ll lose time that should go into the main WIP. The short I am planning will be about an event prior to the start of my current WIP. Same *universe*, some characters that will come up in the novel, all told from a different POV and in another style. The WIP is in 1st person POV. I plan on writing the short in a limited 3rd person POV and from the lens of what will be the antagonistic force in the novel. Not sure yet how this will work out, but I’ll have to wait and see. 🙂

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