I always start a new year by setting my writing goals. In the past, they have been very ambitious, sometimes too ambitious. This time around, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to set goals. In the past, I’ve always managed some of them, but not all of them. And as the months go by, I never look back at the goals post I made in January, to make sure I am actually trying to follow them all.
Which is why this post is coming a little late this year. Because it took me almost two weeks to realize that I actually did want to set a writing goal. But just one this time. Because I want to keep my focus on one thing, and if I happen to do some other stuff as well this year, then that will be more of a bonus than anything else.
So here is my one writing goal for 2020:
Finish the second draft of Remnants
This sounds a lot easier than it actually is. Because as I’ve been writing Unleashed, the story has changed quite a lot. So the first part of Remnants, which was written back when the story was supposed to be a long short-story, no longer fits in with the world that grew later on in that book and it’s sequel. I like how it turned out, so now I have to change the beginning so it matches what comes later.
It will require that I do some pretty heavy edits, or re-writes, as well as work on the plot, grammar, and story in general. I’m excited to get started and have already started re-reading the story. But it’s still going to require several re-reads, and heavy note-taking before I can even start writing. So it’ll take time. Good thing I have a whole year to get it done then.
Of course, I know my own brain well enough to know that I will also be working on other things because sticking to the same thing for a whole year is something it seems incapable of. So, as I said, anything else will be a bonus. I do have a few other things I’d like to get done though, so if I happen to do any of the following, it’ll be double bonus points for me!
- Continue worldbuilding for the fantasy series
- Detailed outline for third Remnants book
- Rewriting those troublesome chapters of The Afterlife Occurrence
There you have it; One major writing goal, and three other things worth double bonus points. 2020, it’s on!