Writing Goals for 2014

by @AnnieDaylon


Today, as the tide slips over the release date of my novel, Castles in the Sand, I am setting goals for 2014.


I started by listing accomplishments of 2013, an activity I recommend. I discovered that, despite bouts of doubt (do you have those ‘am I doing enough’ moments??) I accomplished a lot. Included on my list:

  • publishing a novel;

  • working with a partner (accomplished author, Michael Hiebert) to organize a book launch party;

  • attending conferences;

  • blogging and tweeting on a regular basis;

  • facilitating workshops;

  • attending Federation of BC Writers three-day writers’ retreat;

  • diving into technology (almost drowned… still here!),

  • learning that I must pick and choose my path because there are so many options and there is no way can I do everything. (Must keep it simple.)


With that last point in mind, I am listing just three goal categories. In order of importance, they are:


  • Write first!  Write regularly. (Novel first, always! I intend to finish, and market, my historical suspense novel.)

  • Write short stories for contests. (Love the contest concept; it is a vehicle for honing writing craft.)

  • Write a non-fiction book about writing. (Have learned a lot; intend to share.)


  • Read, Read, Read!  Read up. Read down.  (I laughed recently when I received an email from Goodreads congratulating me on having read two books in 2013.  The reality is that I read a minimum of two books a week. 🙂 Since I already keep an alphabetical list of everything I read, I will transfer more of that info to Goodreads in 2014.)

  • Read more Indie Authors (I am one; should support same. Mea culpa.)

  • Write a few short reviews.


  • Continue to share info via Twitter and Blog. Am focusing on these two because, like I said, I can’t do everything. However, I will also use other media, such as Linked In & Pinterest, and, of course, Goodreads.

  • Hire for Tech issues. (In many cases, time trumps money; I cannot spend hours trolling tech forums when I can spend a few dollars employing tech wizards.)

  • Learn to do Webinars.

  • Get help with marketing. (Not sure what this looks like yet but am putting it out there.)

So, there it is. A list of goals. Seems simple enough. And that’s the point: to keep it simple. Simplicity allows for success, for change, and for adaptation to whatever rolls in with the tides of 2014.

What are your writing goals for 2014?


My best to you for 2014 and always,

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6 thoughts on “Writing Goals for 2014
  1. Nice post, Annie. Your goals look a lot like mine for 2014! Write, write, write, and read, read, read, and in between get marketing! I appreciate you sharing. My first goal for 2014 is to get “The Towers of Tuscany” out into the world. If all goes well, it should be launched in February, 2014.

  2. Congrats, Annie, on your very successful 2013!! I always receive what I need from your blog. Thank you! I’m in the process of writing my goals, and thanks to you I think I’ve got it. My main priority is to get a newer computer and programs set up that make life easier. I have a chunk of editing to do then will release “I’m Hungry,” to the world. I believe 2014 will be a stellar year. Best wishes for you and yours this year. Cheers!

    • Always thrilled to learn that the blog posts are helpful. Many thanks for your kind words and congrats on getting goals set. I’m looking forward to reading your book. Here’s to 2014!

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