Who's ready for a new year and a new writing goal?
Every year, I like to take stock of the situation, and set new goals for the coming year. I’ve come to the point where I don’t set a lot of goals. Instead, I think of a couple of things that I think will make a significant impact on my life, and I focus my improvement efforts in those areas.
Last year, I wanted to spend more time writing about things not connected to personal finance content. I did manage to write a little bit more on my rant blog, and work on some (crappy) fiction, but I didn’t do as much as I would have liked. So, here I am, back in a similar position.
My writing goal for the coming year is going to be the same as last year, however, rather than a vague protestation that I’d “like to write more” (like every other writer out there, amiright?), I am going to actually formulate a plan.
My Plan to Reach My Writing Goal This Year
Anyone who knows me is well aware that I don’t need to write more when it comes to personal finance. I already write a ridiculous amount of content for the financial web. Instead, my plan is to write other types of content that interest me.
This year, in order to help me reach that goal, I plan to set a solid writing goal related to an amount I can handle each week. My writing goal will focus on two areas:
- My rant blog: I will dedicate at least 90 minutes a week to working on content for my rant blog. This includes politics and religion, and my random thoughts about life. No one ever reads this blog, but I enjoy writing it, and it allows me time to think — and write — about subjects that aren’t directly related to finance. I need that in my life, since it offers me an outlet about the things I actually wanted to write about when I first started this journey. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing about finance, and there is no online community I love more than the personal finance community. But sometimes I just need to write about something else.
- Fiction: I don’t write fiction very well. But I love reading fiction, and I have different ideas that run through my head constantly. So I will dedicate at least 60 minutes a week to writing fiction. It can be character backstories, plots, and descriptions. It should be a fun exercise in getting outside my comfort zone and doing something I’m not entirely comfortable with.
This writing goal should be doable. It’s a total of an hour and a half of extra writing each week, and that’s something that can be done when the mood strikes me, in small increments, or in larger chunks. Setting this time goal should also help because it will remind me to engage in this extra writing, rather than spending as much time playing 2048 online, or going down some comment rabbit hole on Facebook.
I hope that my writing goal will make a better writer overall. At the very least, it can’t hurt.
What is your most important writing goal for the new year?