I’ve reviewed progress in 2013 and now comes the setting of expectations for 2014. As before I will make targets Specific Time-boxed Achievable Measurable and Positive (STAMP). As well as targets (and KPIs) I want to set out some overall goals to show how the various targets contribute. It also allows me to chart success even if it is in ways I didn’t anticipate.
I want to become more T-shaped (see wiki: T-shaped skills) and with that in mind my goals are:
- Horizontally (the top of the T): widen out and specifically:
- Network more
- Write for more publications
- Publish fiction as well as non-fiction
- Vertically (the stem of the T): the themes for 2013 were (broadly) psychology, reviewing, science-fiction and some interviewing. I need to work on all of these areas in 2014
With the above goals in mind, my targets are:
|Attend events||4||Writer’s workshops, publisher’s events or training for example|
|Complete eBooks||2||I managed none in 2013 and this needs attention|
|New publications||4||Write for at least this many new titles in 2014 (likely to revise up at mid-year)|
|Published articles||12||I may count published short-stories as and when they happen|
|Enter competitions||6||Primarily short story but this may change|
|Short stories||8||Complete this many short stories|
|Final draft of The Third Door||1||My 2013 NaNoWriMo title which I hope to finish drafting by May 2014|
|NaNoWriMo 2014||60k||Aim to match last year’s success|
I think the link back to the various goals is self-explanatory.
I had a lot of material published on StarBurst Magazine and obviously want to keep that up as it plays to the vertical section of the T. I will monitor actual publications against the following measures:
|Published in magazine||6|
|Published on website||50|
There you have it – targets / goals for 2014 which will stretch me compared to where I ended 2013. What are your goals for writing? How do you set your targets? Let me know!