Friday Fun: Goals Met? Goals Missed? How did you do in 2016?

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION:  If you set writing goals at the beginning of 2016, have you met them and/or missed them? And now what?

wendy-shotWendy E.N. Thomas 

In 2016 I had wanted to get a manuscript done – completed from top to bottom. Not a NaNoWriMo one but one that was planned, thoughtful, and that followed a storyline, an arc. One that I could then shop around to agents and publishers.

Then my mother got sick and I spent two months shuttling between her in Connecticut and my family in New Hampshire.

Then my mother died.

Then I went on a New Hampshire border-to-border walk with my son.

Then I ran into some health problems.

Then the election happened.

Then it seemed that with everything going on, the world has finally fallen apart.

But guess what? In the spare hours (and sometimes minutes) that I could carve out of my daily schedule, I ended up writing a manuscript. It wasn’t the one I thought I was going to write, but it turned out to be the one that was important for me to write.

I have a full manuscript of my 220 mile 16-day walk with my son and the lessons we learned along the way.

Am I Super Woman for getting this done?  Not at all, normal-as-they-come-Wendy – glad to meet you.

But I did state my intent and even in the midst of chaos I set the time aside to work on it because it was so very important to me. Writing also grounded me and kept me on balance – it has kept me sane this past year. Add to that a burning desire to succeed and I ended up making my 2016 goal.

Yeah I know – it surprised the heck out of me as well.

Lisa_2015Lisa J. Jackson: I purposely focus on my writing business and got a lot of new writing through that this year – so in that regard I met the goal of new clients and a certain income level even before December arrived. Several happy dances during the year to celebrate various milestones for those goals!

I’ve gotten back to my fiction writing, which was a goal, but I haven’t (yet) republished 2 novellas. I started NaNoWriMo this year and got a few words on the page — but didn’t hit the 50,000-word goal. However, I do have a fabulous story idea that has legs and so it’s a new goal to finish the first run-through in December (sort of doing NaNo a month later than planned).

I never seem to hit the exact goals I set out to do, but I end up with many things I hadn’t imagined and they are just as, or more, sweet than the goals I imagined.


9 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Goals Met? Goals Missed? How did you do in 2016?

  1. *whispers* I think you could be super woman… 😉 Well done sometimes writing takes the weight off shoulders that are piled high with the sadnesses of life. Procrastination from greif a diversion from the reality that always seems to surprise us… even though as sure as hens have beaks we know we are born and die. These two things are certainties but we are never prepared. X 😇

  2. 2016 was a mixed bag for me regarding my writing goals. I started a novel…got one third of the way through. I managed to complete three lengthy short stories…all of which have been rejected–several times–but my fault for not sending them out as much as I should have. I think, as I look back, that 2016 is more of a start-up year for writing projects. And I must concentrate on 2017 as a “completion” year!

  3. I have been an utter disaster when comes to new year goals. To begin with I never set any, but still there were some lurking in the back of my mind. For example to complete reading at least thirty novels (I only managed four), lose weight (gained instead), write a collection of short stories (wrote one story that ran into nearly 12000 words but still not completed), successfully complete my M.Phil English (topped the University) and some more. Clearly my overall balance sheet is in red. I wish I had the determination of Ms Thomas. Congrats to the both of you for making it successfully and satisfactorily this far. May I do the same in yet another year.

  4. I published two E-books. Decided to join NaNo behind the scene and ended up with 47,898 words on page. I’m busy now tinkering with my next E-book and have four more lined up. That’s between real life, work, blogging and other things like being chronically ill. I didn’t expect much from myself this year or any other year but I guess I’ve done enough.

  5. I have always wanted to write a book, but it was just a “someday” kind of goal. Then in October I decided that the time had come. Your post has made me think that I need to set some goals for 2017 to make sure I keep making progress on getting the book written. Thanks for the focus.

  6. I certainly had a writing goal for 2016 but realised in the middle of ‘living’ I had to simply take one day at a time and write the same way…..little by little. Little by little I have 3/4 finished my sequel to the first novel set in a small country Auzzie town. Historical fiction but the people became very real. http/: (anyone interested is a glimpse of the heart of the first story). The sequel may be beyond my abilities but the town celebrates 150 years next year and there is a lot of encouragement for me to complete my Historical Fiction to be there with the purely historical book when celebrations are underway. Sometimes we all have to slot in and press forward even if we think we are incapable. Everyone keep writing. Keep goaling. It is the stuff of our lives!

  7. My 2016 goal was to do something small and incremental that would hopefully result in an important shift. I find stating my intent – as you mentioned- really works for me. In terms of writing, I did NaPoWriMo in April – 30 poems in 30 days and suddenly I can call myself a poet (even if I already was one). Since then I’ve written more, more, more. I started a novel in September and finished a rough draft during NaNoWriMo. I’ve also started doing some spoken word stuff. I’ve had several poems published in online journals too. It’s been an amazing year for me creatively! Looking forward to continuing in 2017 and hopefully finishing/ publishing my novel. Perhaps even a book of poetry as well 🙂

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