The end of the year is generally a good time to look back on the previous year and reflect. January is often seen as the month of hope and promise. New years resolutions are made and goals are set. I try not to get swept up in to the whole ‘new year, new me’ stuff, but I do like to set some loose goals to give me a bit of direction. At the beginning of the year I set myself some writing goals, and I thought it would be a good idea to look back and see what has and hasn’t been achieved
My 2016 Writing Goals Revisited
- Write More – In 2016 I wanted to write more than ever before and really flex my writing muscles. I guess this is a hard one to measure though! In terms of blogging, I’ve done less. In 2015 I wrote 129 vs 111 in 2016. But I don’t confine my writing to my blog, and this year I have used my journal a lot more, and have tried to write book reviews on Goodreads and Amazon wherever I could. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve written more, it’s probably about the same when it all evens out.
- Read More – I figured that to become a better writer, I had to read more. I joined the Goodreads 2016 challenge, and I challenged myself to read 52 books. I’ll be writing more in depth about how that went soon, but I can sum things up briefly for you now. I. Failed. Miserably. I think I recorded a total of 12 books read, and I’ve been rubbish at blog reading too. I did submerse myself in to online news publications this year, during the crazy few months of Brexit, reading a lot of articles about that, but I don’t think that makes up for the lack of book reading that’s been going on.
- Get Something Published – It was my goal the year to have my work featured somewhere other than my blog. Perhaps in a local newspaper or something like the Huff Post. This goal wasn’t realised until only this week, when I had a post I wrote about Anxiety at Christmas published on The Mighty. While there is no monetary benefit for me to be have my work on The Mighty, it is a good place for my voice to be heard. I was super happy when my submission was accepted. Since going up a few days ago, the post has been shared over 1000 times, and it was really resonating with people on Facebook. It was lovely to know something I’d written was helping others feel like they weren’t alone.
- Write Some Fiction – This year I hoped to overcome my longstanding fear of writing fiction. Honestly, writing a novel is a dream to me but also something that fills me with anxiety. Unfortunately, with growing anxiety in my general life, I’ve not yet managed to feel brave enough to write any fiction, but I’m still building up to it.
- Get Paid To Write – When I thought of my goals last year I’d only recently registered as self employed. On the form I wrote ‘Blogger and Freelance Writer’ and I longed to make my first paid freelance writing job. Unfortunately I didn’t achieve this, on the freelance side of things anyway. Although I have earned money from writing posts on my blog which I’m still chuffed about.
So in summary things have been a bit mixed, having only actually achieved one of the goals. However, I’m still pretty pleased with my writing in 2016, and I feel things are only going to get better next year.
Later in the week I will be sharing my new writing goals for 2017, so please do check back for that!