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2017 Writing Challenge–What’s Your Writing Goal for 2017?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

2107-writing-challengeDid you find the FirstDraft60/120 challenge helpful? Want to keep that momentum going through 2017? It doesn’t matter if you’re still working on the same project or starting something new. (Or, like me, you’re just trying to do something writing-related on a daily basis to get back in practice.)

If you’re still out there somewhere and want the kind of support and accountability that we had through (most of) the FirstDraft challenge, good news! Starting on Sunday (02/12/17), I’m going to be putting up a weekly 2017 Writing Challenge post reporting my progress for the week and asking you to share yours. And if you found it helpful, I’ll also post a week-at-a-glance calendar with daily activities (like Timer Tuesday, Story Bible Wednesday, and THORsday Thursday) that will help you (me) stay on track with getting something done daily.

And in case you missed it in the final FirstDraft120 post, here’s a list of ideas of writing-related activities you can participate in as part of your 2017 Writing Challenge goal(s):

Ideas for Setting a 2017 Writing Challenge Goal
And I’m even going to set that goal/challenge for you: spend an average of at least one hour per day (seven hours per week) on “writing-related work.” What do I mean by that? Well, for example:

What is your writing goal for 2017?

What are some other writing-related-work tasks you can think of that you can do for an hour each day, in order to keep your creative pump primed and to give you momentum to actually write your (current/next) manuscript?

  1. Dora Wagner permalink
    Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:03 am

    I’m in. I have been archiving your posts to begin after tax season and start my Story Bible. So, having it go through a weekly challenge might be beneficial to me. One step at a time, as long as it takes. I actually think it makes perfect sense to continue the momentum you’ve started and to challenge myself to actually put “pen to paper”, even if it is through the computer.

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    • Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:22 pm

      Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too! I have a cousin who works in accounting, so I know just how grueling tax season can be for those of you in that field. Don’t push yourself too hard with the writing in the beginning. Ease into it and give yourself a mental break for a while!


  2. Thursday, February 9, 2017 9:58 am

    I’m going to try this again. I didn’t finish where I wanted to but I won’t let that stop me. A little bit, every week, may be what I need to keep the ball rolling.

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    • Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:22 pm

      A little bit at a time is the best way to do it. That’s what I’m planning on this year, too!


  3. Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:20 pm

    I have a bunch of ideas of things I’d like to accomplish in 2017 writing-wise—I’ll be spending part (if not all) of my writing time tonight with Carol writing out my specific short- and long-term goals for the year.

    Some of the things I’d like to accomplish:
    –Spend a total of at least 60 minutes per day on some kind of fiction-writing-related task.

    –Finish writing up the story ideas for the rest of the characters in the Ransome sequel series idea.

    –Write a novella that’s either from the above series of ideas or a spinoff character from one of my other completed series.

    –Be better about writing blog posts regularly and responding to comments.

    –Develop and “teach” at least two new writing series on the blog. (Suggestions for topics you’d like to see are greatly appreciated!)

    –Rejoin a national writing organization.

    –Start participating more in local writing group(s)/events.

    –Write more. (Vague, I know.)



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