As promised, here is my list of 2016 goals. But I also remembered that I forgot to mention whether or not I reached my writing goals (or writing wishes, as I called them) for 2015. I forgot everything about them, actually, as soon as everyday life began again…
- Do something writing-related at least three days a week. I forgot to keep track, and I don’t think I managed it in the first half of the year, but since the summer I think I did it more often than that.
- Win NaNoWriMo. Which I did, with a new personal best and three stories.
- Win and overachieve at least one Camp NaNoWriMo. Yeah… no. I don’t think I even tried.
- Write at least one second draft for a story, preferrably Rogue Sorcery or the Madness. I actually did this for Rogue Sorcery! Granted it’s more like a second first draft, but still.
- Finish Ancient Elvish. No, I didn’t do this, but it was a conscious choice since I did a LOT of worldbuilding instead.
- Update blog at least once per week. I didn’t do this, but I came close in periods.
Now for this year’s goals!
Not all of these are purely blog- or writing-related, but as they are related to my creative pursuits, I’ll include them all. Most of them, if not all, should be very measurable, and while some of them are optimistic, I look forward to going through them again next year.
- Write 2000 words per week. Perhaps this is ambitious, but I also think that it is necessary. Not only will I have to write considerably more than this if I want to be a published author, but also I have several first and second drafts I really need to work on. Besides, it’s less than an hour’s worth of work at my writing speed.
- Read Cicilie‘s manuscript. I cannot remember the deadline we set, but this is in the “very soon” and “absolutely non-negotiable” category.
- Update the blog once per week, in addition to the Saturday Snippets. Yep, new year, new attempt. Time will tell if it goes better this year.
- Work on painting and/or drawing at least once per week. Because I am done with using all my (admittedly rather scarce) painting time getting back whatever skills I lost during the last break. During 2005 and 2006 my painting skills improved by leaps and bounds, but the last five years they’ve felt stagnant. I’ve thought a lot about it for the past week, and have come to the conclusion that, while I have prioritised writing in the past few years, painting is a just as important part of me, and thus this year will be an experiment in doing both.
- Comment on at least two other writing blogs per week. Because a writer should not exist in a bubble.
- Comment on at least five pictures on deviantART and/or Epilogue per week. See the previous point – you don’t get feedback if you don’t give it, and I think it’s important to be aware of it. I’ve missed my little corner of the deviantART community, whatever else you may say about that website (for good or bad). There’s a lot of good stuff there if you know where to look.
- Get a picture accepted onto Epilogue in 2016. This was my number one painting goal for many years, and I think it’s time to dust it off and start working on it again. You see, Epilogue has quality requirements which I haven’t been able to meet, at least not when I so rarely paint backgrounds.
- Post at least one new picture at deviantART per month. If I manage point 4, this will follow quite naturally as there’s no point in not posting what I’ve painted, but again, useful to have a definitive goal.
- Figure out what to do with my photography website. Keep the gallery? Keep the blog? Scrap it all and move my photos here? It’s time to figure it out and stick to that decision.
So! Quite optimistic goals this year, but after this autumn I feel like I can accomplish anything, and I really don’t want to waste another year when I know what I really want. In other words, this is the year to pursue my dreams and to do my very best at making them come true.