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Writing Goals for 2014: The Assessment

December 26th, 2014

At the beginning of the year I published my writing goals for 2014. Now it’s time to assess how I did. And in short… I made very few of my goals. But you know what? I’m giving 2014 a big thumbs up anyway, because it turned out to be a positive year for my writing career in other ways.

So here’s how I did on my planned writing goals for 2014:

1. Revise and polish the existing first draft of my next novel, The Red: Trials. Publication is tentatively scheduled for May.

Well. I did revise and polish it, and I had it all ready for publication…and then I sold the entire series to Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. So The Red: Trials, now The Trials, will be published in 2015. Oh. And I also revised it one more time.

2. Write and finish two more Zeke Choy stories, bringing to an end the cycle that began with “Nahiku West” and continued in “Out In The Dark.” If I can pull it off, the last story will be long, maybe a novella.

Uh…nope. Didn’t even start on this. I think I’ve put this off for three years now, because all my writing time has been going to commissioned stories and novels. Expect to see this one reappear in my 2015 goals.

3. Write the initial draft of another novel. I’ve been debating what that novel should be, and though I haven’t decided yet, it will almost certainly be a sequel to something.

That was written by my younger self… and apparently I hadn’t decided yet if there was going to be a third novel in THE RED series. Well, younger self, there is indeed a third novel and I DID write an initial draft, and I am presently in the process of making that a presentable draft, so this goal gets a thumbs up.

4. Write at least three pieces of short fiction that are not part of the Zeke Choy cycle.

Nope. I wrote one short story at the beginning of the year and I did not like it. I refused to submit it to the requesting editor. 🙁 And the rest of the year went to novels. Well, I had a nice three-year run of short story writing. I was more prolific in 2011, 2012, and 2013 than I have ever been. Hopefully I’ll return to that in 2015.

5. Write at least three nonfiction posts that I feel comfortable marketing to high-circulation websites. (Nonfiction is very hard for me.)

Hmm…wanders off to check files…nope. No. I don’t think I wrote ANY. What was I doing with myself this year?? Oh, right. Working on three novels in various degrees of completion.

In summary, while I didn’t do everything I’d hoped, I’m pleased with what I did accomplish.

How did you do with your 2014 writing goals? Please comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Posted on: Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 6:00 am
Categories: Annual Writing Goals.

2 Responses to “Writing Goals for 2014: The Assessment”

  1. Doug Farren Says:

    I have never written down my writing goals–it’s a good idea though! But I always keep several goals in my head. The first is to finish at least one novel a year. Since I hold down a full-time day job, writing is something that must be fit into the schedule whenever I can make time–usually at the expense of doing other things. I did finish Peacekeeper 2 and it’s been well received and is doing quite well. I also wanted to read at least 3 books on how to better my writing–done.

    What’s on track for next year? Doing a complete revision of both Dragonverse books to bring them up to my current standards and then start and finish a new edition to the series titled “Dragonverse – Origins”. I’m excited about this one because it will actually link the Dragonverse series to one of my stand-alone books and open the door for another novel along that line making Dragonverse actually a 5-book series.

    Loved “The Red: First Light” – been waiting on the sequel now for a long time.

  2. Linda Says:

    Congratulations on the success of Peacekeeper 2, Doug! That’s terrific. And best of luck with the Dragonverse projects, and in finding the time you need to write. Sorry for the delay in The Trials…2015, for sure!