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    What are your writing goals for 2021?

    I'm curious to know how many of you have annual writing goal that you try to achieve, or end up surpassing. I know we don't all
    think of it as an annual thing, but there is something to be said about setting goals. Even though 2020 has been a complete disaster
    for most of us (got my ass kicked by the universe), I managed to crush my writing goals through all of the other insanity.

    2020's writing goals:

    > Get one short story or novella accepted by a publisher (accomplished)
    > Write at least 10 new short stories and/or novellas (accomplished, exceeded)
    > Write 4 new memoirs (accomplished)
    > Make more new writing friends and expand my circle (accomplished)

    Before anyone says anything, I am not pumping out stories/novellas just for the sake of it. The 10+ manuscripts that I managed
    to finish this year were planned, with several more popping up at random. My writing goals for 2021 are as follows:

    > Get two short stories or novellas accepted by a publisher
    > Write at least 12 new short stories and/or novellas
    > Write 4 more new memoirs
    > Start a new fictional series
    > Finally write a crossover epic between a couple of my universes
    > Continue to make new writing friends and such

    I'd love to hear what everyone else sees as their writing goals for 2021!

    -JJB
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    Advertise more - I hate marketing, I REALLY do, but I gotta knuckle down and do it.
    Writing a new book - Afterworld: The Reaper and the Raven - I want that out on Amazon in August.

    Beyond that, just do my best to survive.

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    This year truly was a fine year for me, as far as getting my work published goes. The rest of the year has been awful.

    Accomplishments for 2020:

    January 2020: I got an essay published.

    Feb. 2020: I got an essay and a haibun published. I also had a poem accepted by Gargoyle (which will be published any day now).

    March 2020: I got two prose poems published.

    April 2020: I got a short-short and an essay published.

    May 2020: I got an essay and a prose poem published.

    June 2020: I got an essay published

    July 2020: I got four essays re-published, and got two new essays published.

    August 2020: My short story was a finalist in a contest. I got two essays published and my prose poetry recommendations list was published.

    Sept. 2020: I got an essay published, got one essay re-published, got a poem published, and a community poem on Covid-19 was published (which was composed of a single line by over two hundred people around the world).

    October 2020: I got an essay published, got two essays re-published, and got my first chapbook published (Flash Fiction: A Primer).

    November 2020: I won first place for one of my poems and got two essays re-published.

    Goals for 2021:

    1. I dislike marketing so I plan on making myself do more of it.

    2. I plan on revising several poems and stories and getting them sent to markets (or entered in contests).

    3. I also plan on getting a poetry chapbook or a poetry collection published-- I can't decide which one I'll try for.

    3. Maybe, just maybe, this will also be the year I get a new book on flash fiction published (someone's interested). Right now part of it is in the editing hands of our own Clark Cook (who is a terrific editor).

    I hope you all have a wonderful and productive 2021.
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    I'm working on a series of short stories (novelettes) which tie together in a braided novel. In 2021 I'd like to:
    1. Complete four first drafts
    2. Bring 3 of the current drafts up to publication quality
    3. Start the series as a web novel


    On top of that I'd like to get more work critiqued and submit shorter stories for publication.

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    I just want to get back to my normal output of 6-7 full-length novels a year. I don't think that will be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I just want to get back to my normal output of 6-7 full-length novels a year. I don't think that will be an issue.
    Whoa. That is a LOT of writing in a calendar year!




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    I want to finish the second half of a novel, that I wrote the first half of in 2020.
    Sometimes in the waves of change we find our new direction...
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    Keep working on my WIP...I'm not the best with timelines, so just re-immersing myself in the process would be nice. Whether I finish it next year or not isn't so big a worry. Maybe get on the publication grind finally as well now that I've adequately convinced myself I won't be doing it for recognition. Oh, and find a new writing gig...the one I have now is soul crushing.
    "Finish your work, accomplish what you set your hand to, and the people will call you a natural."
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJBuchholz View Post
    Whoa. That is a LOT of writing in a calendar year!
    No, it actually isn't. I know a lot of people who write far more than I do. Last year I got out about 650k words. I know plenty who do over a million every single year.

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    Complete at least two novels and one novella.

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