Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Time Management Tuesday: Let's Get Those 2021 Goals And Objectives Planned

For years I've been droning on about planning work goals and objectives for the year. Goals being what people want to do, objectives being how they plan to do it. I cannot say enough about how they helped me in 2020. Having something in mind I could work on was a huge...upper...so to speak and helped me maintain normality and interest in my life.

So here's your model for planning your own writing goals and objectives. 

Goal 1. Finish a draft of YA thriller that could become an adult thriller. It has a name this year, 143 Canterbury Road


  • I haven't work on this for a few months, so I'll need to reread what I've done to bring myself back up to speed.
  • Go over the outline/blueprint.
  • Assign writing tasks to time frames each week.
  • Just work on scenes. Don't worry about connecting things. 
  • Read YA thrillers.
  • Read history, since that's a significant factor for a character and maybe in other ways.

Goal 2. Concentrate on submissions and concentrate on increasing the number of submissions I make.


  • Submit book length projects to the agents I researched last month.
  • Spend more time with essay Facebook group and flash Facebook group. Those people are publishing and share their work, exposing me to new markets. Which is not stalking them.
  • Use that agent Twitter list I made a while back.
  • Use that publications Twitter list I made a while back.
  • Do a lot more reading of markets for short-form writing.
  • Not to brag, but I got my first rejection yesterday.

Goal 3. Work on short-form writing, essays and short stories.


  • Commit a month or two to flash writing. I was happy with how that worked this past year.
  • Look for more on-line writing classes/workshops.
  • Commit more time to reading essays and short stories
  • Tinker with the 365 Story Project.

Goal 4. Community Building/General Marketing/Branding

  • Provide social media support for writers/bloggers generating diversity material.
  • Pay more attention to community events like Multi-Cultural Children's Book Day; plan ahead for reading to support these events
  • Continue the monthly childlit book release posts
  • Attend virtual book launches and promote here.
  • Continue with Original Content.
  • Continue with promoting Original Content at Facebook communities, Goodreads' blog, and Twitter.
  • Get into the habit of checking my monthly plans in my bullet journal.
  • Check-in with goals and objectives quarterly. I'd say "monthly" but that was an objective for last year that I didn't touch.

I have so much to do!                             


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