writing goalsFor working writers like me, as well as writers just starting out, it helps you stay focused if you write down your writing goals, or any creative goals, for the coming year. Here’s what I have slated for the next twelve months. It may surprise you.

What is a working writer, you might ask? To me, a working writer is someone who makes a living from writing and selling books, short stories or articles. Some working writers also edit manuscripts and teach classes.

My writing goals twenty years ago were totally different than they are now. Back then, I had a vague goal of becoming a working writer by writing novels. It took me almost that long to accomplish it.

Why create goals? Because making a list of what we want to accomplish helps us keep track of our progress and reminds us what we want to focus on. Goals help us stay focused.

With that in mind, here are my writing goals for 2015:


January – December

Follow my typical writing schedule: Mornings 9 to 12:30 – 1:00, Monday through Friday.

Books to be published this year: 

January/February: Final touches to Grace, Grits and Ghosts, my southern short story collection. To be released in February.

Also final touches to Temple Secrets (southern gothic/comedy–The Help meets Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). February release.

Novels I’m working on:

January – November: Write the sequel to The Secret Sense of Wildflower. Working title: Lily’s Story.

(I have three chapters so far. The story continues 14 years later. I love being reunited with the McAllister family!) Finish date of first draft: late 2015.

If I finish the Wildflower sequel earlier than expected, then I’ll continue writing the sequel to Seeking Sara Summers. (40,000 words so far; my novels are usually 65,000 to 80,000 words.)

Audio books:writing goals

February – March (in the afternoons): Record audio books of Grace, Grits and Ghosts and Temple Secrets for audible.com.


Local Fearless Writing Workshops for Women.

Ongoing writing tutorials. (by appt.)

Small critique group here with deeper writing instruction? (April/May, 2 Fridays a month)

Possible Saturday writing workshops (10:00 am – 2pm) in spring and summer

Sept/Oct: Fall Fearless Writing for Women group

Typical afternoons:

After writing in the mornings: Create ONE blog post a week (minimum) on creativity, what inspires me, what I’m up to. Maybe short excerpts from my river journals from when I walked at the river 365 consecutive days?

Connecting with readers: 3 – 4 brief posts a week on my Facebook Author Page, Twitter and Google+. Continue building an author presence on Goodreads. Answer emails, compile new content.

Also Skype with book clubBook Clubs. (This month I’ll be Skyping with the Book Babes Book Club in Winston-Salem, NC which is reading The Secret Sense of Wildflower.

Daily: walk by the river

So what do you think of these writing goals? Does it surprise you what working writers like myself do in any given day and throughout the year? Readers often think that a writer’s life is glamorous, but it’s actually hard work, and can even get a tad boring. That said, I wouldn’t change my job for anything. I LOVE being a working writer.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2015? Keep in mind, sometimes getting out of bed in the morning is accomplishment enough! It’s all relative. xo


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