Writing Goals for 2016

Let’s talk about ALL THE RESOLUTIONS! Woo!

No, but seriously, this is my third post in a week about resolutions or relating to it. I promise it’ll be the last one!

So today I wanted to talk a little bit about my writing goals for this year. I know I set up a vague goal last year to edit my NaNoWriMo novel from 2014, and that flopped, but this year I want that to change.

As a graduate of Professional Writing, I want to be a writer! I love to create and be able to tell stories with my voice. I mean, anyone can be a writer regardless of what they do or don’t graduate with, but for me, it became a goal once I made it through college. And I sort of didn’t do much of it at all last year except for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I want to change that.

So this year I’m going to make three goals that I really want to see to the end. These goals or writing for these goals don’t have to be perfect, but I definitely want to be able to see something come of them.

So here are my three major writing goals for the year and how I plan on actually achieving them:

1 . Finish editing my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel.

And this time I mean it, dammit. I loved my first novel that I completed for NaNo. I grew attached to my two main characters and their stories, backstories, the world and how they grew up in it. And every time I’d write about them, or start to edit and find out more about them, things changed and grew and expanded into something more.

So I want to make it a point this year to read through my 100 pages manuscript and at least complete editing that story. It’s written to completion, it just needs to be edited (and then rewritten to add/take away edits, but one step at a time).

How I’ll Be Doing This: I’m going to do my best during some downtimes each weekend to see this through. I know I can do it; it’s just a matter of actually doing it that’s the challenge.

2. Finish writing my 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo novel.

I love this novel, too! My characters keep growing and developing and I’m learning so much more about them as I go, which then makes me want to go back and just start rewriting into the characters that I know they can be. But I really need to actually finish writing this one first.

I’ve actually written more for this story than the previous one and I’m not even close to be done with it yet. I’m hoping to get in at least another 20,000 to 30,000 words before it’s done, but who knows?

How I’ll Be Doing This: So the way I’ll be going about this is working on it for a half hour two to three times a week. I can push out 1,000 words in a half hour, so it’ll go at a decent pace if I actually stick to that goal. And of course I won’t limit myself if I’m on a roll and I want to write more in a given day.

3. Start writing a new novel, whether for Camp/NaNo or not.

I had an idea that came to me last night as I was trying to sleep, as all great ideas do. And I actually really, really like this story idea so I’m going to start writing it this year.

Now this doesn’t mean I have to finish it this year, but I do want to at least start writing it and get what I can down before I forget anything.

How I’ll Be Doing This: a) To do this I’ll do the same as above: a half hour two to three times a week. Of course, if I choose to wait until Camp or NaNo, then I’ll have plenty of time to bust out some words, so that’ll be fine.

b) And I’ll also do accomplish this goal by doing something I hate doing: outlining. I seriously hate outlining because I just like to go right into the story and get as much as I can out on paper. But I think this will help with how I want the story to flow.

So there you have it, my 2016 writing goals! They’re pretty straight forward, and may seem daunting, but I’m going to do my best to succeed at all of them.

Accompanying video: Writing Goals for 2016

Do you have any writing goals for the year? How challenging are they? Do you think you’ll be able to complete them or do you think you’ll need an accountability buddy to help you push through it? Let me know!

Themeathon Announcement

Hey everyone, so I just wanted to make an announcement letting you know that I’ll be hosting a month long read-a-thon! Woo! A few people on Twitter seemed interested, and maybe this will motivate me to read more since I’ll be the one hosting it, so why not!?

Anyway, what is the themeathon read-a-thon you ask?

Each week in July will host a different theme. So the goal is to read at least one book that fits that theme. Pretty simple, right? I mean, that’s one book per week. I think that’s doable, don’t you?

There will also be mini-challenges to go along with the main challenge, so you can set your own goals for what you want to accomplish during this read-a-thon.

Also, let me just say that this is a relaxed read-a-thon. Do not feel obligated to complete every challenge or participate in Twitter sprints or anything.

To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, here are the dates and the corresponding challenges:

July 1-8

Theme: Daring Hero/Heroine

  • Read at least one book that has a daring/courageous hero/ine in it. Example: Katniss from The Hunger Games.


  • Read a book with multiple points of view (two people or more). Example: These Broken Stars.
  • A book that’s between 350-400 pages.
  • A book that isn’t a novel (such as a memoir or non-fiction story).

July 9-16

Theme: Dangerous Love

  • Read at least one book with an element of dangerous love in it. This can either be environmental or personal. Example: Juliette and Adam from Shatter Me.


  • Read a book with over 450 pages.
  • Write a poem to the main love interest in the book you chose (any type of prose/rhyme scheme/format).
  • Listen to an audiobook.

July 17-24

Theme: Villain You Love to Hate

  • Read at least one book with a villain you love to hate, aka a villain so horrible you want to toss them off a cliff. Example: Valentine from the Mortal Instruments series.


  • Describe the book you chose with emojis on Twitter.
  • Write a haiku of the villain in the book you’re reading and share it on your blog/Twitter/wherever.
  • Watch a book-to-movie adaptation of said book, if there is one.

July 25-31

Theme: Only Standalones

  • No series, no duologies, no trilogies. It’s all about the standalones this week. Example: Fangirl.


  • Read a standalone that’s not a contemporary.
  • Read a standalone over 400 pages.
  • A diverse read! Example: Main character is gay, religious, biracial, etc.

Okay, so those are all of the weeks and all of the challenges to go along with it. Again, do not feel obligated to complete every challenge. I mean, you can if you want, but that’s up to you.

Also, let me know if you’ll be participating by either commenting down below or using the hashtag #themeathon on Twitter/Instagram. You can create your own Themeathon TBR post and all that so I can see what you have planned! I’ll post my own TBR closer to the read-a-thon.

I’ll host InLinkz on my own posts each week so those of you who participate can share and see what other people are reading and all that. I’ll be doing weekly wrap-ups so you can see my progress and all that, and I’d love to see yours.

I’ll also be hosting Twitter sprints each week so we can all read as much as we can together. I’ll be hosting them on @SummerReadathon, so be sure to check them out there.

Here’s a schedule for Twitter sprints:

  • Week 1: Monday, July 6th @ 6:00PM EST until 8:00PM EST
  • Week 2: Tuesday, July 14th @ 5:00PM EST until 7:00PM EST
  • Week 3: Wednesday, July 22nd @ 3:00PM EST until 6:00PM EST
  • Week 4: Thursday, July 30th @ 6:00PM EST until 10:00PM EST

I’ll post reminders at the beginning of each starting week, don’t worry!

Accompanying video: Themeathon Announcement

So let me know if you’ll be participating down below or on Twitter. I think this will be a fun time and I hope to see you there!