2018 Writing Goals
Last year (not quite at the beginning) I announced three writing goals (not resolutions) for the year. This time around, I decided two things, that I was going to do this again, and that I wouldn't wait until March to make this decision.
Before we get into my current goals, a little retrospective of last year's goals.
- The first was to finish the first draft of my Nightmare Noir sequel by the end of Summer 2017, and I'm happy that I accomplished that goal two weeks early.
- Unfortunately, this goal wasn't as successful. I had planned on getting accepted/published each season of the year. This started off promising, as I had a story accepted fairly early in the year, but after getting short listed a few times, that was the only action I saw for the year. Disappointing, but by no means the end of the world. I wrote some of the best quality stories I ever did this past year, and I'm positive that they'll see the light of day on page in due time.
- Finally, I wanted to work with other creators more often, and I believe I've succeed with this. I conducted the first of my Six Rounds interviews with Marc Sorondo here, and the wrestling predictions team expanded by double with Brundan and Rybo Slice joining Pink and I. Hopefully, as time goes I'll be able to continue the growth in both forms.
With that recap out of the way, let's move forward into the new year, and the goals I've set for myself.
I won't consider this a writing goal for 2018, but I would really love to win Best Horror Short Story for 2017 in the Preditors & Editors contest. You can vote for my short story 'Ghost Train Out' at this link here.. As announced last week, whether I win or not, AzarRising will be hosting a store-wide sale of all available books both on this site, and in the AzarRising Mobile Bookstore (still the trunk of my car). However, if 'Ghost Train Out' wins the award, I will conduct a free giveaway where one lucky fan who voted and commented on Facebook or on last week's article will win a copy of Strangely Funny IV, which contains the story. Thank you much.
- My first goal is the one I failed at last year; I aim to get published in every season of the year. Ideally I'll get published more than four times, and I don't really care when they are published, but I like the symmetry of one per season.
- Last year I made big strides in completing my sequel to Nightmare Noir by finishing the first draft of the novel. This year I plan on finishing the second draft and potentially start shopping it around. But officially the goal, is to have the second draft polished and finished this year.
- Working on the novel for the past bit, I haven't been able to dedicate as much time to writing any short stories. Without an inflow of stories how can I hope to publish more this year? I can't, so my next goal is to finish up at least three new short stories this year.
- For most of my life, writing has been my priority, however now that I'm engaged and looking forward to getting married, that has somewhat shifted on my list of priorities. This is part of the reason why my writing has drastically slowed down, but I aim to meld the two in a few different ways. The first, and potentially easiest, but probably most difficult will be to create a strong female character molded after Sable, my fiance. The next will be to write a story (not necessarily the one where her character will appear in) dedicated to Sable and our relationship together. This should be fun for a horror author..
There you have, my 4 writing goals for 2018. How many will I be able to accomplish? Will I fail at all of them? Will I win another Preditors and Editors award for Best Horror Short Story? This is the year to find out!