December of 2012 I developed writing goals for the year. Being the disorganized person that I am, I have lost the list. It was on my computer so I shouldn't have but... Whether I completed all the goals doesn't really matter. I know I achieved several.
So, now I'm looking to set goals for 2014. I don't get specific about the goals unless there is something I definitely want to get done. I don't set target dates except for wanting a book ready for release by June 1. Rhubarb Fest happens the first Friday and Saturday of June and draws a lot of people. It's a good time to get the new book into many hands.
Here is my goal list:
Goals for 2014
ReleasesSeeing The Life June
Mark & Kyria June
Begin novelsJanie’s Story Cottonwood Series
Chloe's Story Stones Creek Series
Stories one per month
Devotions one per month
So why am I telling you of my goals. Mainly so you can see that planning out what you'd like to accomplish in a year doesn't have to be specific and detailed. By having these set down I have thought about what I might be able to accomplish and still have my life. They are now in my head in an organized manner percolating on the back burner. Even if I don't get a short story a month written it's alright. Maybe I'll get two done the next month.
As authors we are creative thinkers, at least those of us who write fiction. We can get lost in our stories and suddenly the year is over and there's nothing new released. Setting up a simple outline of my goals at the beginning of the year helps me be able to look back and see that I've accomplished something.