top of page
  • Writer's pictureKelli A. Wilkins

Set New Writing Goals for the New Year

Hi everyone!


Welcome to 2024! It seems like everyone is talking about making changes and setting goals. If you’re a writer, you may already have a list of things you want to accomplish this year—or not.


If you need some motivation to get back into the swing of things writing-wise, take some time to look back at what you achieved last year and start thinking about this year. Evaluating your writing goals now will help you get on target for 2024.


Perhaps you took time off from writing during the holidays. Maybe your writing muse went on vacation to Hawaii and hasn’t come back yet. That’s okay. It’s fine to take a break from writing for a while—but not too long. (If you rest too long, you’ll rust!) Writing exercises, journaling, and freewriting story ideas are great ways to revive your motivation.

What are your writing goals for 2024? 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.


For example, 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 want to 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.


Need help getting started? Check out my non-fiction writing guide, You Can Write - Really!


No matter what your writing goals are, a little pre-planning will help you focus and allow you to flow from one writing project to another. Preparation also keeps you motivated and fends off writer’s block, because you always have “the next thing” to work on.


If you write magazine articles, are there any major publications you’re targeting? Start brainstorming ideas now, make a list of places to send queries, and check out potential markets for their latest submission guidelines. (It’s also time to be thinking 3 to 6 months ahead and plan those spring and summer articles.)


Write fiction? Have you found any new markets? Signed up for online market newsletters? If you’re published in one genre (say, romance or horror), are you going to expand your horizons and write a different type of story this year? 


Is the writing part going fine, but you need to develop (or enhance) your online profile and/or marketing? Explore writing-related websites and blogs, social media groups, and advertising opportunities for your work. Are your blog, website, and author page(s) up-to-date? Should they get a refresh (or a major overhaul) for the new year? 


This is also the perfect time of year to let go of things that no longer serve you. Simplify as much as you can, and you’ll make room for new opportunities and events in your life. This applies to everything—not just writing. For example, do you need to clear out clutter? Recycle excess paper? Get rid of stuff you’re saving for “someday”? Do you need to let go of relationships that are toxic or not working? Now is a good time to reevaluate everything.


Everyone gets 24 hours each day, so choose how you use your time wisely.  


Happy New Year! Let’s make the most of it.



Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page