Today’s assignment: ‘Consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals’.
Ooh yes – my goals. These have changed since I first started writing this blog, mainly because I have found it such an ideal medium to practice my writing and find my writing voice.
My long term goal, and the reason I am now writing this blog, is that I want to write a novel that has somehow landed in my head, almost fully formed (at least the location, the characters, the plot), and also a series – underway with the short story Observing Murder which I am currently writing and posting on a weekly basis. I also want to practice writing in different forms – hence the novel, short story and pieces of verse I post now and again.
My ideal outcome would, naturally, be that I could write sufficiently well enough that I would attract the eye of a publisher who was prepared to invest in me. What a wonderful dream – to be paid to be a writer, to achieve sales, to write for a living – a good living at that. I am well aware that the likelihood of this happening is incredibly, if not impossibly thin, but that won’t stop me writing – it’s something I simply have to do. We all have to have dreams don’t we 🙂
My three concrete goals are as follows:
- As I’m working on a short story at the moment, my first goal is to complete it within the next two months, and to get feedback. I will post each instalment on Sunday evening (UK time), the next instalment being No.3 of Observing Murder.
- To firm up the structure for my novel and begin testing it for feedback. This is a huge task as there are so many characters involved, so I’m setting my goal for this at three months – just before Christmas (yikes – I said that word).
- Increase feedback on my site and to increase my feedback to others – in other words, to create/become part of a supportive network/community with writing as its main interest. This has to be ongoing so no date set for this.
- Because I couldn’t give a definitive concrete goal for number three, number four is to keep writing and posting five days a week – and look on it as a job as well as a pleasure.