The Countdown to 2016 is Now - What Are Your Writing Goals?

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

- Ernest Hemingway

2015 is almost over. What are your writing goals for 2016? With only 48 hours until the new year begins, now is the time to start thinking about what kind of writing you want to focus on. Only you can decide to take your writing to the next level. Will 2016 be that year?

Is Your Goal to Write Poetry?

Maybe you’ve decided to make it a goal to write a poem. You’ve just been a little hesitant because you’re not sure how to do it. One of the best ways to learn how to write poetry is to read poetry.

The more poetry you read, the more you are able to see what poetry makes possible. Find something that inspires you and put it into words.

Don’t be afraid of the blank page. Look at the possibilities that the blank page has and write for yourself whenever you can.

Would You Like to Write a Short Story?

Do you have to goal of writing a short story? Many writers decide to write short stories because they feel they’re not ready to take on the task of writing a novel.

With patience, practice, and imagination, you can craft and finish a short story. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next bestselling author.

Have You Finally Decided to Write a Novel?

Maybe you’ve been writing short stories for a while and you’re ready to write a novel. Writing a novel takes commitment and a lot of energy.

You’ll need that energy to pace yourself through the drafting, revision, and editing process. All good novels highlight reality even as they succeed it.

This allows readers to search for truth and humanity in completely made up worlds. If you’ve made it your goal to write a novel, figure out a schedule that works for you and stick with it.

Maybe Your Goal is to Start a Blog

If you have the goal of starting a blog, there are a lot of things to consider. You’ll need to choose a blogging platform, a domain name, and hosting.

You’ll also need to choose what you’re going to blog about and how often you’re going to blog. Blogs need to be updated regularly with fresh and compelling content that adds value to readers.

Starting a blog is not easy. It takes time to build an audience and you’ll need to innovate constantly.

Are you up for the challenge?

In Conclusion…

No matter what type of writing you decide to pursue, without a plan, there won’t be any action. By setting writing goals that are measurable, meaningful, and attainable, you’ll be on the way to achieving them in no time.

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