Monday, 29 December 2014

My Goals of 2014 - Did I Succeed?


At the beginning of 2014, I sat down over teacakes with writing chum Tracy and set myself some writing goals for the coming year - you can read the original full post here.

The goals (in brief) are below and I have commented on whether or not they have been achieved.

Goal: Increase my story output to three stories every two weeks.
Achieved? Yes and no. I managed this for several months until it became stressful! I realised that by forcing myself to write more stories, I was concentrating more on quantity than quality and unless my story is my very best, I don't want to send it. I also realised that by writing more stories I had to come up with more ideas and this started to feel like a chore rather than a pleasure. With this in mind, I dropped back to one story a week again - this feels just right and the ideas come naturally now.

Goal: Achieve my hundredth sale by the end of the year.
Achieved? I sold 102!

Goal: Write another serial
Achieved? Yes. Serial number two was accepted by The People's Friend and is almost completed.

Goal: Write a novel
Achieved? Umm... no. I started - really I did - but there was always something else I wanted to write. I'm a bit disappointed in myself but will try harder next year!

Goal: Publish a collection of my short stories in time for Christmas.
Achieved: A gold star for this as Room in Your Heart was published in September (available here.) It was only ever meant to be an ebook but after many requests, I published a paperback version as well.

So, as you can see, it was a mixed year but on balance, I was very happy with my achievements.

But do you know what the best goal of all was? It was to meet up with Tracy once a month to discuss targets and put the writing world to rights. We've managed every month for the whole year and I couldn't have a better writing buddy. I'll be posting my new targets for 2015 very soon - so look out for them.



29 comments:

  1. You did rather well this year. I plan to write a short story a week next year, too. As well as getting a Pocket Novel written and a few more ebooks.

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    1. It's always good to have goals, Julie - just remember they are just a guide though. Good luck with yours.

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  2. Good job! In the absence of a writing buddy like Tracy, I use the W1S1 site http://www.write1sub1.com/ for my motivation.

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    1. Ooh yes, That's an excellent idea, L - thanks for the link.

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  3. You are my inspiration! My goal for 2015 is to get a story published in one of the Womags. Well done on achieving so many of your goals.

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    1. Thank you, Alison. You might want to have a story in a womag but a little bird tells me you write cracking competition stories!

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  4. I think you've had a great year. Perhaps, finding out what really motivates you in your writing was one of the most significant achievements in the end. And thank for the sweet and kind words - I can't tell you how our monthly chats keep me sane and on the writing path. Looking forward to setting 2015 goals (eat more teacakes?) and now I need to re-visit mine for 2014 ...

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    1. You bet - I have you booked in for next week!

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  5. Excellent results! I think it's very sensible of you to have realised the increased output goal wasn't working as well as you'd hoped and to adjust it.

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    1. It's made me realise that goals are for guidance only, Patsy.

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  6. If only all it took was teacakes then maybe some of us wouldn't have such a hard time keeping up. You only get out what you put in, Wendy. You work so hard you deserve your success. Let's hope 2015 is just as successful - and that you really get going on that novel.

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    1. That's the plan, Natalie... that's the plan!

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  7. Massive congrats on the goals you DID achieve Wendy! You have to leave SOME things for 2015 ;)

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    1. Going to have a big think about it this week, Sam.

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  8. Excellent results - think you deserve more than a gold star. Onwards and upwards. (And thanks for pointing me towards shorts... even if they are still hidden from view).

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  9. You keep going for quality. You are so lucky to have a writing buddy to meet up with, Mine is in Brisbane so daily emails keep us on track.

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    1. Wow! Brisbane is rather far for teacakes!

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  10. It's been a great year for you, Wendy, and you've achieved so much! Wishing you great success in 2015.

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  11. What a wonderful year, Wendy. Many congratulations on all your successes. One of my targets for the new year is to find myself a writing buddy :) Wishing you a fabulous 2015.

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    1. Good luck with finding your writing buddy, Nicola.

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  12. You have done so well this year and so lucky to have a writing buddy. My writing group meets weekly so that is my inspiration.

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    1. A weekly meet must be really useful, Maggie. If Tracy and I met up once a week we would be very porky with all the teacakes!

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  13. Hi Wendy - Congratulations on achieving the majority of your goals for 2014. You obviously put a lot of effort, time and focus into your writing so you deserve your success. Good luck for 2015.

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  14. Congratulations on a successful year, Wendy. You have clearly worked very hard and you deserve your success.

    Your blog has made me list my own aims for this year. I just hope that this time next year, I'll have done as well as you.

    Best wishes for 2015 xxx

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  15. Congratulations on such a successful year, Wendy. I enjoy reading your blog which keeps us informed of everything you're writing. Best wishes for your writing in 2015! :-)

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