It would be nice to escape setting goals right now. I thought I knew where I wanted to take this year. But recently I've realized my old goals, the ones I've been making and usually meeting, aren't going to work for me the way I'd thought they might It's time to step back, rethink, and re-goal. Yes, a sort of New Beginning.
My writing goal in 2013 was to write 200,000 words. I met that goal. In fact, my WARA friends may not know, but I wrote 232,653 words, not counting blog posts. The total for those was 49,666. I'll let you do the math. How did I do it? I wrote three books. Three and a half, to be more precise. Half of one of those three was rewritten last month is scheduled to be released in August of this year The other two? That's the big question.
I enjoy writing. I love writing. Sometimes it's crazy, but in the end, it's satisfying. There's very little of the process that I don't like. But then I've written something or other most of my life. I also enjoy reading, something I haven't had much time to do this year.
Because the majority of my life is writing, I keep an eye on what's happening in the publishing world. If you haven't noticed--and you'd have to be a complete non-reader to do that--that world is changing. E-books are everywhere. Many traditionally published authors, including our own Deb Stover, have decided to explore this new experience for both writers and readers. Personally, I haven't bought a print book for quite some time, but I've definitely amassed a lot of books for my Kindle--written by both traditionally published authors and indie/self-published authors. If I only had time to read them!
So here are my goals. I expect some certain people to keep me on them. You know who you are.
- Goal #1: Read more
- Goal #2: Give myself permission to enjoy life more
- Goal #3: Have a more positive attitude about myself and my life
It all takes time. We have to learn to know ourselves, we have to search our hearts for what we truly want. After that, we have to go for it! Once we do, those goals are more easily made. I may not get as far as I hope, but I'll at least be on the road. If nothing else, I'm stubborn. Once I make up my mind to do something, I do it.
Making goals? Always. It's something I had to learn to do, but once learned, it's become a habit. Reaching them--or trying to--also became habit. I'm eager to see what 2014 will bring. It's good to see that so many here are, too.
Happy 2014! May your wishes and dreams come true! I'm going to work to see that mine do.