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Friday, December 30, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Kelli A. Wilkins

New Year, New Writing Goals
By Kelli A. Wilkins, Amber Quill Press Author

Hi everyone!

As 2011 winds down to a close, I find myself reflecting on the writing goals I set for myself way back in January. Did I achieve all that I wanted to? Could I have written more? Should I have put in more time in front of the computer, blogging or working on another book? Or was it entirely okay to sit in the back yard this July and watch the fireflies?

A friend and I were talking recently, and she asked me how the writing was going. I told her what I was working on and mentioned that I average two new books a year, plus some short stories.

“Two a year?” she exclaimed.

“Yes,” I answered. “I could write more books, maybe do five a year, but my stories tend to be longer,” I said.

She looked at me like I had three heads. “You do know that most people don’t even write two books in their life, don’t you?”

Her comment made me realize that everyone’s writing goals (and successes) are different. And that’s because every writer is different. There’s no “right” way to write – as long as you’re happy with your results. Writing is a very personal and individualized process. One writer’s goals or self-expectations may be entirely unrealistic for someone else.

At this time of year I look back at the books I’ve had published, compare them to last year’s books, and vow to write more in the coming year. I revisit those half-started outlines and piles of story ideas and pick out the most promising ones to “start fresh” with in January. It’s motivating to plan out the next year’s characters and dramas – after all, I’ll be living with these people for months!

If you’re a writer (established or just starting out) what are your writing goals for 2012? Do you want to finish the novel you started last year (or haven’t started yet)? Send out a dozen short stories? Enter a contest? Now is the perfect time to sit down and make a list of all you want to accomplish. Having a list of projects and priorities will help keep your writing objectives on track. Try not to compare yourself and your writing goals to anyone else. Remember, you’re writing your book at your pace.

If you’re determined to start a new book, make a timeline for research, character development, plotting, etc. Give yourself a deadline for when you will start writing and stick to it. Decide how many pages or chapters you want to finish each day/week/month. Little by little, your book will take shape, and you’ll be amazed at your progress.

But keep a balance. Don’t let yourself become so “goal” oriented that you burn yourself out, stress yourself half to death, and let the writing life take the place of your real life. (Believe me, I’ve been there and I’ve learned.) Family, friends, pets, neighbors, and having fun are all important parts of being alive. Make time for your books, but also make time for yourself and those you love. (Yes, it’s perfectly okay to leave the husband parked in front of a movie and go write for two hours. But make sure when you turn the computer off, you focus on the present moment.)

Brand-new calendars are waiting to hang on our walls and each page is filled with unexplored days yet to come. Every new month is bursting with hope, possibilities, and opportunities. Make the most of the upcoming year. Set some goals for yourself. Write as much as you need to or want to, and then sit in the yard and watch the world go by.

About the Author:
Kelli A. Wilkins has published over a dozen erotic romances with Amber Quill Press. Her list of weekly writing goals used to go on for pages, but now she has scaled back and only works on one book at a time. Her two romances for 2011 were A Perfect Match and Four Days with Jack.

Kelli invites readers to visit her website to catch up on all of her writings and sign up for her newsletter. Kelli also maintains a weekly blog ( and shares writing tips, advice, news, and whatever else pops into her head.

Leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for the winner's choice of one of Kelli's 2011 releases.

Extra links for Kelli:
Twitter: @KWilkinsauthor
Amber Quill Press Author Page:


Joanne said...

I have many of your stories on my wishlist. In the new year, I hope to buy many of them.
Congrats on your writing success.


Debby said...

I need to get me a calendar - one with blank days waiting to be filled.
debby236 at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

Great post.
Thanks for the chance to win one of your books.

VampedChik said...

Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

Cathy M said...

Great post, Kelli. I look at the new year as one of possibilities.

happy new year to you

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Mountain Laurel said...

I am actually working on one book now...and with my schedule may not get this one finished in my goal setting time...but we'll dredge on...
Happy New Year and thanks for sharing!!!

flchen1 said...

What a great post, Kelli! It's so important to pursue our dreams and also to do so in a way that's just right for us! Hoping you've had some merry and memorable celebrating this season, and wishing you the fulfillment of many goals in the coming year!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

shadow_kohler said...

What a great post! Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!

June M. said...

I have a beautiful calendar from an author that uses pictures she took during a trip to Scotland. So beautiful!
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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