Writing Goals for 2014…

And the excuses why we don’t meet them…

writing Goals 2014

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since November. I have all sorts of excuses though. I had a December 1 book deadline which kept me very busy. I missed the deadline (Busyness/procrastination/laziness were the culprits). Then I took sick (first time in many years) with acute bronchitis, followed by an ear infection. “Alas, me!” I couldn’t write for three solid weeks. Then, Christmas and New Year’s rolled around. I still wasn’t done my novel’s first draft.

That’s when I decided it was time to buckle down and really hit the keyboard. I finally sent it to my editor on January 22. Very disappointed with myself, I decided to set some writing goals.

First: Write at least one page a day, every day. Hey, at the end of the year, that’s a 365-page novel! I broke that one already but if I write 2 pages a day – starting today – for the next two months, I’ll catch up.

Second: Write a third novel. I published Stella’s Plea in November 2012. I wrote a second (Emma’s Prayer) and sent it to my editor. Now it’s time for a third. This means I’ll be doing re-writes on the second novel and working on the third one at the same time! Ouch! It will get confusing at times but it’s alright, I know it’s do-able.

Emma’s Prayer is about a teen mom who gave up her son for adoption, but changed her mind before the adoption process was finalized. Can she get him back? Or is it too late?

Third: Read more. Writers are Readers. I have several books I promised to read, but if there’s one thing I can’t do, it is to read one book while trying to write another. I have a one-track mind, and little attention span. I mean very little attention span. I’m currently critiquing one novel, and promised read/reviewed three others for people who did the same for me. So by March 31, I should be ready to start on this third novel.

Fourth: Last but not least… Blog more. I want to do more author interviews, and write more about writing. This means writing at least once a week.

If I want to do all the above, the first thing I need to write is a schedule. I’m a creature of habit and very good at sticking to it, WHEN it’s written down (anyone out there with short attention span knows what I’m talking about)!

Now I just pray God will help me be attentive to His leading. And right now, He’s saying Sign off and write that schedule. Then, I can keep going down this writing journey.

Do you have any writing goals for 2014? Leave a comment and tell me about it/them.


15 thoughts on “Writing Goals for 2014…

  1. My writing goals this year is to finish my story and submit one entry to a contest. God willing it will be good. 🙂

    • Thanks Theresa. There are loads of contest out there. I entered one recently and am about to enter another one. Check the WFNB newsletter for mode information. They have good ones. Have fun writing, and meeting your goals.

    • Thanks for your comment, Ruth, and for the idea. I’m always up for a challenge.

      And yes, we definitely need to compare notes in a month or two. I hope to get caught up on my word count by then. Currently working on a contest entry, due March 14. See? Another excuse why I’m not working on my novel ‘right now’.

      Blessings, Renee-Ann

  2. I don’t believe in goals very much. But I believe in habits and breaking goals into daily assigments. I write at least 30 minutes every day and at least 400 words. The more the better, but this is a bottom line.
    I pull out about 20k words a month.

    • Thank you so much for dropping by, Michal,

      I love the way you put it, breaking goals into daily assignments. And 30 minutes a day is certainly attainable. Seems like a small goal but turns into a big word count at the end of the month. Love that idea.

      Blessings, Renee-Ann

  3. I understand how life gets in the way. I am launching Breathing on Her Own this month, editing Shirley’s Cuppa Joe, and drafting Mimi’s Memories (working title). My goal is to work hard on moving my first book, pitch my second to a publisher, finish my third all the way through edits, and keep up my weekly blog.

  4. Thanks for the comment Rebecca. You have a tall order in front of you, but I know with your determination – and God’s help – you can do it. I have one too but I can hear Him whispering to me, and plan to follow Him through. In the meantime, I I look forward to meeting your characters, and reading your next books.

    Blessings, Renee-Ann <

  5. Thanks for the post… it is inspiring me to get focused. My writing goals are more marketing goals. I would like to contact at least five venues/organizations each week about host a books signing/reading. However, the introvert in me just wants to write more or develop resources to go with my books. There is one workbook I would like to finish in the next few months… It is over 80% done but it has been 80% done for at least a year.

  6. Yes Corine, I do. It’s about how to become marketing savvy. It’s not geared toward a specific type of book but mainly toward how to market your book. Something I’d like to add is that Cheryl’s book is very well priced so you can’t go wrong. Best of luck to you. <

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