My 2022 Writing Goals

Hello, old and new HoneyScribblers! Glad to see you here :) If you read the title, you probably know what this blog post is...but, before I get into that, I just want to begin by saying how sorry I am for disappearing on all of you for an entire month. In all honesty, with everything going on and all the Christmas festivities, I sort of...forgot to post on here *hides face in embarrassment* sksjsk—but in all seriousness, I'm back and better than ever, and it won't happen again (though I'm not making any guaranteed promises on that!)


Considering it's officially a new year (happy late New Years everyone!), I wanted to talk about my writing goals for not just this month, or the next one, but the entire year. Yep, you heard correct. I don't have a thing planned out for the rest of 2022, but I know what I want to achieve and I'm going to try my damn hardest to achieve it. *insert determined face emoji...if one like that even exists—well, you get the idea*


If you are looking for inspiration for your own writing goals, a boost of motivation, or simply want to help another fellow writer out (<33), keep reading, and enjoy.

Side note: That croissant looks really good. Okay, on to the writing goals!

 

#1: I want to finish the sequel to my first finished novel. If you didn't already know, since August of 2020, I've been working on a project called FFE (it's short for the actual title, which I won't be sharing because !! copyright issues !! ).


Anyways, I managed to finish the first draft of FFE by December of 2020 and have been polishing it ever since. Now, it's on its seventh draft, but I've taken a step away from that project to work on its sequel and my current project, PME (again, a nickname).


Lately, many people have wondered why I'm starting the sequel so early when the first book isn't even published, and I simply tell them it's because I honestly don't know how the series is going to wrap itself up in the end. And what infuriates me more than anything else is plot holes. So, my aim is to finish the first draft of the sequel so I can edit the first book in the series if needed, and I'm giving myself until March, because of school and exams I have in January.


It still surprises me how I was able to finish FFE's first draft in only three months...(like, holy—was I running on caffeine every single day? I'm genuinely confused but also pretty proud of my past self. I could learn a thing or two from her right about now). Currently, PME's draft is at a whopping 59,000ish words (as of December 31th, 2021), so it's got a long way to go before it's finished. But I'm not worried; I'm taking things one step at a time.


And it's going great.


#2: Speaking of the sequel, another writing goal I have is to...publish the first book.


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Yes, you heard correct. My biggest goal this year is to become a self-published author. I keep asking myself at times if that's an unrealistic and absurd goal to have while I'm still drafting the sequel, but when you know...you know. And this isn't just a spur of the moment decision. I've been thinking about going publishing in the late summer of 2022 for months now...probably since last summer. And I know in my gut that it couldn't be a better time for me to share my story with others.


#3: I would've added this on to the previous point, but I think it deserved a point of its own. The plan is, and has always been, to not keep my readers waiting. I know firsthand just how excruciating it is to wait a year for the second or third or fourth book of a series to release. And trust me, I wrote the book.


It ends on the biggest cliffhanger you can possibly imagine.


So, to avoid getting knives and pitchforks thrown at me (because yes, I honestly believe that would happen...my nightmares are proof of that), my third writing goal is to publish the sequel, PME, around 6-7 months after the release of the first book, which would be sometime around winter of 2022. This probably explains my need to finish the sequel before publishing the first book as well. The goal is 2022's end, but I won't be mad if it goes a little into 2023.


Wow, 2023. Try saying that to yourself. Feels weird, doesn't it? I can barely comprehend 2022. I mean, it still feels like 2020 was yesterday.


Weird.


#4: Onto more low-key goals (because publishing two books in a year is NOT an easy task and wow, I'm already stressed out thinking about it *cough cough* anyways...my fourth writing goal of this year is to try and write every other day, or every day if doable, even if it's for 10/15 minutes. I don't want to burn myself out, but I have done it in the past where I've written every single day for months on end (during my first/second draft stage of FFE).


It's possible, and I know that if I did it once, I can do it again. But I'm not doing it to overwork myself (which everyone around me has been incessantly telling me I do). I'm doing it for practice, for experience, and for learning purposes. I want to grow as a writer, because growing as someone I aspire to be can help me also grow into the person I want to be. And having a consistent writing schedule (if not frequent) like I've had in the past can allow me to do just that.


#5: Another writing goal of mine is being more consistent on here. The aim is to post once a week, which I've done fairly well in 2021 (aside from this past month). That being said, if you haven't subscribed to this blog yet, make sure you do so you don't miss out on any of new posts! Business-wise, I might upgrade this website to a more premium plan so I can possibly open up a shop, but no promises on that...


#6: Reading-wise, my goal is to read at least 100 books in 2022. In 2021, I hit 132 books, which is absolutely insane, but I know with publishing TWO books in 2022, I won't have as much time.


Yeah...definitely not.


My goal is to really just keep reading whenever I can, because that's where my motivation to write comes from. And if I lose that, I fear I'll lose a part of myself. (Comment below if you have that fear as well, I can't be the only one!)


#7: Lastly, I want to participate in NaNoWriMo (the real thing, not just the camps). Back in November of 2021, I thought I'd be able to participate in NaNoWriMo like I had planned to do since February, but life and mostly school got in the way. So, my aim is to participate in it in 2022 (not win it, but if that happens, that's even better!)

 

Overall, I think my goals are pretty achievable and can be done with time, hard work, effort, and of course, a whole lot of love.


Let me know in the comments below what your writing goals are for this year, and don't forget to visit my Instagram account where I post daily writing content for my followers! Also, on my Patreon, I'm hosting a co-writer series with some talented writers AND posting exclusive behind-the-scenes content of FFE (yes, the book I plan on publishing in 2022). You don't want to miss out on it.


Finally, if you need someone to review your book or someones you know needs their book reviewed, message me and we can discuss it further :) Alright, that's all for now, honeys! Once again, happy late New Years and I'll see you in the next post! xx - Ish





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