Defining Your GOALS for 2016 – What Do You Really Want Out of Your Writing?

Hi, everybody! I have had a highly successful week of writing in between the Christmas holiday and New Year’s Eve. I have hit the half way mark in my novel, The Swamp Fairy, and am excited about how it is all coming together. I actually started from the first transcript I wrote and reworked the entire story. It is going to be an amazing adventure! I am just at the 20,000+ word mark and well on my way!

By the way, if anyone ever told you that writing a book is easy, make sure to tell them they do not have a clue about writing a novel! I am loving this journey and learning a ton in the process. I find myself dreaming of what I am going to write next! I have had to work hard at shutting my mind down so that I can get some much-needed sleep.

That brings me to defining my goals for 2016 as it pertains to my writing and my blog. I had to think hard and long about what I could realistically accomplish. I made a list that seemed to go on forever and ever! I knew that would not work so I started really looking at what I knew in my heart I could accomplish.

Here are the top 5 items I came up with that I think are doable in real life for me to advance my writing career:

  1. Publish my book by my birthday, April 18th. This is my protagonist’s birthday in the novel also, so I believe that will be a way for my readers to associate with my character and her story. Stay tuned because I have other exciting things to share about my character and the book coming up in the near future!
  2. Continue my journey with Mindful Monday – Healthy Living. This gives me a way to explore more about myself and actually helps me with my writing and daily life. I hope my readers will continue to be as inspired as I am from all the great comments and the journey’s that we all share together.
  3. Write MORE poetry! I want to explore other forms of poetry. The Poetry Foundation has an excellent list of all the poetic forms with definitions. Click here to take a look!
  4. Participate in more creative writing challenges and explore different genres.
  5. Continue hosting Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Who else has a WordPress event where the participants post quotes whether I do or not? How cool is that? I have the best bunch of quote finders in the world! ❤ Inspiration is at an all time high! However, I would like to ask for someone to take over the Quote Wrap-Up for me on a regular basis. It is time-consuming, however, it does bring some great traffic to your blog. Please let me know if you would be interested in the comments of this post. After a year and a half, I would love to see a fresh take on sharing the quotes!

I want to spend more time perfecting my workflow this year too. I need to spend less time on social media and more time concentrating on my writing. I have worked so hard to build a readership for my blog that I find my time for writing has suffered. That means that I will be doing more re-blogging of excellent blog articles that I find in the blogosphere instead of playing on Facebook. 😉 That will give me the extra time to write book reviews!

That’s it! A simple straight forward list of goals that I WILL accomplish this year. How about you? Do you have a list of goals that you hope to attain this year? I would love to hear how you are planning to meet your goals!

I want to take this time to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I feel like 2016 is going to be the best year yet! Thank you for following Silver Threading. I wish you all great happiness and success in the upcoming year! GO FOR IT!



  1. you have just posted all my thoughts for the new year, I could just copy and paste for it is all there (just joking!)
    Regardless of what actually happens next year, with all this determination in place, it has to end up being pretty good, don’t you think?


        1. This will be my first book. I am learning so much. I already have plans to do the next one differently. It turned out that a line was down that was affecting our cable. What do you do? I got tons written and managed to dust and vacuum the upstairs! LOL! Thanks for your encouragement! Happy New Year!


  2. Happy New Year, my friend. It’s great news about the book and I love your goals. My birthday is on the 16th of April and I have a project goal of my own, so I might join you and aim for that as a publication date! I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you ♡

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    1. Mel, the 16th of April is our anniversary! We are so alike with birthdays this close. Isn’t it amazing? I bet we can come up with some great ideas. I am going to send you an email tomorrow. I want to get this next chapter written and then I would like to ask your opinion on a few things. Happy New Year! I know this year is going to be amazing for you and your wonderful family! Love you to pieces! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Love you right back. It’s so wonderful that the 16th is your anniversary – it was also my great-grandparents anniversary and I’ve always loved that fact 🙂 I’ll look forward to your email, and you’re absolutely right – we’ll come up with some fabulous ideas ♡

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  3. Hello Colleen! I’m so happy you got so much writing done and that you’re happy with your story. There’s no better feeling. Your goals are great! I couldn’t believe it when I read your #1 goal, because it’s almost exactly like mine. One of my goals is to publish the 1st book of my series before my birthday in August! I hope you get all the time, encouragement, inspiration, and love you need to achieve all your goals. Have a wonderful 2016! ❤

    ps. I'm glad you're going to continue 'Writer's Quote Wednesday'. 😉

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  4. A great list of goals, Colleen. I’m so pleased to hear how you are doing with the book. I look forward to getting my signed copy in April 🙂

    I’m also going to enter some writing competitions this year. I only entered one last year and, after getting knocked out in the first round, I lost my confidence. However, I’ve learned not to let that affect me ever again, so I’l be entering some more this year.

    Happy New Year to you.
    With my very best wishes,
    ❤ xx

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  5. That’s quite a list of goals Colleen and I wish you luck with them. I also have a few plans…but I prefer to keep them quiet for the moment, as I may change a few of them…as usual! No, hang on…I will change them. I get bored so easily. LOL!
    Great to hear your novel is coming along well and I’m looking forward to reading it.
    Take care. xxxx

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    1. Ha, Ha! That’s what I love about you Dorne! Don’t change. Right now I am so busy on this story that I have not thought too far ahead on my blog. I will though! LOL! Like you, I like a change. All my best to you and your endeavors. I look forward to seeing what you come up with! 😀 ❤


  6. Happy New Year, Colleen! Look like worthy goals, and attainable! Like you, I’m starting on my NF ebook and blogging’s social media and care and feeding have to be secondary to teaching and writing. I’m so looking forward to the Swamp Fairy! I wrote 1300 words today in an hour after my inspirational windsurfing session here in Mexico!

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