2013 Writing Goals


It would appear that the current trend is to inform the world of our writer goals for the new year, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon, even though the bandwagon is technically a fallacy. Say what? Never mind. On to the goals!

(Goals are listed in the order I intend to finish them in, but are subject to change.)

1) Publish “London Darkness: War of the Devices.”

  • I’m just waiting on the updated cover design, then I have to do a final read through and everything should be just about set. I can’t wait to get this out to you guys!

2) Finish and publish “Dirigible Air Corps: Dreadnought” novella.

  • I’d like to have the first draft finished by the end of January, with the goal being about 30,000 – 40,000 words. It’s currently at about 10,500, so I think the end of January is a realistic goal. If I work diligently I believe it will be published sometime in 2013. Perhaps around July or August.

3) Publish “Oliver” novella.

  • This is currently in the hands of the beta readers. I’m hoping to have it published by March or April. I have a photographer and models on standby for a cover shoot, I’m just waiting for the weather to improve a little bit. It wouldn’t make sense to have a snow-covered background for the cover of a book that takes place in the middle of August!

4) Finish “London Darkness: Automaton Rising” manuscript.

  • I have about 15,000 words of this completed, and am aiming for 100,000+ words. This will be the longest book I’ve written, and I’m determined to reach that goal. Every time I try to write that much I always get stuck and the book finishes around 45,000 – 50,000 words. Not this time! 

5) Finish and Publish “Dark Angel” short story series.

  • I haven’t talked about this much, but I think it will come out really well. It’s my first attempt at horror writing, and if you recall the short story I posted “Headless Angel,” that is story #1 in the series. I believe there are seven stories in it that will range anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 words each.

That should just about cover my major writing goals for 2013! I feel like it sounds like a lot, but I think if I stay focused I can do it. I’ve decided that I want to publish one novel and three novellas/compilations a year. I think that will provide sufficient output, and keep me plenty occupied. At this rate I won’t be participating in NanoWriMo next year either! But I suppose we’ll see. Luckily I have a head start on most of these goals, so that should make things easier.

Have you set your goals for 2013 yet?

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12 thoughts on “2013 Writing Goals

  1. I’ve always wondered why people shoot for certain word counts rather than just seeing where the book ends up going? I’m a major pantser so I’ve never been able to set goals like that and follow through with them. I’d really like to know what purpose it serves and if it helps!

    • I guess it started with my first NanoWriMo. Writing 50,000 words in a month gave me a goal to work toward. After that I was just programmed to set a word count and go for it. I’m absolutely a pantser too, and if I don’t reach those word counts I don’t worry so much about it because I know the story is still done. Sometimes I go way passed the set count, other times I don’t come close. It just seems to be the common trend, and it works for me. If not setting a word count works for you then that’s perfect! Whatever helps you get the words on the page. 🙂

  2. For some bizarre reason, every book I write ends up being ~120k words long. I have no idea why. Maybe my mind just works in 120k segments. Of course, the finished products always end up much shorter, but for first drafts, that’s just how I roll 🙂

    Also, good luck with your assorted projects! I have a feeling you’re going to be very busy in 2013, lol.

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