When I think long-term, I’m looking at 1 to 3 years out. Anything under a year is short-term. That means that long-term writing goals for 2020 are things already in process, or will be ongoing beyond the coming year. I have a couple of things that fit the bill.
The first is to break out of my current publishing niche. I want to write things that fall outside its scope both creatively and market-wise. To continue making a living, and expand my earning potential, I’ve got to look beyond that specific pigeonhole. I also have a burning desire to escape the toxicity that infects the community like an aggressive cancer.
The second is to rebuild this blog. There are a number of reasons to do so, and if posts seem a bit scattershot for a while it’s because I’m still narrowing down the problem I’m solving for. I want to build up the community, which is why I’m using these prompts from The Merry Writer as fodder for posts. There’s a desire to better showcase my work, and many writers have successfully used their sites to do that.
I also want to explore other avenues that can help to support my writing. That’s code for “locate other revenue streams”, which is business speak for “find more ways to make money”. That doesn’t necessarily mean monetizing the blog or spamming the site with affiliate links. It could be that the right people see my site and hire me to do freelance work. Readers of the blog might buy my books. Again, I need to narrow down the problem that I’m solving for, but being here in a confused state is still more beneficial than not having an online presence at all.
Long-Term Writing Goals for 2020?
Okay reader, it’s audience participation time. What are your long-term writing goals for the coming year? You don’t have to be a participant in The Merry Writer game to play along here!
The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.