As we come into a new year, it’s natural to want to come up with some new ideas to get a good start on the year. I’m no different. My biggest problem is that I have a million ideas and end up letting them overwhelm me and then nothing gets done. I can’t let that happen this time. So here are a few of the ideas that I’ve got going through my head. Maybe if I actually get them organized out in front of me, I won’t feel like I’m putting too much pressure on myself.
The first thing I’m wanting to do is start a list of some of the cool up and coming literary magazines online. Thanks to Shawn Berman, Editor-In-Chief of The Daily Drunk Magazine and The Dream Journal Magazine, I have found a ton of new literary and poetry magazines that are accepting submissions. So, my first real goal is to create a list of these magazines and post it on my site. I want to create a space for these wonderful people and try (I stress the word try) to keep them updated. If you have an online magazine and you’d like to be added to this list, please let me know. I’d love to add you to the list.
My next goal is to get back to writing on Medium. I don’t do it in hopes of making a ton of money. I’ve been writing on Medium for almost 3 years now and still haven’t seen any of my pieces make more than a couple of bucks. But it’s still something and I have to take a win where ever I can. I have to convince myself that I do have things to say that someone else might want to hear. I’m no expert in any field, but I’m an old broad and have a lot of experiences to pass along.
My third goal is in growing my characters in my Role Play blogs. This is really still a new concept to me. I’ve done it before, but it’s still a little tough for me. I have to remember that I’m not just writing about a character, I AM that character. I need to work at becoming the person I’m depicting. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and at the same time, it’s easy to get lost in the character and forget what’s really going on around me. I’ve got to find a happy medium.
Finally, my fourth goal is to continue to grow as a writer. Though I’ve been doing this for over 30 years, I’ve never had any formal training. Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned on my own. I’m always learning something new and I plan to keep that going. You can teach an old dog new tricks, it just takes a little longer.
I’m sure I’ll have more goals in the coming weeks, but I think this is a good place to start. If I can meet the goals above, I know I’ll be on my way to making 2021 a year to remember. What about you? What are some of your writing goals for the coming year?