New Year and New Goals


We are already two weeks into 2017. Every January, when the year is brimming with potential, I like to set concrete goals for myself. It’s a helpful tool for pushing me to take steps toward my larger dreams, especially with my writing.

In 2016 I set sixteen goals for myself, but I later abandoned three and completed eight of the remaining thirteen. My biggest accomplishment as a writer was having my first novel professionally edited. It was a wonderful and challenging experience, and I learned so much about writing and areas I need to grow in as a writer. As the year progressed, I realized that I had chosen too many goals for the year. Sixteen objectives spread my attention too thin rather than enabling me to focus on a few important ones. Learning from this, I have decided upon only eight for 2017:

  1. Read 12+ books
  2. Read 1+ book in French
  3. Write 3+ short stories
  4. Write monthly blog posts
  5. Self-publish something
  6. Compose a piece of music
  7. Learn a new skill
  8. Practice ukulele

I don’t know what this year will hold, but I hope to continue learning, growing, and challenging myself. I hope you will too. What goals have you set for 2017?


About Tim Oldenkamp

I am fantasy writer working on my debut novel and a trilogy of short stories. My wife and I recently moved back to our native California after living in Grenoble France for three years.
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