I don’t think I actually set 2016 writing goals unless they’re listed in a buried notebook. I did challenge myself to revise work and while I had a tantrum and didn’t manage to knock out the one-a-week revision edition, I did steadily practice revision all year, sometimes playing for the sake of playing (like with poetry), sometimes finishing a story because it was time, and twice revising to publish (here and hopeful). A year ago I also started exploring creative nonfiction through an online course. That class woke up an interest in telling true stories and showed me the time involved in telling a story well. Meaning that while 2016 is the year I decided I can be a teacher and writer, 2016 is also the year I realized there are some stories/ projects I need time to commit to doing well.
But this post promised my 2017 writing goals. So, here they are:
- One notebook a month
- FINISH Canyon Edge story
- Practice looooonger essays/ expansion as revision
- Write a sonnet composed of found comments on a single article/ issue/ video
- Submit five pieces for publication to at least three different magazines/ sites
I can do that.