Last year I made myself a list of goals, most of which were writing related. Of the 11 goals I made for myself, I managed to accomplish exactly one off of the list. And it wasn’t one of my writing ones.
That being said, I did some work on the other goals. I played around with Chat Mapper a little bit. I started world building one of those worlds that need building. And while I didn’t clear out my writing magazine stash (one of my unlisted goals), I did clear out some other magazines.
I also accomplished some things which weren’t on my list. I was involved with a game project among friends. Sure, it ultimately didn’t go anywhere, but it was still a valuable experience. I also worked on Holdfast, which resulted in a published credit. And then I wrote that submission for the Dark Crystal Author Quest, which was quite a feat in and of itself (a couple months of research followed by three writing and editing it). I think the lesson from all of this is that while goals are good, it also pays to be flexible; you never know what opportunities life will throw at you.
So with that in mind, here are my new writing goals for 2014:
- Figure out Chat Mapper and write some branching dialogue with it.
- Build 2+ of my worlds that need building.
- Build a game (can be with RPG Maker, Game Maker, StoryNexus or whatever).
- Edit my 2012 NaNoWriMo novel OR write a new novel using 90 Days to Your Novel
- Get to GDC Main this year.
Most of these goals are the same as my last year’s goals, but that’s okay; I’m thinking they’re still good goals to strive for. For the fourth one, I’ve had 90 Days to Your Novel for quite awhile and wanted to give it a try. I might even just rewrite the NaNoWriMo novel using that book’s techniques since I’m pretty certain the book needs an almost total rewrite anyway.
I have a couple of other goals for the year that aren’t really writing related so I’m not going to post them here. That last goal isn’t completely writing related, but I do talk about conferences from time to time here, too. I’ve been saying I’m going to GDC for the last few years and still haven’t made it; I’d really like to change that in 2014!
Hopefully 2014 will be a creative and productive year for us all – Happy New Year, everyone! 🙂