Writing Goals for 2016!

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writing things i tried did this year:

  1. I made a writing blog! So far I’ve only posted poetry but once I’ve finished editing a few short-stories, I’ll probably be sharing those too. (Oh and I share poetry on ello as well!)
  2. Some of my poetry was published by literary magazines (ie. Scrittura). 
  3. I tried to do NaNoWriMo..and only managed to write 18K words.. 

I feel like I haven’t accomplished that much this year but that kind of makes sense because 10th grade has been busy and stressful and I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time.

I know I’m going to be getting busier next year…but I may as well set a few goals for myself, the most important one being to finish everything I start. I know that sounds pretty easy.. but the truth is that I haven’t finished any of my novels yet. 

writing goals

  1. Finish the first draft of Vivid. 
  2. Start writing & posting (more) chapters of Deadline on wattpad.
  3. Maybe draft another novel for NaNoWriMo

(possibilities…)

If I do try writing another novel, here are the retellings I will be choosing from:

  • Retelling based on the Ramayana (a Hindu epic I was absolutely obsessed with as a child). It would be from the perspective of Sita and I’m probably going to mess experiment with the storyline.
  •  Lesbian sleeping beauty retelling. I doubt nobody has written this before but I think I could find ways to make it more interesting/original (maybe make it more modern?)
  • Gender-bender retelling of Little Mermaid or Cinderella. I’ve actually never read one of these but I think it would be fun to write.

So how has your year been? Do you have any (writing) goals?

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19 thoughts on “Writing Goals for 2016!

    • Rachana says:

      Well I imagine it would be harder to balance writing with an actual job haha. But who knows 😛 Turns out I will be a lot busier than I anticipated but hopefully, I’ll still be able to find time to write. Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

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  1. Danni Mae says:

    Vivid’s a good name for a novel- I hope you can finish! I understand the difficulty of finishing everything you’ve started; it’s so easy to begin a project and be so motivated and inspired, but then when it stops being new, it’s sometimes more like a chore. I’m trying to get better with that too, though!

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    • Rachana says:

      Oh thank you! I have so much trouble coming up with a decent title and “Vivid” is honestly just a placeholder until I can come up with a better name.. I don’t think it captures the essence of my book anymore. But good luck staying motivated and finishing all your projects, Danni! 🙂

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  2. Shawn L. Bird says:

    Well done, and good luck in 2016. My writing goals: 1. Finish my Masters. 2. Edit the 2 completed projects my agent is waiting for. 3. Finish at least a couple of the story/poem collections & novels in progress. 4. Submit at least 5 things somewhere. 5. Continue with 2015’s daily poem posting on my blog! (over 400 posts in 2015!)

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    • Rachana says:

      Good luck to you too! Sounds like you have a quite a few writing projects waiting to be finished. Do you know what you want to submit and where? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  3. Tiegan says:

    I really want to win at NaNoWriMo too… I’m worried that I won’t get the time as I get older. Plus I’ve never finished anything that long in my life… becoming accustomed to writing poetry does that to a person, I think.

    I’m trying to write a novel at the moment, and I’m at about 16,000 words, but my characters are losing their shine and my motivation is rapidly dying.

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    • Rachana says:

      Hi Marie! Thank you! Good luck with your goals too. Oh I really need to write more too – I’m always finding a new reason *not* to work on a project (editing is just so painful)..

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  4. Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout says:

    I followed you on Tumblr! I considered getting an ello but decided it would take up too much time — I’m in 11th grade (well, the equivalent) and basically dying, so I decided not to since I’m already hopelessly into Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr 😄 I would love to see that Ramanaya retelling, myself — but I think there is something incredibly valuable in revising a novel until you think it’s as good as you’ll ever get. I did that once before and my writing got so much better because I realised how fundamentally flawed my first manuscript was. Each rewrite / revision round makes my writing so much better. And in 2016 I am looking to revise both my mss and NOT start any new drafts — not sure whether I can stick to the latter though haha.

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    • Rachana says:

      Thank you! ❤ Oh gosh I'll probably be neglecting all my social networks next year as well.

      Well I have never revised a novel before so looks like I'll be having quite the learning experience in 2016. Good luck revising both of your manuscripts, I'm sure they'll turn out wonderfully. Thank you for stopping by, Alyssa.

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  5. CKReads says:

    1. Write a short story and keep them short.
    2. Succeed at NaNoWrimo
    3. Finish my current work once it hurts less to do so.

    I wish you luck on your goals girly I am interested in your mythology retelling and reading the original myth ^_^

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