Happy New Year readers, writers, dreamers, and doers! Welcome to 2019, where anything is possible!
Okay, enough with the feel-good pleasantries. How was everyone’s 2018? Pretty rough, or pretty good? I’ll tell you guys, it wasn’t an easy year for ol’ Wisteria, but we made it through! A new year means taking a look back and seeing what you did or didn’t get done that you wanted to in the last year in order to give you a better idea of what you want to do differently or continue doing this year.
Although there are some classic New Year’s Resolution staples, like working out more, drinking less, spending less money, etc., my resolutions and reflections are more career and writing oriented for 2018 and 2019. Sure, there’s a bit of lifestyle and such thrown in, but it all comes back to writing.
Read on to see what was accomplished last year, what’s in store for the new year, and my goals and resolutions moving forward. Feel free to comment your own reading and writing goals and resolutions – I’d love to hear them!
So. 2018. The year when a lot of things happened in a very short amount of time. Writers wrote their hearts out and published their works and readers dove in and read until they couldn’t keep their eyes opened. The world kept turning, people kept learning, and we all grew a bit.
In 2018, I published five new series – The 12 Mile Course, The Generational War, The Maydale Hauntings, The Horrors of Redemption, and The Forgotten Murder – along with tons of blogs about writing, living in Japan, and just my thoughts regarding various random concepts. I got better at creating unique cover art for my works, tried my hand at recording, and made some bold plans for both my future as a writer and how I wanted to upgrade and update my social media platforms.
Looking back, I’m impressed that I was able to get so much done in such a short amount of time. I published over 336,000 words worth of work, and was able to outline and plan my last five series. I’ve got a schedule I know I can stick to for writing and publishing, as well as one for blogging and freelance work. As 2018 has drawn to a close, I’ve found myself in a relatively stable position.
There’ll be some big changes in my future. Moving in with my partner, for one. This is important to note since moving into a house will mean finally having a dedicated office to do my work in, as well as the stability of living with my partner (and of course my beautiful little cat). The move is much needed, not only for progressing with my work but also for progressing in life. Hopefully the move won’t create any delays in my work, though time will only tell.
I’ll also be slowly adjusting from writing my series to writing full-length novels once again. I’ve written a few novels in the past, but ultimately changed from such endeavors to let the creative juices really flow with multiple short series. Moving back to novels means looking into publication through big publishers, which will be a new and interesting challenge. I also want to contribute to this website more with freebies, Q&As, writing contests, and more, but I haven’t finalized or organized those ideas yet.
If there’s anything you want to see added to the website to make it more interesting or interactive, let me know in the comments below!
The big goals for this year are as follows:
- Finish remaining five series
- Start working on full-length novels again
- Update website to make it more interesting and interactive
- Continue studying Japanese (and hopefully translate my works to reach a larger audience)
- Continue freelance writing
My biggest resolutions for 2019 are:
- Don’t give up or slack off until the last possible moment
- Try to remember to eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water
- Make time for fun
- Keep thinking and planning for future projects to improve both myself and my work
- Never stop writing
Regardless of what you did or didn’t accomplish in 2018, don’t shy away from making new goals and resolutions or try to bring back and achieve old ones! Looking back at 2018 is a great way to figure out what’s needed in life moving forward, and can help you put yourself on the path to success. Never give up, and never stop believing in yourself!