A Good Start for the New Year

This has been a nice, low-key week, very welcome after the busyness of the holidays. DH and I went to see the new Star Wars movie yesterday. It was a fitting ending to the series, though with Disney owning the franchise now, I’m sure there will be more.

For New Year’s Eve, my husband and I thought about going to downtown Knoxville for their party and ball-drop on Market Square, but decided to just stay home. That was fine with me, as I’m not fond of crowds or cold.

I’ve also been writing (TL;DR: I exceeded my goals!) and going through an online workshop, WMG Publishing’s Teams in Fiction.

What I’ve Been Reading

I finished another novel in the fantasy boxed set. It was full of fantasy cliches (like the young boy predestined to be “the one”) but also had some creative worldbuilding and I enjoyed it. Since there are a couple books in the set I didn’t like, I’m not naming it.

2020 Goals

I also figured out what I want to do with my writing this year:

Writing and Publishing:

  • Finish the current WIP
  • Complete edits on last year’s WIP and get it to the publisher


  • Complete two WMG workshops per quarter
  • Keep up blog streak every Sunday
  • Read/learn something about copyright once a month
  • Keep track of books read, including business and other nonfiction, and those not finished
  • Revamp website (it’s sooooo 2011!)

BONUS (Stretch goals)

  • Any additional WMG workshops
  • Edit the current WIP and turn it in to my publisher

What I’ve Been Writing

My goal this past week was to write at least four days, and at least 250 words/day (ramping up slowly). I wrote six days, for a total of just over 1700 words. Yeah, I’ve written that much or more in a day before, but this is really good for me, considering the past couple of years.

This week, I want to continue the slow ramp-up, and write at least 375 words, at least five days.


Goals for ROW80 Round 1:

  • Current WIP – 36000 words (8000 in Jan, 12000 in Feb, 16000 in March)
  • WMG Workshops – Teams in Fiction, and Secondary Plotlines
  • 3x learn about copyright (once a month)
  • Blog every week

What about you–what are your goals for this year? How did you do on last year’s goals? (Let’s not talk about mine!) What did you do on New Year’s Eve/Day, if anything? I’d love to hear from you–please share in the comments, or join the ROW80 group on Facebook!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Aaaannndddd – she’s off!! Keep it up lady. New energy is what we all need now that the holidays are over.

    I finished putting away the Christmas decorations today and my husband took the lights off the tree and kicked it to the curb. No more needles for another 11 months.

    I’ve got my writing plan of attack all cued up for tomorrow as well. We don’t have any guests scheduled for a few days (very bad news on the business end) so I should get some uninterrupted writing time in all next week. I may even – dare I say it – finish this manuscript I’ve been working on forever.

    Here’s to onward and upward for both of us!!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. Shannon, Thanks! I certainly will! I’m going to start by reading The Copyright Handbook from Nolo Press. I got it for Christmas a couple years ago (on request) and have barely cracked it so it’s time.

    Patricia, good on getting the Christmas stuff put away – we did that this past week too. Have fun on your not-so-busy week – if you’re working on the next Grounded book, I’m looking forward to reading it!

  3. I love that you’re settling back into your goals, and scaling up gradually.

    I looked up the WMG workshops – they have so many! Out of my price range at the moment, and I’m determined to get through at least most of the courses I already have before getting any more, but I saved the page for future reference. So thank you for the tip, even if it wasn’t intended!

    Looking forward to seeing you progress toward your dreams! As for your website, it may be “so 2011”, but I still love it!

  4. I have no goals, well, except to get Finding the Perfect Mate ready for publication. Especially since it’s already out there on pre-order!! I think the only goal I had last year was getting Biting the Curse out before I left for a convention, and I did manage that. Barely. I think once the edits are done, I will concentrate on writing 600+ words a day. I’ve done it before, I should be able to do it again!

    Spent New Year’s Eve with some friends. Good food. Good company. Saw the ball drop on TV and kissed Hubby (that’s about it for celebrating).

    Looks like you’re settling in at the new house. That helps when you want to get back to normal. Good luck on your writing goals!

  5. Shan, thanks so much! The WMG workshops are pricey, but they’re very good. Save up for a lifetime membership and it’s like getting as many as you want for the price of ten (and no, I’m not an affiliate).

    Thanks, Fallon!

    Stacy, yes, we’re finally getting settled in and it does help. My main goal is also to finish the current WIP, then we’ll see. Good luck with yours, you know I’m looking forward to it!

  6. After dealing with a move and still waiting for those words (“old house sold”), you’ve chosen a clear set of goals to give yourself a nudge forward without inundating yourself, Jennette. And you are kicking butt on them already! Woot!

  7. Happy New Year, Jennette! I don’t like crowds either. We stayed home and babysat two of our grandkids. I’m taking some of Kristen Lamb’s On Demand classes. She offered a great discount over the holidays. So here we go beginning another year! Cheers to 2020!