Writing Goals for 2015

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12.14.14 / notebooks
Last week I was struck with the sudden need to plan–and plan big. I was curled up on the couch watching Food Network when I snapped up an old, beaten notebook from the coffee table and a purple pen and went to town, coming up with three main goals for the coming year and then breaking those down.

Release a poetry collection. / I’ve loved putting together Small Parts (and will continue to do so), but I want to move on a bit to something a little bigger, a little better, a little fancier. I’ll probably do it as a nice booklet at work (much like how Wonderlust is going to be printed). For this, I’m going to need to start organizing what I have, writing new pieces, and revising, revising, revising like mad–and I can’t wait to get started. The plan is to have it out sometime in June and to include 30-60 pieces (a wide margin, I know), and while I definitely plan to have some pieces from Small Parts in the collection, I also have a whole slew of new pieces to make up the bulk.

Get (at least) 2-3 more pieces published. / I’m actually having another piece included in the next issue of Paper & Ink Literary Zine, but that came out just before I started making this list, so I’m not going to count it, just to push myself more. I started this year off strong with submissions, but really fell apart when I started having to get in the new groove of having a job and working on the house and all that jazz. Now, I’m ready to throw myself back into it. I have my submissions tracker still set up from sending pieces out this year, so it should be a cinch to get started. I plan to submit to at least two places a week and just keep my head up each time an email goes out.

Make 2015 the year of the novel. / This year I am determined to, at the very least, write a completed novel with a beginning, middle, and end. I didn’t complete NaNoWriMo this year because about halfway through I decided to work on my library instead, and that’s okay. I need a good workspace anyway. But ideally this goal would include not only writing a draft, but editing it at least once. I’m trying to keep this plan manageable by including that caveat of “at least,” but inside I really want to do even more. I’ve already begun to plot out the novel, figuring out character motivations and the general idea of the story. For this, I plan to write at least one thousand words a day, knowing that this will make it easier to fit into my schedule without wearing myself out.

In addition to these, I also plan to

  • publish Wonderlust seasonally, with this first issue being the winter 2015 edition, so three more issues can be expected throughout the year.
  • work on building my writer site even more (the new zine shop being the first part of that).

I’m not sure what else I’ll throw myself into yet as far as writing projects go, but I’m excited to see where the next year takes me. I’ve felt this huge push lately to accomplish so many writing goals and projects, and I’m eager to see how it all turns out and evolves as the year goes on. I know blogging has taken a backseat lately, and that’s okay; blogging may not be my biggest writing asset at the moment, and I just see no point in forcing it. But maybe that will change throughout next year, as I come up with new goals and ideas as times goes on.

December 15, 2014
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  • Kay

    Sounds like excellent goals! I like that they are definitely challenging, but not completely outside the realm of possibility. I’m still working on getting mine together for next year. I feel like I have a lot jotted down, and I need to pick some big ones to put my main focus into. Best of luck with yours!

    • Sonya

      Exactly–I tried to go with challenging (even a little scary), but absolutely doable. I think it’s good to be realistic while pushing myself as far as I know I’m capable. I know I CAN do all of these things–especially with all the planning I’m putting into it to make it easier on myself–it’s just a matter of truly accomplishing them. Good luck with finding your focus for your own projects!

  • Zine shop, zine shop! I’m so excited FOR you and all of these awesome-sounding goals!

    • Sonya

      Ah, thank you! Half the reason I even bothered with an on-site shop is because I’m just kind of over Etsy fees. I still haven’t escaped PayPal fees, but at least it’s a little better. Plus, it feels a bit more streamlined having everything in one place now.

      • I never really got a sense of the Etsy backend since I don’t really sell anything, but I’d imagine they’d collect something, like any place, but I’m glad to hear the PayPal route is a little better!

  • i’m so excited for you– you’ve totally got this.

    Let me know if you need any help with #1. I’ve been a bit absent online and a real poor pen pal, but just know you have a cheerleader all the way in TN. Editing, binding, a pep talk– I’m here for you!

    • Sonya

      Ooo, I’ve had you in mind for some binding work on that actually! I have an idea or two floating around for something special for it. And thanks for being my cheerleader–it’s nice to have some. Perhaps I’ll send you the first draft when I get it put together.

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