Some Writer Goals for 2018

This post was inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, a blogging linkup hosted by That Artsy Girl! (It used to be The Broke and The Bookish...)


Goal #1: Read 150 NEW books this year. 

     Last year, I tried to read 200 new books in a year. And I didn't quite make it...though I probably DID read 200 books, if you count re-reads...And I'll also be in college, so I don't know how much that'll set back my reading....So hopefully I'll be able to complete my goal this year

Goal #2: Write at least two BRAND NEW first drafts

I mean, come on. I did that last year. It should be a snap. I know that I will at least be working on my newest WIP, Twelve Golden Windows. But who knows what the second one will be...

Goal #3: Revise one of my old first drafts (which may means scrapping half of it and starting over) and make it a working first draft

Well, my nanowrimo project is 50k of random, plotless gibberish and In a Dream needs a lot of work plot wise...I certainly want Capes, Coffee Shops & Cake to be done before the next nanowrimo, but I'd rather work on In a Dream right now, so we'll see how that works...


Based on my current plan, (which is overly detailed and constantly changing) my Camp NaNo project will be the second draft of Twelve Golden Windows, but I might throw in a side project of some sort.

Goal #5: Do NaNoWriMo

I'm going to be writing the sequel to Capes, Coffee Shops & Cake this November and I am so excited. (Even though I can hardly stand to look at Capes, Coffee Shops and Cake right now...)

Goal #6: Complete at least one second draft

Which naturally is going to be Twelve Golden Windows in April, but my plan is to do at least two more...

Goal #7: Actually get one of my stories to the third draft stage.

I actually have never gotten one of my WIPs to the third draft stage. I don't know if I've mentioned it before on the blog, but my writing process is:

First Draft: The first time I write the whole story out on paper
Second Draft: Read through the first draft, make notes and re-write
Third Draft: EDITING BEGINS! In the first edit, I edit everything on the computer. Its easier to see mistakes when editing on paper or listening to it, but this way I can get the majority of it out of the way.
Fourth Draft: Print it out and scribble. all. over. it.
Fifth Draft: Read out loud or listen to it being read by some program. There are a lot of programs out there that will read your papers to you, since it is easier to hear mistakes that way.

Goal #8: Get one of my stories to my AMAZING ALPHA READERS!

My Alpha readers will get to read it the first time somewhere in between the second and third draft. I would prefer to give it to them AFTER I've had a chance to edit, but I also don't want to edit and then re-write pieces and make major changes so...

I think I'll give the story to two of my Alpha readers and make Lilah wait until I've edited. (Typos are her weakness.)

Goal #9: And maybe even Beta Readers?

Granted, I'll be pretty close to the end when I start asking for Beta readers, but maybe....maybe it will be this year.

Goal #10: Plot a bunch of new novels!

I have a bunch of stories to plot. And while some of them are still basically just plot bunnies, a few of them are ready to be plotted out. And by "a few" I mean more then 8.

Goal #11: Start writing query letters and researching agents.

Granted, my stories are no where near being ready for this...that doesn't mean I can't start looking into agents and finding some that would match my writing.

And I will be writing rough query letters from now on in the plotting stage

Well, we'll see how many I actually get done...
What are your plans for 2018?

-Mary Kate


  1. Those are some great goals! They sound very much like mine, but even loftier. I hope you are able to achieve each and every one of them!! Work hard. You'll get there!


    Keep going strong. I hope you reach all your goals!


    2. And you changed your profile pic again! I love this one! It's so pretty!

  3. I love all the NANO options during the year now - it helps me to stay motivated and get excited when some of the writing and editing drags on... Good luck this year!

    Reading List

    1. And its such a good way to meet other writers too! Especially for Camp NaNo and the cabins

  4. I did two Nano Wrimo Camps last year and NaNoWriMo for the first time ever and it was a great experience. It does motivate you to write more. Good luck!

  5. You have some awesome writing goals!! And I applaud you for trying to keep up the same reading habits while in College. I struggled to so so much course work and read.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

    1. Thank you! Since this will be my freshman year, I don't really know how it will affect my reading levels...But then again, I can always add to my goal if I achieve it early

  6. Great goals! I hope you achieve them all.

  7. Wow, I'm impressed that you read that much and wrote that much. I can't seem to do both. Good luck with all your resolutions. Sounds like you're amazing at accomplishing things!

  8. *hiss* Typos!!!! Love your goals!!!!!


  9. I love your writer goals! I'm not a writer myself, but your goals sound both exciting and important : ) I hope that college doesn't mess too much with your reading goals. I majored in English, so while I did have to spend a little more time analyzing the books for school than I would a non assigned book, and that slowed me down a bit, overall I got the same amount of reading done in the year.

    1. I'm so relived! Granted, I won't be majoring in English, but its a relief to know I should still have time to read :)