It’s become an annual tradition for me to host a group of talented, generous writers who share the top three things they want to achieve in the upcoming year. As always, my friends and I have writing goals, but we’re also seeking health, happiness, and change. Read on to discover the other items on our wish lists. Can you relate? And if you haven’t written down your 2014 goals yet, there’s still time. Here’s my top three:
1. Sell the house.
It can be either embarrassing or motivating (depending on the outcome) to declare yourself online. When I look back at my top three goals for 2013, I admit I missed the mark by a mile. My circumstances did a 360 late February 2013 and I decided not to list my house. I wrote instead. This year, however, #1 on my list is to get the house on the market by April 1 and sold and closed before the year is through. Wish me luck!
2. Write three full-length novels.
Yeah, this goal will be a stretch but I’m sticking to it. I published my second novel, Rapunzel, in early December 2013, and it helped me establish a writing process that I believe will speed up my production. In addition, I will publish a novella and a book of essays before the close of 2014 – these are nearly complete.
3. Build my business: Blog Coach For Hire.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve officially hung out my shingle and I am now open for business! I’ve learned an enormous amount about blogging best practices and how to put a process in place that really helps organize and streamline the work. My book, Blog It! has been successful and well-received. And now I’m ready to help other bloggers make a go of it!
1. Complete three books and either start or finish another. Three books will release. The self-published ones will release in all formats.
2. Find healthy ways to reduce stress – hopefully by connecting with my family, exercising, reading, and meditating.
3. Multi-task less, single-task more. It’s my new mantra!
1. Sell rights to the Lei Crime Series for TV or film.
Currently, the series is being shopped by my agent to other agents in Hollywood because of the level of interest there’s been in a TV show or film. I’ve been approached by two producers and while nothing’s happened yet, I’m hopeful it will! What a thrill it would be to see my characters brought to life onscreen!
2. Publish my memoir.
I had a very interesting and alternative childhood, and I’ve been working on a memoir the last ten years. My agent is looking to sell it to a traditional publisher; but if that doesn’t happen and I self-publish, I’m still going to work on completing this as a personal bucket list item. Anyone who thinks writing a memoir is easy hasn’t done it!
3. Transition to a more mobile lifestyle.
My husband and I want to take more road trips, and spend the hot months of the summer somewhere cool. Extracting ourselves from home, dogs, mortgage and 15 years of accumulated crap/treasures while continuing to make a living is a challenging proposition!
1. Finish and publish at least ONE of the 6 or 7 books I’ve been writing for so long it’s embarrassing.
2. Shove all those clamorous work deadlines to one side for long enough to activate some more of the ideas I have for helping writers via my website.
3. Be kinder to myself about work and finances and family and friends. Take more breaks. Listen to my spiritual side more. Laugh more. And finally succeed in teaching my dog not to pull my arm out of its socket when we go for a walk.
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1. Either find an agent for my novels
with a view to getting traditionally published, or become so successful as an independent that I don’t need to! I’ve had interest from agents in the past but have not submitted anything since I began to self-publish. I think that now might be the time to try again.
2. Pull off my genre change successfully.
My next novel is a contemporary drama with a historical theme. I’m hoping it will appeal to lovers of historical fiction as well as my current readers. I have two other similar books planned, and am aiming to get Kings and Queens out in about March/April 2014. It’s always a risk to change genre, but I truly believe this will be my best book yet.
3. Put a lid on the ageing process!
I will be 55 in 2014, which means that the day after my birthday I will be nearer 60 than 50. I do actually like being older, in my head, but I want to keep the physical aspect of it under control, which means eating less ice cream, taking more exercise, etc. etc. The grey hair I can deal with, and I thank God that my mother drilled into me the importance of skin care, from about the age of 12! With this comes a sub-goal; to appreciate and make the most of every day, because I don’t know how many I have left. I think that probably sums up all goals, really, doesn’t it?
We wish you all a fun, successful, healthy, fabulous year filled with satisfaction and adventure!
Readers, what are YOUR top 3 goals for 2014?
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