Writing Goals for 2017

So as I won NaNoWriMo 2016, and still have yet to finish that novel I was working on, I wanted to talk about my writing goals for 2017. As a writer I think I can relate to a lot of people when I say I start a lot of projects but never finish them. On top of that I continue to get more ideas for stories I’d like to write, it’s just a matter of time when it comes down to writing them.

I have a few goals that I 100% want to attain in the upcoming year, though, because I want to see myself progress and accomplish something so awesome that I never thought I’d be able to before: potentially be published.

Now that’s not my only goal (it’s a primary goal, but not my only one), so let me talk about the goals that I have for the upcoming year:

1. Finish writing a story and EDIT IT. Seriously. I have yet to go through a first round of edits in anything I’ve written lately, so I want to be able to finish writing a story then go back through and edit the heck out of it.

2. Start a new story idea (and finish it), but also don’t give up on it. I have a bunch of ideas running through my head (that I should write down because I keep forgetting what they are, hahaha) and I don’t want to give up on them. Life can become so… easy. I can be so complacent with how things are, and I don’t want that. I want to challenge myself, to finish writing, to not give up on a story just because of how it’s going. I know it’s going to suck in the first draft. I just have to keep pushing through to the end.

3. Do more outlining! I know I’ve said before that I hate outlining, but since discovering this past NaNoWriMo how helpful it actually was for my story I discovered that it’s soooo beneficial for it! It’s more of a guideline rather than something strict that I need to follow, but I want to do more of it.

4. Start to seek out agents. Yup, I’m going to actually do this this year. I’m going to challenge myself to do so. If I don’t, I’m just going to keep pushing it off, over and over, and I don’t want to do that to myself. I would love to be a traditional published author, and I’m not going to get there without seeking out an agent first.

5. Have fun with it. Writing isn’t easy, folks. Some people think it’s a breeze, but honestly, it’s hard work. Coming up with multiple characters with different personalities, lifestyles, families, ethnicities, orientations, emotions, etc, is very complex in and of itself, let alone creating a world or a plot. But you know, despite dragging my feet a lot of the time, I really do have fun writing. I love seeing where my characters take me and where I can bring the story. It’s so amazing to see the progress over time.

6. Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo again! I have so much fun participating in both events with other people around the world and I think it’s just a great way to really cheer on others going down the same path as you.

So there we have it, some simple goals that I think will really benefit me in the long run and will definitely be achievable in the upcoming year.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What are some of your writing goals for 2017? Have you already finished a novel and you’re in the searching for an agent process? Any tips? Tell me all the things!

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12 thoughts on “Writing Goals for 2017

  1. For 2017, I’m pretty much changing my old writing patterns. My goal is to finish my stories and edit them with an editor. I also want to try and publish some short stories. I agree with you 100%! Writing isn’t easy, and the longer I write, the harder I realize it is.

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  2. The outlining comment is great. I need to be better at that. I’ve been saying I write with an outline, but recently I’ve seen some very beautiful, in depth outlines and I was in awe.

    My goals for 2017 are very similar to yours. Finish my NaNo Project, Publish a book I wrote back in July, and participate in both Camp NaNo’s.

    Here’s to a fabulous 2017!

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  3. Ooh, these are great goals! I think it’s definitely important to learn how to edit (really thoroughly and harshly too, haha) before you start looking for an agent. And to finish all the things! The querying process is DEFINITELY nerve-wracking but totally worth it, of course. Best of luck with it.🎉 My average yearly goals are basically write 2 novels and edit 2 novels…although this year I wrote 4 so I’m hoping I can do that again!! YAY FOR NANO. That’s my favourite writing time of year. :’)

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    • Thanks! Yeah, I’ve never really edited a full work before (not of the lengths I have anyway, haha), so I’m pretty terrified of it. Awesome job on writing so many novels this year, Cait! c:

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