Writing Goals for the Rest of 2017 and Beyond

Hi Everyone, lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on my writing and trying to push past writer’s block, which is such a struggle.

At the beginning of the month, I announced I was participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. This has definitely has been super positive for my writing, and I’ve mostly been able to keep up with it.

Now that I’ve gotten back into what I’ve loved for so long, I thought I would share some other writing goals I’ve made for the rest of the year and beyond.

1. Stop Focusing on the Numbers

I blame this one on NaNoWriMo and school, mostly.

Now, don’t get me wrong both have been incredibly helpful for my writing in the past.  However, I have found that I tend to cut any corner necessary to meet the goal.

For example, in NaNoWriMo the goal is to write 50,000 words in a month. This goal is great in the sense that they are encouraging you to simply put the words on paper and to put your inner editor away for the month. However, if you focus too much on the goal you’ll end up writing total nonsense, and if you ever decide to edit the mess later you’re probably just going to delete the majority of it.

2. Write Until it Feels Done

This goal goes along with the previous one.  Instead of focusing on how many words or pages I’ve written, I want to focus more on the scene itself. My plan is, instead of writing fluff to fill pages or word counts, I want to work on a scene until it feels done.

That means there is a beginning, middle, and end to each and every scene. The details that are there are not just filler but are serving a purpose.

This is probably the hardest goal, because how do you really know when a scene is complete?

3. Write 15, 000 words in July

I know, you may be saying, but you just said to stop focusing on the numbers. That’s still true, but I still felt like I needed a tangible word count goal for the month. While I am writing I don’t look at the word count, though.

Once I’ve written this chunk, It will prove that I’m back to writing and am ready to really dive in. I’m at just under 4,000 words by the way, which doesn’t include these blog posts.

4. Finish a Writing Project

This is my last goal, as of right now, and it’s pretty broad. Over the past, like 8 or 9 years, I’ve started countless writing projects and have yet to really finish any of them.  The only ones you could even qualify are remotely finished are the ones that I turned in for a grade in school.

So, that being said, if I really want to be serious about my writing, I probably should actually finish something. I have a lot to choose from in my work in progress folder, so hopefully, I’ll be able to accomplish this in the not too distant future.

Let’s Get Writing

The lovely Kristina Horner inspired this post with her creation of Wordbound.  Wordbound is “a weekly writing exercise for anyone who wants to commit to making writing a priority.” She started it back in January, and I’m working through the past prompts now.

Thank you so much for reading, if you are a writer and have any goals please share them down below.