The second month of the year has just begun! Why not set a goal for this month–or perhaps for the rest of the year? C.A. King, Books & Quills Staff Member and published author, shares thirteen goals and objectives for writers. Choose one or more to try to implement this month!


Write something every day. It doesn’t matter how much or how little – just write.

Don’t worry about editing or re-drafting until the first draft is written in full.

Write what you want to write and how you want to write it. Develop your own author voice.

Join a writer’s group or attend a conference. Almost all professions require personnel to keep up-to-date with new courses as the world revolves around us. Don’t be afraid to keep learning. You can never know too much.

Utilize writing prompts. Keep everything you have written organized. It might come in handy when you are building the perfect scene.

Read.

Set goals! Know what you want to accomplish and by when. Make sure you stay on track.

Broaden your horizons. Try writing in multiple genres.

Create your brand. Social media is a necessary evil. Consider a website, blog, or vlog.

Network with other authors. Learn how to promote each other and share information about what works and what doesn’t.

Set up a marketing plan.

Publish! Do the research and choose between self publishing or traditional publishing. Then do it!

Have fun!