Writerly Post Wednesday: My 2014 Writing Goals — How Did I Go?


At the beginning of each year, it’s somewhat a tradition where I put together a list (BECAUSE LISTS) of writing goals I hope to achieve that year. And then, sometime in June or July, I go through and revise these goals — tick of what I’ve done, and add new things if I feel the need to. So let’s see how I’ve done in 2014.

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See the original 2014 Writing Goals post here, and the revised 2014 Writing Goals post here.

At the middle of the year, I revised the goals so they were simpler. Here they are.

1. Participate/win Camp NaNoWriMo July. 

Done! I finished Camp NaNoWriMo July before the 31 days were up. I wrote the very bad first draft of Ironheart — a high fantasy about a girl with horns of iron. Think Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone meets Leigh Bardugo’s  Shadow and bone.

2. Edit first draft of The Empire of Stars.

Well. I’m about halfway through the second draft — a rewrite — of The Empire of Stars. So therefore I’ve only crossed out half of the goal. I want to take my time with this one, though, because there’s quite a complex plot I’m still trying to wrap my head around. So far, it has to be one of my favourite novels I’ve ever written.

3. Compete in and win NaNoWriMo for the third year in a row.

I FINISHED THIS IN FIVE DAYS. FIVE. The Surreal, Lovely, and the Strange is a YA contemp. featuring a sarcastic main character, nerdy love interest, and a trouble-making pet sheep called Avery. This one was so much fun to write. Though I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to rewrite it just yet.

So there you have it! My 2014 writer goals have . . . mostly been completed. I’m rather thrilled at myself, actually. Expect my 2015 writer goals to be up sometime very early January.


22 thoughts on “Writerly Post Wednesday: My 2014 Writing Goals — How Did I Go?

    • Neither can I, really! I think that was a very rare occurrence. O.o Still, the novel is awfully crappy — which is hardly a surprise really. I know what you mean. What I am doing at the moment with revising is making a list of all the things I need to fix; that way I can cross them off when they’re done and it seems so much more manageable. :)

  1. I’ve done a post like this and I just have to finish it…except my goals were dumb and I had like 18 story ideas on there BAH HA AH HA. As if. -_- I think I did 6 writerly things this year, which I’m marginally proud of. It was more a reading year for me though, so I’m okay with that too. Yaaaay that you did most of these though! I can’t WAIT for your writing goals 2015 post. I’m curious. ;-)

  2. Woah there’s a Camp NaNoWriMo? Iiiinteresting! I think I may have heard this in passing, briefly. But seriously this is a great effort and you basically ticked all those goals off! Congrats, Kara :D

  3. Congratulations! You’ve done WAY better than I have! :D
    Oh my gosh, you finished in five days…that stumps me to no end…some people are just super talented y’know? :D

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