I do a lot of writing on a daily basis. Like, a lot a lot. That’s half the reason I let this space (as well as my other blogs) go on a hiatus for the last six months: I’ve been so overloaded writing for other people that I’ve had little time or energy left to write for myself.
It’s time to fix that. Not because I need yet another item on my daily To Do list, but because I really enjoy writing. I like being able to just write for myself about whatever I want, whenever I want.
Believe it or not, with all of the writing I’m doing for clients and other outlets, having the ability to write for myself is a huge stress reliever and a welcome change of pace. I haven’t done nearly enough writing for myself lately, despite having a brain stuffed and spilling over with ideas. The time has come to unleash that bottleneck of writing ideas and goals and start pecking away the keyboard already.
What I Want to Write in 2015
My goals are a hybrid mix of personal and professional aspirations. For me, writing is both hobby and profession. It’s an interesting intersection: writing for enjoyment can certainly turn into professional opportunities. And while I enjoy writing for the hell of it, I also enjoy getting paid, too!
- More blog posts for fun and profit: I want to get back into the habit of blogging regularly at my own spaces. I miss it. But if I can also get some blogs published elsewhere, cool – let’s do it.
- A book proposal: by December, I want to have a completed, polished non-fiction book proposal I can shop around to publishers. I’m envisioning a memoir centered around my entire infertility, pregnancy, and NICU experiences since 2009.
- A sci-fi short story: Based off a vivid dream I had a few months ago, exploring the concept of loneliness in a post-apocalyptic society. I keep meaning to really flesh it out, but haven’t had time.
- A monthly online magazine: This one’s a biggie. I’m thinking of turning my infertility blog, The Infertility Voice, into its own online magazine with monthly themes. This means contributors, advertisers, the works.
- Another self-empowerment eBook (or two): This one will be focused on goal and vision setting and more universal in appeal (read: not just fertility focused) than my other eBooks.
I declare 2015 as “The Year of the Hustle.”
Speaking of hustlin’… The last 6 months have been pretty baller lately in terms of me writing for other clients. I’ve written for RH Reality Check, The Seleni Institute, and not one, not two, but three magazine features for Royal Media Partners. But I’m hungry for more. Here are a few additional goals I’m throwing into the mix for 2015:
Bylines That Would Be Just Damn Lovely to (Finally) Have
- Cognoscenti: It’s certainly possible given their submission requirements.
- Gawker.com: I know, I know – but their weekend essays are pretty awesome. I want in on that. This is my Twinkie goal.
- The Huffington Post: I’ve been trying to write for them for 3 years now. Will the journey ever end?
- The New York Times Motherlode Blog: HA HA HA. Definitely the biggest reach of 2015. No but seriously… who wouldn’t love a NYT byline?
So basically I’ll be camped out in front of my laptop from now until December.
In all seriousness: if I don’t set aside and make the time to write for myself at least every other day – and write with the intention of meeting some personal and professional goals – then none of this will ever get written. And that would be a damn shame.
What are your writing goals for 2015? For your blog, for your career, for fun and profit? If you want to be writing buddies this year, hit me up in the comments: let’s make an accountability game plan together!