Goals for 2017

I don’t want to make resolutions for 2017. Everyone knows that a resolution is just something you break within the first week of the year. Instead, I want to set goals for this year. What’s the difference? Allow this website to explain. Basically, they are more or less the same thing, but it seems like more people achieve goals than resolutions. Thus, I’m setting goals for this website and my writing.

*Write More: I know. Some of you are thinking, “don’t you write enough?” And I say, “I can never write too much.” I always want to write more. I want to get back to writing prompts. I want to write some more fiction stuff. Jess bought me two of those creative writing journals for Christmas. I want to use these to help my creativity and my writing. I just want to keep writing because it’s what I love to do and that’s what helps with my mental and emotional state. I’ve increased my writing a ton in the past few months, but I never think it’s enough. Plus, more writing, hopefully, means more money.

*Push Myself: This goes hand-in-hand with “write more.” Sometimes, I feel very lazy with my writing. I don’t reach out and network as much as I should. I have so many ideas in my head but don’t act on at least a quarter of them. I get very easily distracted when I should be writing. I’ll start writing something, I think it’s going well and that I’ll finish it in a timely fashion, and then I get distracted and start doing other things. It’s a terrible habit and one that I would like to break. That starts with pushing myself to just finish. Then, I’ll have even more time for those distractions.

*Help Other Writers: When I first started this “just write” initiative, I said I wanted to link to stuff that I read. If I didn’t say it, I meant to. Either way, I failed. And by failing to link to other writers, I feel like I’ve let the brotherhood down. I want to link to other writers, especially those who aren’t well known because I’m a big believer that writers should support writers. I’m not even that well known, but I’ve made a lot of friends in the writing community and I want to support my friends.

*Keep Having Fun: I’m really fortunate to have so many outlets that are awesome enough to post my writing. I write some really dumb and absurd stuff that I can’t believe gets posted. I work with some great editors that make my work look so much better than it does when I hit “submit.” I’ll always say that a writer should write for themselves. Fuck what other people like. If you’re not happy with your work and it’s not something you believe in and had fun with, how can you expect other people to like it? Not every single people is going to like every single thing you post. But as long as you like it, then at least you’ll know that at least one person will like every single thing you post.


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