Writerly Resolutions Blog Tag

Happy Friday!

As someone who enjoys setting goals to help me stay on track with my writing, I was very excited to see Raina Nightingale tagged me for this several weeks ago! Though we’re now over halfway through the second month of 2022, I rarely turn down the chance to reevaluate where I’m at in my writing, and try to find better, more realistic strategies for making progress. So here goes!

The spiffy official tag banner!

Here are the rules:

  1. Include the official Writerly Resolutions banner in your post.
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you. If you weren’t tagged, link back to the website you found the tag on. (Again, I was tagged by Raina, who can be found, here. Thanks, Raina!)
  3. Tag at least 5 other bloggers who are also writers. You can tag as many people as you want!
  4. Ask them 5 new questions about their writing goals.

Do you have a new story (or something else) you want to start writing this year?

Yes! I actually have far too many new stories I’d like to write this year, including the third and (probably) final book in my Cabin Girl series. That said, I’d also like the chance to move away from the pirate stories for a little bit. I enjoy them very much, and will probably come back to that genre in the future, but I’d like to give some of my other story ideas a try too. I’m still undecided on which I’ll try first though: a medieval adventure, dystopian, or contemporary/inspirational.

Do you have a story (or some other project) you’ve always wanted to write, but never been able, that you think you might get where you want to be (or closer) this year?

Well, I’m not sure if this counts because I did write 30,000 words of it last January (2021), but I’d like to work more on my dystopian novel. Dystopian is one of my favorite genres, and I really enjoyed working on one last year – until I wrote myself into a corner and realized that I probably should have outlined something. Now I’ve realized that the story idea might actually lend itself better to a series! So while I know I won’t finish it this year, I’d like to figure out a better plan for it.

The biggest thing I’d like to learn and do this year would be publishing my first novel! I got a nice preview into the process with publishing a short story last year, but with a full-length novel there’s so many more moving parts. It’s been a dream of mine for years though, so I’m very excited to reach that milestone! And as I’d like to continue being an indie author for many years, I’m also looking forward to learning as much as I can about it.

Is there a kind of scene you’ve never written before that you want to try?

Hmmm…I’ve honestly written a lot of different kinds of scenes. And I’m not very familiar with official ‘types’ of scenes in writing either. But after looking up some examples, the ones that stick out to me as ones I’ve never tried are all romantic ones – which makes sense, as I’ve never written a romance before. However, I do have a couple of story ideas I’d like to get to, so maybe I’ll be trying those soon . . .

Is there a kind of story you want to try writing?

I already answered this above in terms of genre (medieval adventure, fantasy, dystopian, contemporary, etc.), but for kinds of stories . . . I do want to try some romance, as well as a couple of stories that focus heavily on loyalty, forgiveness, and trust. Those are themes I’ve used in my writing before, but not as the main theme. And of course, at some point, I’d like to try a comedy. Humor is not one of my writing strong points, but I’d like to get better at it!

I’d like to tag the following writers:

1. Vanessa Hall
2. Kristina Hall
3. Jordyn Hadden (Indie Edits by J)
4. Joy C. Woodbury (Discipleship with Joy)
5. Grace A. Johnson
(also…YOU! There’s no way I could tag everyone I wanted to in this post, haha.)

And here are my questions for you:

1. What’s one aspect of writing you’d like to improve in this year?
2. Do you have a new type of writing you’d like to try this year? (screenplay, poetry, short stories, novels, blogging, etc.)
3. What’s your biggest writing goal this year?
4. Is there a writing habit you’d like to develop this year?
5. One year from now, how would you like to be able to describe your writing?

Well, thank you for joining me for this fun and thought-provoking tag! I really enjoyed answering these questions, and I hope you enjoyed reading through them as well.

What are YOUR writer-ly resolutions for this year? Do you have any new things you’d like to try, or goals you want to reach? I’d love to hear about them, so feel free to let me know in the comments below! Or, if you have a blog, please consider yourself tagged!

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12 thoughts on “Writerly Resolutions Blog Tag

  1. Goals are awesome when it comes to writing!! Lol, I get that indecision when it comes to knowing what story to work next on. So exciting that you’re planning on publishing your first full-length novel so soon! That’s definitely a huge milestone. 😀

  2. Thanks for tagging me!
    Like you, I’ve never written a romantic scene. I am so not a romance writer. XD The only time I can think of when I’d be writing any romance is if I decide to retell one of the biblical romance stories sometime. But in general, romance is not my thing and doesn’t make it into any of my stories, haha.

    1. Of course! I’d love to read your answers 🙂
      Non-romance writers unite! XD I completely understand – I don’t have a problem with romance per se, as long as it fits the story and genre, but it hasn’t been common in my writing so far. I don’t even know if I’d be any good at it haha. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, friend!

  3. This was fun to read, and all your answers certainly count! I tried to make things as open-ended and open to interpretation as possible, lol.

    Those are very good themes, though you know as well as I do (having read mine first!) that romance isn’t something I usually write much of either! I also don’t want the comedy genre, though plenty of laughter-inducing scenes can appear throughout even (especially?) my darkest novels. And I wish you the best on your goal of publishing a full-length novel this year! Congratulations! It’s so exciting you never know (and, interesting, it doesn’t seem to get much less exciting even when you’ve done it many times before – at least, that’s my experience).

    1. Thank you so much! They were fun questions to answer 🙂

      And thank you for your congratulations and encouragement! I appreciate hearing that, knowing you’ve gone through the process before. Also, yes, I do know you and I have similar positions on writing romance, haha. 😄 What a good point about using humor in serious stories too – very true!

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