The Writers Circle: Preparing for the Year That Will Be

One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

Today is the first Monday of 2016 and today we will discuss our writing and creative plans for the coming year. Do you have big changes in mind for 2016? Do you have strict or loose goals for what or how much you are writing? How do you define your goals and how do you keep yourself to them as the year progresses?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.


7 thoughts on “The Writers Circle: Preparing for the Year That Will Be

  1. I’ve always tried to set “strict” goals (note the quotes) but that hasn’t worked for me for the past several years. So my creative goals for 2016 are softer. Essentially, I want to write something – anything – at least once per month. I don’t have a plan yet as to how I’m going to accomplish even that much writing, but it’s the best goal I’ve got right now.

  2. at this time in my life, writing is important to me, but sadly it’s second priority to things like work and my health. Still I hope to increase my writing and get more disciplined about editing and marketing. I plan to do two writing sessions a week in the new year – Sunday and one week night. In addition to my blog I have three big projects I want to complete this year:
    1. Self-pub my cancer poetry book
    2. Complete a first draft of my novel
    3. Start a second poetry collection.
    4. Send some work to lit mags.

    • That sounds like a completely manageable list, Andrew. I keep lists right on my desktop and chip away. The more I remove, the more I add. Sigh.

      • I try to keep the list small. If it were too big I’d get overwhelmed and likely wouldn’t do anything. Sometimes when I think of something to do, I have to ask, “Is there any chance I’ll ever do that?” If the answer is do, it doesn’t go on the list. Sounds simple, but hard to do.

  3. I try to make my goals about the amount of effort I’m going to put in rather than an end result. That way even if it takes me longer to finish a big project than I anticipate, I can at least know that I’m working towards it at a steady pace. I have two goals: get myself on a regular writing schedule, and give myself a regular schedule for submitting. I really don’t get things done if I don’t set aside a specific time to do them. I need to just say, “This Saturday, I’m submitting poems,” or, “I’m going to write for a half hour every evening after work.” It’s not a huge time commitment, but it’ll force me to focus on writing for a little while on a regular basis. That was what worked during NaNoWriMo so I’m pretty sure I can do it again if I put my mind to it.

    • What I am learning about writing is that the best I can plan is like you’re say – the effort and time I put in. I’ve been trying to do more, “Sunday afternoon and Thursday evening, I do writing activities.” Whether that is writing, research or sending out manuscripts, it doesn’t matter as much as just putting in regular time.

  4. My writing partner and I set yearly goals. NaNoWriMo is in the mix for sure. We set three to six goals that include other forms of creativity, such as knitting, water colors or acrylics to spark our efforts. We try to write in different coffee shops to experience settings and observe people. We use writing prompts that are written, and photos as prompts as well. We’ve been doing most of this for several years and it has helped us to move forward with our writing. We’re both ready to test the waters with self-publishing in the coming months. We attend lectures at the Public Library given by famous authors. Alexander McCall-Smith spoke and he was very personable and shared his writing process with the audience. We discuss what book we are currently reading, and anything we’ve learned about the process that does or does not work for us. And, last but not least, we get together during the week and write via Skype. Then we meet up on Saturday for several hours. We also design writing retreats for ourselves. It’s lots of fun.

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