Goals for January: Writing by Checklist

As I’m balancing many projects, I’ve got to do some prioritizing in order to be sure that I’m making inroads on various projects.

I’m working on exploring new story-telling media, and I’ll keep you updated on how that’s going. Thus far, it’s going very, very slowly.

Also, I’m prioritizing two of my novel projects: an alternate history and a crime novel (this because I’ve had an insight into the sequel, so I’d better get on and finish the first one, hadn’t I?).

Other projects will plod along as usual, and whichever project is the closest to my heart in March will likely be my April Camp NaNo. After my sad failure of a showing for the November NaNoWriMo, I’m intent on actually accomplishing my Camp NaNos this year to the fullest.

I’m doing this in small pieces, focusing on a chapter at a time, with the attempt of accomplishing at least three chapters a week, knowing that during NaNo months I’ll be stepping it up to at least a chapter a day.

What are your January writing goals? Have you met any of them yet?




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

7 thoughts on “Goals for January: Writing by Checklist

  1. January goals are finish reading my second book of the year and read over my notes from the outline of my bext novel. I want to write the entire month of February

    • Great goal! February is a good starter month for big goals, for sure. Short, and still with some of the freshness of a new year. I recommend a Pomodoro timer or system. It really helps me improve my focus, and if you’re dedicating a whole month to one project, focus is important to keep the wheels going.


  2. Writing and editing are moving along like molasis.

    I had hoped to have my next book published by this point in 2017 but I received some helpful advice and added 4,000 words to it. It’s now back in the editing rotation.

    I did finish book two in the series I already have a book published in (literally today.) That gets added to the editing rotation.

    I have two more Manuscripts I would like to finish before June hits but if I get the first one I spoke of or another finished manuscript back from my editor and friend then that will push writing off.

    • Yeah, that “helpful advice” can be painful when it means bigger changes. A recent beta reader told me to make three quite large changes to the novel she was reading, and I had a strong moment of “NO” before I took deep breaths and said, “Okay, I’ll draft something and have the next beta tell me if they think it’s necessary, or if those cuts would be improvements.” When two or three people start saying something, it might be a good point…

      The editing process can really slow writing. I haven’t done much novel writing lately, because I’ve been so focused on MFA applications and editing. Best of luck on all, and I hope you get as many projects done as possible!

      • I got lucky and this particular advice came in a multiple option form. Where A was a complete rewrite, B being a bit of A and C, and C being more like eliminating things that seemed coincidental and adding more pov for certain characters.

        I started with C. I think that was the best option for my manuscript.

        Editing drags out the writing process sometimes to unbearable lengths.

        Thanks for the kind thoughts. I hope your edits go well for you. Happy writing! And Editing!

      • Multiple option form can be a big help, yes. Mine came more in the form of “try doing less of this, and try doing more of that.” Thoughtful, but much less clearcut.

        Good luck on all your writing/editing!


      • Yeah it’s easy to feel like your swimming in muddy water sometimes with that type of advice. I have to constantly refer to their example. Sometimes by the time I’m done doing the manuscript that suggestion has become an ingrained practice but more often then not I slip a bit back into what I was doing.

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