Writing Goals for 2019
Yeah, I know. We’re over a week into the new year; who starts making their goals now? But these are ideas I’ve had in mind for a while.
Real life threatens to intrude, as usual, so I’m hoping that, by writing them down and sharing with other people, I’ll be more likely accomplish some of these instead of letting them fall by the wayside. Which is what I’ve been doing lately.
Has anyone else been terribly unmotivated these past couple months? I’ve been the laziest bum in the world since November, and it’s only with the addition of massive amounts of caffeine that I’ve been able to do anything. Okay, relatively massive amounts of caffeine. I’ve gone from ‘maybe one cup of tea if I’m feeling really flat’ to ‘two or three cups of coffee sounds good’. This isn’t exactly untenable, but I don’t like being dependent on caffeine, so I may experiment with diet, exercise, and routine changes as the year goes on.
Because I have a lot of things I want to accomplish. I want to publish at least ten books this year. Twelve would be nice, one per month, but looking at my current rate of production, I don’t know if I can do it. Last year I published three novels and a short story, so ten books is a significant increase, even if they’re relatively short (30- 40,000 words).
In the realm of specific goals, the next three months are devoted to getting the Hartington series up and running. It’s a space opera trilogy that follows three siblings after their father loses his fortune and commits suicide. They all need cover art, but aside from that, first one is almost ready to go, the second one needs a bit of rewriting (a day’s work if I really knuckle down and concentrate), and the third just needs to be checked for continuity.
Some of you know that I’m getting married this spring, so publishing the Hartington series has to fit around two wedding ceremonies (one out of state, the other out of the country). Which is why I scheduled them for this part of the year; they’re almost done, leaving me time to concentrate on wedding planning.
The rest of the year is a little more vague. I have a half finished Pride and Prejudice variation that I should be able to finish in a week. More realistically, it’ll come out in April or May.
A Writer’s Guide to Horses needs rewriting/editing, and I need to find diagrams and illustrations that fall under Creative Commons (or I need to start writing letters to various authors and universities asking permission to use their work).
I have two other regency romances in various stages of doneness, and ideas for five or six more.
There are between six and eight more books in the Garia Cycle, all partially finished. Part three of the Garia Cycle, tentatively called A Land in Chaos, is about half finished. As it’s a fantasy, it’s longer than any of my other projects. I’ll need time to read myself back into the setting and rework the parts that stymied me on the first try.
In between all of this, I need to find time to write for MGC and develop my social media and advertising platforms.
Looking back over this post, I think I can refine my goals for 2019 a bit: I want to finish the WIPs and publish 10-12 of them. In between getting married and finding a regular job, because regular work means regular pay. I’ve got my work cut out for me.
Better get to it, I guess.