WriterAlina’s Writing Plan for 2016
It’s that time again to create and revise my writing plan for 2016.
A lot has happened in my personal life this year, some of it encouraged my writing and some of it hindered, but I’m ready to take my writing career into my own hands instead of allowing life to dictate what I can and cannot do.
My new year’s resolution is “Take my writing career seriously and make sure everyone else in my life also takes it seriously.” I realize that this may be a challenging task, but I’ve come to the conclusion that if I don’t take myself seriously and grab the reins then I will never actually have a writing career. That would be a sad for me.
So what am I going to do about his?
Write Every Day
In 2016 am going to write every day. This is something that I’ve had as part of my writing plan for the past two years and I’ve almost accomplished it. I’m proud to say that I was at least 60% successful in this endeavor this year and plan to make it the full 100% this year. Even if I only write for 10 minutes and it’s in my journal, I will write ever day. First of all, in recent months writing every day has gotten me into the writing mode again and second of all, writing every day has motivate me to work on my story ideas more and more. There really is something to say about the energy you build up by consistently writing.
A Blog Post Per Week
I am going to continue to post a blog post a week about writing or a book/movie review. (I can’t wait to share my thoughts about Star Wars The Force Awakens, but I won’t be seeing it until New Year’s Eve. So look forward to that next week.) Of course I’m going to keep up with my book/movie reviews but I want to start blogging more posts about writing habits and cultivating creativity. I also want to start blogging about how I’ve been cultivating my personal connection to my spirit; perhaps this will encourage you to do the same.
My Story Writing Plan
For the last 5 years I’ve had the “intention” of finishing the novel I’ve been working on, but due to my protectionist attitude and life circumstances I have not yet completed it. So this year, I’m going to try a different tact with my story. I’ve decided to start small and work my way back up.
I am going to challenge myself by writing two short stories a month. The real challenge is to write a short story a week, but I understand myself well enough that I will not be able to accomplish that right now, so I’m scaling down to every two weeks instead of every week.
Writing short stories is a great way to improve your writing craft. I’m very bad at short stories. The reason I’m so terrible at short stories is that I feel my concepts are so huge that short pieces wouldn’t do them justice and I feel like I tend to babel on and on sometimes. It’s an art to be able to be precise and concise with your words; this is something that I need to improve on in my writing in general, so perhaps forcing myself to do it will help me grow. And you never know maybe some of them will be worth submitting to a contest or two or even self-publishing.
Writers of the Weird in Exile
In 2016 I will be active in a new science fiction/fantasy/horror critique group that has branched off of a critique group I was with when I was living in New Jersey: Writers of the Weird in Exile. We are WOTW members who live out of the states of New York & New Jersey and have joined together to create an online critique group. The nice thing about starting this is that I’ll be even more motivated to write more and write well. Some of the writers I’ve worked with before and others will be brand new. I’m very excited about this new group.
I’m terrible and self promotion and I need to change that. So one of my goals for 2016 is to expanding my readership through social media and telling more of my friends about my blog. I want to become smarter about how to use social media without getting sucked into the time consuming, time wasting aspect of it. I want to engage constructively and maintain people’s interest. Unfortunately, I don’t have an exact plan on how to do this yet.
My Miracle Morning
My goal is to continue my Miracle Morning practice and do it every day in 2016. This has been a great practice that my husband and I are doing together. I am not a morning person, but the morning has the best energy for being productive. In Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod explains the benefits of waking up early and aligning your day with your center. Through this practice I’m exercising, meditating, and manifesting my life better than ever before. The nice thing too is that both my husband and I are doing it so we can encourage and motivate each other. By doing this practice for the last month, I’ve actually been able to write more and from a place of open creativity, which is better than I’ve been able to do in a long time. Perhaps after a few more months I’ll tell everyone about my experiences with this Miracle Morning practice.
Writing Plan Deadlines
Right now most of my writing plan doesn’t have specific due dates, which is generally important when you create a plan, but many of my goals are habit forming goals that will be a continual process. The good thing is that I do have the deadlines of my blog and my new goal of writing a short story every two weeks. I will reevaluate this plan in July, perhaps there will be some short stories worth sending into competitions or self-publishing.
That’s it for my 2016 Writing Plan. Feel free to use my plan as a template for your own writing plan, or check out my post on creating your writing plan. As I said last week I hope all of your writing endeavors are fruitful and lead you to writing success in 2016.