Look, I’m not a big fan of resolutions.
Every year, I make a few, and every year I either a) forget about them or b) try for a while and then give up. And I know it’s not just me, but that doesn’t make me feel like any less of a failure for not being able to achieve my resolutions.
But since I’m either insane or extremely optimistic (Then again, aren’t those the same thing?) I’m going to make a few resolutions this year. I want to focus on setting goals that have to do with my creative life, since at this moment that’s what I feel like needs the most work.
My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Finally develop a writing routine.
Developing a writing routine and sticking to it is something I have tried to do for a long, long time. Usually, I can go for about a week or two before my routine tapers off into avoidance and mild self-loathing.
The thing is, this makes no sense. I love to write. I feel better when I write. And yet, I can’t seem to get myself to stick to any sort of schedule. I know this isn’t a unique problem. I mean, are you even a writer if you haven’t at some point complained about how hard it is to write? But if I ever want to finish any of the major projects that I have in mind, I know I am going to have to find a routine and stick to it.
2. Read at least 15 books
This is more specific and concrete goal, which might mean I have a better chance of actually meeting it. As I talked about in my last post, 2017 was not a great year for me as far as reading goes, and I want to do better in 2018. To me, 15 seems like a doable number that is just high enough to provide some challenge but not so high that I am going to stress out about it.
3. Build my freelancing business
2018 is the year I really want to focus on building my freelance writing business. While I’ve been working as a freelancer for a while, my business is not where I want it to be. I’ve had a couple of steady, long-term jobs, and so I’ve neglected to market myself and expand. But I really want to focus more on branching out, marketing myself, and building a client base.
So far, I’ve set up a newsletter to build my e-mail list (sign up for that here!) and I’m working on learning more marketing techniques. I’ve joined Carol Tice’s freelance writer’s den*, and I’ve already learned a lot from it in the last month or so that I’ve been a member. I’m also planning on blogging more regularly, both here and on my travel blog. Most importantly, I think, I just really need to start pitching more and building up my confidence. I’m really good at researching and learning new skills, but sometimes when it comes to taking action I let fear get in the way. In 2018 I want to change that.
4. Share more of my writing
My last creative goal for 2018 is to share more of my writing. I want to do this in a variety of ways. Obviously, I want to build my business and get paid for my work. But I am also interested in sharing my writing in ways that are purely for the pleasure of connecting with others.
I remember when I was a young teen and I would write fan fiction and post it online just because I loved to write and I loved sharing my work with people who loved the same stories I did. Every comment was a blessing. These days, it seems like I’m worrying more about how I can make money and losing sight of the joy that writing holds for me. In pursuit of this goal, I’ve set up a Wattpad account so I can share some of my stories there. I already have one up and plan on posting more in the future. This is also why I want to blog more. I’m really interested in the variety of ways that people share their creative work with the world, and I will be looking into figuring out what works best for me.
That wraps up my creative goals for 2018. I feel good about the goals that I have set for myself this year, but time will tell how close I come to actually achieving them. Are you making any resolutions for 2018, creative or otherwise? Why or why not?
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