Bye, 2020: A Look to the Future + How to Set Realistic Goals

The final hours of 2020 are upon us.

If you’re like me, you had high hopes for this year. It was the start of a new decade after all! How couldn’t it be the year that sets the bar as to what a “great year” looks like?

But 2020 had other plans in store for us all.

2020 was the year of reflection, as I like to say, so it only seems fitting I spent time reflecting on my website and where I want it to go in the upcoming year.

Here’s everything you can expect over the next 12 months by visiting my website.

1). More Content

The first half of 2020 had me feeling sluggish and not creative. A few months in, I breathed in a breath of fresh, creative air. Having re-energized myself, I feel fully creatively charged and am eager to write more often.

My plan for 2021, knowing things may change, is to post two new blogs a week. I already have about six months of content already planned out, so make sure you’re following. This way, you won’t miss a single post!

2). Better Organization

My website will undergo some cosmetic changes in the coming weeks. Mostly, these charges are to make navigating the site easier.

All blogs will still be posted in the general blog category as they have been. The change heading into 2021 is that I’ll be adding specialized categories to make finding the content you want easier.

I’m adding a Writing, Reading, and Horror Lover categories and will frequently add new content to each category.

3). Long-Form Content

In 2021, I hope to create a writer’s guide toolkit. This toolkit will include worksheets, activities, and helpful information to help you work through your next novel.

This may not be available until early 2022 as I’m still in the early stages of development.

4). New Book(s)

The sequel to Lost Girls is in the early stages of production. It’s fully outlined. Now I just need to put the pen to the paper and get everything written down.

I’m hoping Lost Girls 2, working title, will be available spring/summer 2021.

I have other books in the works, too. Time will tell when they’re ready for publishing.

5). Restart of Monthly Newsletter

There weren’t many updates I made in 2020, so I decided to put my newsletter on hold for the time being.

With blogs planned, a new book in the works, and other fun things, I’m bringing my newsletter back for 2021.

If you missed out on joining my newsletter the first time around when The Seventh Day was published, now’s your chance to get exclusive insight into my life and writing journey by joining my free book club.

Bonus Content: How to Make Realistic Goals

Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions. I’m not a big fan of this because I don’t like waiting until a certain date to start or stop doing something. Either way, though, I still like to reflect on the past year and what I want to accomplish/focus on over the next 12 months.

I think of this as an abridged version of the infamous, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” question.

As a dreamer, I frequently set unrealistic goals that are unachievable by even the most experienced experts.

That’s why I started making SMART goals.

SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

An example of a smart goal for someone wanting to publish a novel could look something like this: Write, edit, and publish a novel about dinosaurs by September 13, 2021, but by December, 14, 2021 at the latest.

This is a much more obtainable goal rather than saying: Write a best-selling novel in 3 months that’ll sell 30 million copies.

When setting your SMART goal(s), try to think of the different steps you can take, think baby steps, to help you achieve your goal.

Here’s to 2021 Being Better…Hopefully

As this is my last blog of 2020, I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and healthy new year that’s full of good times. I can’t wait for you to join me in the exciting writing journey 2021 has in store!

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