I always have a list by my side in some shape or form. This could be a shopping list scrawled on the back of an old envelope and shoved into my handbag, or a ‘to do’ list laying beside my computer. I even have a ‘dreams’ list hidden in an old journal and a Wishlist saved on my Amazon account.
So, now that it’s the start of a new year, I thought it prudent to revise my goals list and really look at what I want to achieve in 2017.
My Goals for 2017:
- Finish editing ‘Forgotten Blood’, this is the first novel in my Soul Guardians trilogy (Young Adult Urban Fantasy).
- Submit to Harlequin Teen. (I pitched ‘Forgotten Blood’ at the RWA conference last year and their editor asked me to send the full manuscript, so the first goal is a big priority right now.)
- Finish planning the Soul Guardian series, and
- Complete the draft of the second book.
While it’s great to have lists unless we action those lists they just remain words on paper (or a screen).
My Action Plan:
Each week I’ve added 3 x 2hr ‘writing’ appointments to my Google Calendar. All appointments are made for first thing in the morning and no other tasks will be considered (other than making a coffee) before the appointed writing time is complete.
I’m a shift worker with a four-week rotating roster and getting a writing routine has been my biggest struggle in the past. However, I think this new plan of actually setting appointments, the same as I set my work shifts, will work nicely. It’s all about trying to create a professional headspace for myself. Writing is now my second job, not a hobby, I just have to learn to fit it around my day job.
I will post updates as my goals progress. 🙂