Last year, I set myself two very simple reading and writing goals. They were to read more books than the previous year (27 books) and write 200 words every day on an idea I had for a novel (working title: Walls).
I achieved both of those goals in 2015. (Ok, I might not have written 200 words every day but I feel like the 50,000 I wrote during NaNoWriMo made up for it.) However, I ended the year feeling like I hadn’t experienced much variety in either my reading or my writing. I’d worked on the same writing project all year and, although I was really proud of what I’d achieved, I wanted to branch out a little. And YA books made up about 90% of my reading last year. I love YA and I want to write YA but I know I need to explore other genres and age groups too.
So for 2016, I’ve decided to set myself ten goals each for reading and writing. It’ll be a challenge, especially considering everything else I’ve got planned for the year, but I’m looking forward to attempting them!
- Read at least 30 books (as recorded in Goodreads)
- At least every third book should be non-YA
- Read at least 1 classic I haven’t read yet
- Read at least 1 crime, mystery or whodunit
- Read at least 1 non-fiction book e.g. a travel book
- Finish a book I previously abandoned halfway through
- Read some short stories
- Listen to an audio book
- Re-read a favourite book or series
- Attend at least 3 book signings/author event and at least 1 literary convention/festival
- Write 200 words a day on any of the projects listed below
- Finish the first draft of Walls and share it with friends and family (even if it’s just the first couple of chapters)
- Re-write Play
- Write Dream (sequel to Play)
- Finish short story Ella
- Write a brand new short story
- Write a blog post at least every 2-3 weeks
- Write a poem
- Attend a writing workshop or course if possible
- Enter at least one writing competition
Originally posted to Tumblr on 1 January 2016