Friday, February 3, 2017

Welcome to 2017 (Part II)

By Kelly Bridgewater

Wow! I can’t believe it is 2017. Where has the time gone? I graduated from high school in 2000, so I can’t believe it is the year of my sixteen year high school reunion. Not like I’m going because there were 1,000 kids in my graduating class, and the ones who I would want to see again, I still keep in contact with.

But as we look on the vast expanse of the New Year, what do you plan to do? It is a time of new beginnings. Time to start again. Even though, I believe you can do this anytime of the year, not just in January.

If you missed my post last week, where I shared how to start the year off on the right foot. Here is the link to that post. I hope you read it and then return to this entry.

As a writer, I set personal goals during each month. Right now, there in the back page of 2014’s planner, which need to be transferred to my new planner. My yearly planner is a 400 page planner that I customize with handmade calendars then two pages for each day. I am the most productive that way. Plus, it costs an arm and a leg to buy planners that are daily and monthly. I don’t like the weekly monthly ones. There is never enough time for me to write in. My husband keeps joking that there is an app for that on my Note 3, but something about writing it down every day. Must be the writer in me. J

Back to my writing goals.

During January, I have started another research marathon to prepare myself to work on the first book. I hope to finish all the research in January, but I think it will leak over in February too.

During February, I hope to start writing the first book and come up with the main idea for the second book. Now these aren’t full on sketches. I use the cork board method in Scrivener and write little ideas for each chapter. I love being able to drag and move the chapters around.

During March, with Seekerville, who offers prizes and advice to encourage writers, I plan to research my second book in the series.

April, I plan to start writing my second book.
May, I will finish my second book and start researching and planning my third book.
June. Complete research. Start writing the third book
July. Rest and relax. Catch up on reviews and blog posts. (I like to be at least three months ahead! Surprising. I know!)
August. Start editing book one.

September, Prepare one sheets and my pitch for the annual ACFW conference. This year, I don't plan to attend the ACFW Conference because it is a lot of money when you include an airplane ticket. Next year, it will be back in Nashville, TN, so I'll attend then. 

October. Work on editing second book. Hopefully, preparing my book to send to an agent or editor who I sparked their interest.

November. Revise book three or write another book for NaNoWriMo.

December. Spend time with family while finishing the book I started in November and plotting my next book.

A lot of writing goals for one year, but we’ll see how the year actually goes. Stayed tune for my next post next Friday on February 10 where I will share my reading goals. It won’t be month by month like my writing goals. It will be something more interesting. So come back. I need tons of feedback on both of these posts.

Do you set writing goals in the beginning of the year? How do you do it? If you don’t, should you?

I would love to hear your comments on what you do to set the year off in the right foot when it comes to writing.

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