Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Writing Goals for 2015

When I quit my full time job back in 2012 I had no safety net. I had no idea if I could do this freelance thing and be successful. I feel very fortunate in my career and am continuously happy and satisfied.

Each year I give myself a challenge rather than make a resolution. My theme for 2015 is adventure. I want to travel and experience more new things this year. But what does that mean for my career?

I decided I needed a few clearer goals this year. Here are my writing objectives for 2015: 
  1. Publish two personal stories that I feel could help others. I went through some stuff in the summer of 2014. I was concerned about sharing my stories because the events were very personal. But after taking Cindy Reed's Storytelling for Bloggers course in the fall, and reading other participants very personal stories, I changed my mind. They need a lot of editing and I will always have some fear about sharing something so personal, but I am working up the courage. 
  2. Apply for blogging awards. I always feel strange submitting my own stories for contests or awards, but I think it is an important part of my personal development. I don't know what stories or what competitions yet but I'll come up with something over the next year.I just need to change my mindset about it.
  3. Be of service to others. I write for a variety of websites from marketing companies to local business owners. I want to be sure that I approach each client with a service mindset. If I can't change the world, I certainly help someone market their products of services by writing engaging web content that draws customers to their website. If I can change the world, I'll try my hardest to do that too.
  4. Focus on some of my personal projects. Partly due to my crazy summer and partly due to some personal writer's block issues I haven't been concentrating on my own projects as much. I need to commit to writing for my tiny house blog once a month. I have another book project that has been sitting, neglected, since the summertime. I need to schedule my own work into my editorial calendar so I make sure I don't lose my focus.
What are your personal projects or career goals for 2015? 

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