My 2020 Writing Goals

Hello everyone!

For me, the end of December/beginning of January means it is time to set new writing goals. I have learned that my productivity for the new year is dependent on my setting achievable goals and creating a plan for achieving those goals.

Yes-No ChecklistMy Rules for Goal Setting

  1. Set three-five writing-related goals for the year.
  2. Make the goals specific so that it’s easy to know when you have achieved them.
  3. Unless there is a deadline, give yourself more time than you think you’ll need to accomplish each goal.

Open BooksMy Writing Goals for 2020

  1. Read 50 books.
  2. Blog consistently (every two weeks).
  3. Have the first three books of my chapter book mystery series, Big Bad Wolf Detective Agency, ready to show to agents and editors by the first week of June.
  4. In late June or early July, begin querying the Big Bad Wolf Detective Agency and short stories.

I hope you have a happy, productive year!

Happy goal setting!

Katie

New Year Reflections: The Evolution of a Blogger

Hello everyone!

I think it is good to look back at how far we’ve come. Some of what we see will be embarrassing or painful and some will be funny or heartwarming, but if the reflection is used appropriately (to see how much progress we’ve made and how we can still improve), it can be a very enlightening process.

Since this is my first blog post of 2020, I decided to look back at all of my first posts from 2016 through 2019. (I had to remind myself that looking back was a positive learning experience, not an opportunity to beat myself up for not researching how to blog before I started my blog.)

2016 Tablet Calendar

My first blog post ever (January 10, 2016): First Writing Prompt for 2016

What I learned between 2016 and 2017:

  • I can share articles that I find useful (I don’t always have to generate new content)
  • How to insert header photos and that header photos make my blog posts more visually appealing
  • How to link text

My first blog post for 2017 (January 1, 2017): Writer’s Voice

PhotosWhat I learned between 2017 and 2018:

  • Inserting pictures into my blog posts makes the posts more attractive
  • Breaking a post into sections makes it easier to read
  • How to use tags to increase visibility and readership
  • It is better to publish two quality posts a month than four mediocre posts

My first blog post for 2018 (January 7, 2018): True Confessions of an Amateur Blogger: What Not to Do

What I learned between 2018 and 2019:

  • I am on the right track as a blogger
  • I do not have the time to make conducting and editing video interviews a regular thing

My first blog post for 2019 (January 20, 2019): A New Spin on Things

What I learned between 2019 and 2020:

  • How to insert alternative text into photos
  • How to set up my blog posts so that they automatically share to my writer’s Facebook page
  • I need to plan out my blog posts the same way I plot out a story

I hope all of your reflections give you good insight, and that you are encouraged by your growth!

Happy writing and happy New Year!

Katie