Friday, January 12, 2018

Taking stock of writing goals by Jan Scarbrough

How many of you write down your New Year’s resolutions? I don’t, mainly because I don’t make them. I do, however, write down my goals as a writer for the year. Then at the end of the year, I go back and look to see where I’ve fallen short.

The year 2017 didn’t seem very productive to me for my writing. The day job took up too much mental time. But looking back at my goals, I see I’ve accomplished quite a few.

Jan’s 2017 Writing goals
Publish My Lord Raven
Write Nom de Plume
Write a Christmas novella for the Montana McKenna’s series
Attend Novelist, Inc. conference
 X Plan and write first book of next Montana series

My Lord Raven was almost ready to go as the year started. I self-published a book that had been published by a small press. It required a re-edit, new final chapter, and new book cover. I was pleased when I released it in February.

Nom de Plume and Home for the Holidays were shorts. I thought I wouldn’t finish Home for the Holidays because the ideas just wouldn’t come, not with everything else going on. Somehow, I pulled it off, and published the short story the first of December, offering a free copy of it to people subscribing to my newsletter.

Content is king in the publishing world, and I just didn’t have any consistency in 2017. Looking forward to 2018, with the day job behind me, I hope to write at least two longer books. I’ve been planning Raven’s Vow for years, and still find the story eluding me, which means I need to simply sit down and start writing it.

So, for the record, here are my writing goals for 2018. Wish me luck!

  • Revise Kentucky Flame, re-edit, and publish as a paperback
  • Plan and write the first book of Ghost Mountain Ranch, a Montana Ranchers series book
  • Plan and write Olwen’s Vow


  1. Jan, as always, you are so organized and consistent with your goals. Here's to a year of content creation. Happy retirement!

  2. Yes, indeed. Happy retirdment. Let us know how your productivity shifts in your new lifestyle.

  3. Happy retirement and good luck with those goals. I have two books to write and can't seem to get a handle on either one. We'll see...

  4. Good luck with the goals. Hope you LOVE retirement.


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