Kicking off the new year: 2015 ROW80 round 1 goals

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, but here we are in 2015. This is going to be a year of revising for me, as I created a lot of first drafts in 2014.

A friend recently asked me if I had any New Year’s resolutions in place, and I usually don’t—I prefer to set measurable goals for the year. But one thing I want to do is spend less time thinking and more time living. I’m a very cerebral person, and it’s easy to get lost in my own thoughts, forgetting to get outside of my head and jump into my life.

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I’d like to volunteer in my community more, to refresh my spiritual practice, to start submitting stories for publication, to try new things like geocaching or ballroom dancing, start a regular practice of yoga, tai chi, or meditation…Well, the point is there are a lot of things I want to do, and I’m hoping 2015 will be a year of action, of moving forward and really engaging the world.

And now, here’s my list of goals for the first round of ROW80. Happy New Year!

Writing goals

1.) Clean up “Stolen by Magic” and send to critique partners.

2.) Revise “Stolen by Magic” (Cabot Sisters book one).

3.) Revise “Called by Magic” (Cabot Sisters book two).

4.) Write another short story or novelette.

5.) Revise “Good Old-Fashioned Magic” and write query letter and synopsis.

6.) Read two books on the craft/business of writing.

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily.

2.) Blog twice a week.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday.

Life goals

1.) Do yoga or tai chi or meditate three times per week.

2.) Do something related to volunteer work or spiritual practice at least once a week.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday.


A Round of Words in 80 Days, founded by author Kait Nolan, is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop! Click here to see other participants’ goals for the current round.

What about you? Do you have a New Year’s resolution this year? What do you want to add to your life in the coming year?

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21 thoughts on “Kicking off the new year: 2015 ROW80 round 1 goals

  1. I am working on sticking to a few goals. Reminding myself to finish said goals, and start small with other goals, thus revising the goals (creating new and bigger) as i complete the smaller ones. It’s the year of doing for me. 🙂

  2. I have revising on the horizon too! Of course I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and have far to many things to write, but that’s why I’m holding back on the goal setting! I look forward to hearing more about your progress. Good luck with all the revision 😉

    1. I usually steer clear of resolutions, but this year I saw an opportunity and decided to make a resolution and see what happens.

      Good luck to you too, Ruth! And a happy New Year!

  3. Good luck with your goals. I’m totally in the revision process, but would love to come up with some shiny new ideas. The morning pages really do help with creativity, although I use them more to have conversations with my characters than anything else. Happy New Year and see you round the virtual watercooler.

    1. Hi, Robin. I love shiny new ideas, but I have to remind myself to focus on my current project before I go chasing them down. On the flip side, sometimes I need a break from revision and a new story can actually help me return to revising with a fresh eye–I’ll see solutions I didn’t see before. I like your idea of using morning pages to converse with characters. I’ll have to give it a try. Happy New Year!

  4. The only “Resolution” I set for this year is more of a one-word theme: Completion. I’m attempting 500 words per day, with hopes of completing my WIP by June 30, 2015. I like the idea of reading books on the craft/business of writing — and I do have one on my reading list for this year, altho I hope to read more than just the one as they are ever so helpful, as well as motivational! I need to work in some exercise, too, but I’ll concentrate more on that next round. Good luck! We can do this!

    1. That’s a great goal for the new year. 500 words a day is doable and allows you to make steady progress on a manuscript. Best of luck!

      If you’re looking to read some books on the craft of writing, I recommend any of James Scott Bell’s books. They’re fantastic and have helped me identify problems in manuscripts–and helped me to find solutions. 🙂

      1. Thanks — I do have several of James Scott Bell’s books, and you are so right — they are extra helpful! My favorite writerly guide, however, remains Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. It claims to be for screenplays but I have found it to be quite handy for novels as the structure is so similar.

  5. I don’t know why, but when you said you tend to get very cerebral, which I totally relate to, I began to think of the lyrics of the Cranberries song “Zombie”, “In your head, in your head…” lol. Yes, I know the feeling. It’s hard to stop and smell the roses. There’s a lot of life going on around us. And you wrote your brains out last year. Look at all you accomplished Denise. You are doing very well. Enjoy the Yoga or whatever is your pleasure. You deserve it!!! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Karen. I’m looking forward to plenty of yoga and meditation this year. And, hopefully I can get a few manuscripts polished and ready for publication. But I definitely need to balance work with fun. I’m hoping this will be a year of growth. 🙂

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