That joke is so old - I forgot to laugh! But seriously - 2024 is in 4 days. Like where did the time even go? I hope you all had a great Christmas and an excellent holiday season. I hope you all are also looking forward to the New Year. I know me and my family are. I wanted to use this blog to share my upcoming New Year's Resolutions that might inspire you or your resolutions. I know they've typically been laughed at or not been completed but I'm intending to make mine obtainable goals. Because completed goals are the next step to new goals and up and up it goes.
1.Read More - I know this sounds like a simple goal, and it is sort of. Reading helps you and your craft. It helps you by inspiring new ideas and see how to challenge yourself to be a better writer. Even if it's not completing a new book, just squeezing in a page or two is going to take you miles. Last year I only read about 6 books which is more and less than other people. Some people I know even shoot for one book a month but with birthdays, holiday's, celebrations, vacations, sometimes it's hard to set aside the time. My new goal is 8 books this year but if I break it down more, it's 1-2 chapters a day.
2.Realisitc Writing Goal - This is also one I struggled with this year. I feel I set by bar too high and then became disappointed when I didn't reach it. It's a fantasic goal and a great motivator but just remember sometimes it's not possible to finish an entire manuscript or 1,000 words in a day! It's okay! You're a writer no matter how much you write. The goal is reaching the writing goal. Whether it's writing for 20 minutes a day or 200 words a day- if you set a goal based around your schedule and your life and then follow it - there's no doubt you'll crush it. My goal is
Writing goals are a great way to motivate yourself, but be realistic. It may not be possible to finish an entire manuscript in a month or commit to writing 1,000 words every single day. That’s okay! You’re still a writer, even if you need to take it slower than others. The key to reaching your writing goal is starting with one that is doable in the first place. For you, maybe that looks like writing for 20 minutes on your lunch break, or waking up at 8 am every Saturday to work. If you set a goal based on your schedule and your unique needs, then you’re sure to crush it. My goal for next year is one chapter per week or 800 words per day.
3.Taking More Breaks - I know this one sounds weird but it's something I struggled with very hard this year. I was so hyper-fixated on fixing the next chapter or writing 1200 words that I was losing sight of the story and/or my characters. Taking breaks is a fantastic way to make progress on your work. Taking the time to take a break, take a walk, drink some coffee or hot chocolate, eat a nice meal, or anything else, it all helps you recharge. Even for 10 minutes! It's not lazy to take breaks, it helps you come back stronger. Remember: it's hard to pull inspiration from an empty cup. My goal this year: take more walks per week, and during writing time taking 10 minute breaks to walk, eat some cake, or go to the beach.
So those are my goals this year. They are obtainable and even if I fail, I won't feel too bad because there is always tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow ~ I got into another festival! It's in January in Burgaw NC. I'll be there with my booth signing autographs and doing meet n' greets. See below for more information:
January 26th - 4-8 PM
Historic Burgaw Train Depot - 115 S Dickerson Street
Learn more about the event(s): https://visitburgawnc.com/events
But don't worry if you aren't able to attend that event. I know it's upcoming fast! I do have more that I'm attending as well. I'll share more details about those when I have more information. Right now, it's possible that I'll be at the Coastal Comic Con in March and another event in Holly Ridge in April. Again, I don't have a lot of information to share yet, so I'll share it with you all as soon as I get it.
Other than that, my family is doing well. It was so good to see them over the holiday season. My children, husband, and I are all back to work and making our New Year's resolutions. We are all healthy and happy and that is all I wish for you all as well.
As per usual, I will always keep you up to date with everything that is happening with the Zelina series, The Glyph Master series, Ream stories, Rise of the Vanquisher, any other Vella's, books, interviews, podcasts, and festivals. So keep reading these blogs and all my social media posts including Facebook, Tik Tok, & Instagram. Hope you have an excellent week, an even better New Year's. Stay warm & stay tuned for new updates!
See you at all the festivals this year, book signings, Insta, or on REAM :)