In 2017, I only had two writerly goals:

  1. Finish editing Lady of Daemons, and
  2. Get online.

The first goal was easy enough. I’d been editing Lady of Daemons for ages and I was really motivated to finish. But the second goal…was the scariest thing I could think of.

In hindsight, I’m not even sure that I wanted to get online. Every time I thought about writing a blog post or posting a tweet, I felt nauseous. Sharing is not my forte. I only really did it because I’m pursuing traditional publication and I know how important it is to have an online platform.

But, I did it. I’m here, I’m on Instagram, I’m on Pinterest. (I’m also on Goodreads but I’m still not totally sure how it works. Please advise.) And, against all odds, I actually…enjoy it.

I never, ever thought I’d enjoy sharing my work, thoughts, and opinions online.

But I do.

I enjoy it so much, in fact, that I’m really excited about my plans for this year. My blog will be a year old in January (they grow up so fast) and I’m so excited about what I’m going to be putting out in the next year. I’ve got such plans. Relevant topics! New features! More GIFs!

I’ve realised that this is what can happen when you take a flying leap out of your comfort zone. I won’t lie to you—the first four or five months of blogging were awful. And the next three or four were still a little uncomfortable. But the last three or four weren’t just not bad, they were actually fun.

I took a giant step last year and I like where I’ve found myself.

So, what do I have planned for 2018? What can I do to keep pushing myself to be bigger and better?

  1. Be more organised. When I first got online, I was so focused on working up the nerve to post anything anywhere that I didn’t bother to schedule it in. That led to some pretty inconsistent posting and a lot of headaches as I scrambled to come up with blog post ideas and get them out on time. It wasn’t a good time, so this year, I want to have everything organised and ready to go well in advance.
  2. Be more sociable. I’m not very good at talking to new people. In fact, I find it really scary. But over the past year, I’ve made a lot of good friends on Twitter, and I’ve had fun seeing what everyone’s posting on Instagram, and I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s responses for Top Ten Tuesday. In 2018, I want to make even more bookish and writerly friends—even if it means being scared a lot.
  3. Be a better CP. This kind of ties in to being more organised and more sociable, but I want to make it its own thing because this one’s really important to me. I have some amazing CPs who’ve been so helpful in the past few months, and I want to make sure that I’m repaying them in kind. I want to be more incisive, more punctual, more helpful, and an all-around better CP.
  4. Finish Lady of Daemons. You knew this one was coming. 2018 marks my third year of working seriously on Lady of Daemons and I’m so, so close to being 1000% done. I want this thing wrapped up and ready to go.

2018 is going to be a big, big year.

I can’t wait to get started.

What are your big goals for 2018? Do you want to start something? Finish something? Improve something? Do you have any goals that scare you a little (or a lot)?