I have a previous post describing my bookish goals which you can find HERE but in this post I am chatting about my Writing goals and other personal goals for this year. I am putting up a content warning that at the end I talk health and fitness goals, please feel free to skip that section.
I am more of a Plantser than a Planner or Pantser. I need a basic sketch of an idea, then I need to discovery right for a bit to establish my plot ideas before I can plan. In 2022 I really made time investment into my writing. I joined the Edinburgh SFF Writers group joining them in several meet ups and on discord. I have found them so inspirational and motivating. I ended up starting many books creating full outlines. I do find I am a bit of a mood writer when it comes to genre and did find it easy to switch between projects when I got stuck with one.
1) FINISH ONE OF MY ONGOING MANUSCRIPTS
I currently have three manuscripts I am working on. An Urban Fantasy that had 27, 000 words and a full outline of around 10,000 words. A Sci-fi which has 15k and a 7k outline and a Horror Rom Com with around 13k and a short outline. I want to fully finish one of these. Most are outlined to be between 80k-100k. At the moment I am leaning toward the Horror Rom-Com but my Sci-fi is actually the most developed and probably the easiest to finish.
2)MAKE TIME FOR WRITING
I want to make sure I have time to get into the creative zone and to work on my Works in Progress over the next year. I want to put at least a couple of hours a week aside to just make some notes do some discovery writing and play about with characters. I would love to have a full first draft of one of my projects by the end of the year but I don’t know how achievable that is.
3) ATTEND CHIMERA FESTIVAL
The Chimera Festival is an SFF writing/book festival that is held in Edinburgh every year. I have only ever attended Digitally and I missed 2022’s festival as I was in Venice celebrating my 35th birthday. This years festival is running from the 2nd -4th of June. The second happens to be my Birthday and I know a lot of the members of Edinburgh SFF are attending so I am looking forward to celebrating with them .
OTHER PERSONAL PROJECTS
I taught myself to crochet and knit during the pandemic and for me it has grown into a hobby I really enjoy. I even made the jumper I wore on my work’s Christmas night out. I have seen many posts of people making temperature blankets over the year and I really like the idea so this year I have picked out a colour scheme and picked a pattern and I am going to attempt to make my own temperature blanket. This is the colour scheme I have chosen:
Another Lockdown hobby I want to improve on. I started by painting gel tips in bookish themes. I want to improve in my painting and application of the nails and learn other techniques, especially to make them last longer. I get really good response on my Instagram to my bookish nail art so this factors into my bookish goal of increasing my instagram posting.
Last year I decided I wanted to improve my overall fitness and I hired the amazing Kerry Smith Fitness as my Personal Trainer. I am lucky to be in a position to afford a PT and it has completely changed my attitude to the gym and working out as well as really helping with my mental health and attitude towards food. So I have set myself some Fitness related goals to keep me going on my journey.
1) Gym 3 Days a week
One day a week I work out with Kerry but I want to try and do two independent days as much as possible. It would like to build the habit of going consistently.
2) 10k steps a day
Working from home has drastically reduced how much I move every day so I want to make a conscious effort to get out of the house and go for a walk. My goal is to try and get at least 10k steps most days. To help with this I have signed up for some Conqueror Challenges. These are virtual races that record how many km you walk and at the end you get a gorgeous medal to celebrate your achievement. In 2022 I completed the first leg in there Lord of the Rings Walk to Mordor Challenge in which I walked the equivalent from the Shire to Bree sharing in Frodo and Sam’s Journey. I really enjoyed the app and looking at the map to see where I had reached at the end of each walk. This year I want to complete the other four challenges. This morning I reached Weathertop!
I have also signed up for the 2023 challenge medal. In this one you set your own goal. I decided that 6km a day was manageable for me so I set a distance of 2190km for this year which is giving me the motivation to put my trainers on and get out of the house.
Very Happy New year to you and Happy Reading!