7 Writing Goals You Should Pursue for 2021
With the turbulent year of 2020 coming to an end, it is now time to look to 2021. As a writer, you will need to set goals for yourself, that way once 2021 comes in, you will be able to fully maximize your time as a writer.
Here are 7 writing goals you should pursue for 2021.
- Get more organized
If you want to improve as a writer, it is imperative that you are more organized. If you are not organized, the writing process will become so much more difficult and chaotic. Remember that the writing process takes a lot of focus, and if your tools and workplace are disheveled, then you won’t be able to write to your full potential.
Take the time to organize every aspect of the writing process. Write down your ideas and concepts in a notebook or a computer file. That way you have concrete notes that you could base your work on.
It is also a good idea to organize your workplace as best as you can. Choose a workplace that is both well-lit and clean. You should also make sure that your writing tools are ready for use.
If you are using a notebook, you should make sure that it is marked on the last page you used. Make sure that your pens or pencils have ink or are well-sharpened. If you are using a tablet or a laptop, makes sure that they are well-charged and plugged in.
By being organized throughout every aspect of your writing sessions, you are ensuring that you are writing without any distractions.
- Strive to gain more inspiration
Aside from getting more organized, you should strive to gain more inspiration. Remember that inspiration is like fuel to create great work. So you should make sure that you actively look for sources of inspiration on a daily basis.
Try to go through various experiences and incorporate them into your writings. Try to meet new people as well, because the more people you have meaningful conversations with, the more inspiration you could draw from for your future works.
- Redesign your author website
In this day and age, it is important that you have an author website. Remember that most people do their research and purchasing online. So having an author website will not only make your work easier to find, it is also a great place to reach out to potential readers.
With the New Year coming in, you should also redesign your author website. Try to upgrade your website’s colors and design. If the navigation and write-ups are outdated, you should also make sure to change them as well.
If you have the time, you could even do a complete overhaul of your website. That way your potential readers will see that you are active as a writer, and that you care about the content that you post on your website. Make it a habit to add new content to your website. This will ensure that your current readers will continue to regularly visit your site.
- Reach out to other writers
One of the best goals you could strive for next year, is to expand your influences as a writer. The more influential you are as a writer, the easier it will be to sell your books in the future.
So make it a priority to reach out to other writers, and cultivate strong relationships with them. Help them to improve their writing by critiquing their work constructively.
You could also post reviews of their works through your author website. By doing so, you are not only promoting goodwill with other writers, you are also expanding your circle of influence in the long run.
- Make more time for writing
When it comes to being a writer, your main goal should always be to write great content. So make it a priority to set aside as much time as possible. The more time you dedicate to writing, the more chances you will have of creating a truly great piece of work.
Aside from increasing your writing time, you should also increase your word count as well. For example, you used to write around 1000 to 2000 words per writing session, but next year you could add a thousand more words. This will help you become more productive in the long run.
- Try out a new genre
One of the most exciting things you could do as a writer is to try out a new genre. Remember that the more genres you try out, the more multifaceted your writing will be. It is also a great way to expand your repertoire, and learn new writing styles.
It is also very exciting to write in a new genre, because you could try out new concepts and writing tones that you could not use in your old genre. Just make sure that you don’t focus too much on your new genre.
Try it out, but don’t make it your sole genre. Many a great writer has tried his or her hand at multiple genres however they always go back to their main genre.
- Take up a long-term writing project
If there is one thing that we learned from the year 2020, it is that you should treat every day as if it were your last. So don’t procrastinate or leave your writing ventures for later.
Take the initiative and start on any long-term writing project that you have been wanting to do. You may be thinking of writing a book of your very own, or you may want to write a long article or collection of poems.
Whatever project you may want to do, you should start on it now. Don’t leave it for later, because every second counts.
The year 2020 was a turbulent start to a new decade, and because of the lockdowns and uncertainties, a lot of plans were put on hold. This could also be said for writers, because writing takes focus, and 2020 was a tough year to stay focused on. So it is imperative that you make the most of next year, as a writer and a person in general. With these 7 writing goals, you will be able to make 2021 a truly great year.