Reflections of an Unknown Writer – New Year Goals!

New year reflections

Once more, it’s the New Year, it’s the 1st of January, and as always it feels like a new slate. A fresh chance to start new with new and better intentions.

I like the new year much better than Christmas, I like the chance it gives me to make a better life (and I know you can start at any time but I tend to need a good reason and strong motivation!)


I’ve spent some time in the last few days in the lead up the new year reflecting on 2018, on what I’ve spent my time on, what I’ve accomplished and what I haven’t. It’s felt like a really long year, thinking back to what I was doing last January/February, it’s hard to believe it all happened in 2018. Yet, despite all of that time I must have had, I’ve not accomplished many things that are truly important to me.

In September I tried to revitalise my website/blog, I tried to develop a daily posting habit, and that’s something I still want to try, but I found that I simply couldn’t find the time while I was studying. The same goes for my fiction writing, I felt that I couldn’t find the time.

Yet, and here’s the kicker, when I look at my average YouTube watching time, my screen time on Instagram and other social media, I find a different story. My time has been going on consuming media, and while that’s not entirely a bad thing, it means that I’m not spending my time creating. And creating is what gives me fulfilment, it’s what gives me hope for the future.

So, looking at my time spent, my time available, and what I want to achieve, I have to manage my time a lot more effectively.


With that in mind, my goals for 2019 are:

  • Post on this website at least twice a week – set aside specific time for writing posts and scheduling in advance
  • Finish the fourth draft of Elondria
  • Start researching agents and how to write a query
  • Read at least 52 books
  • Cut my time on social media (mostly YouTube) down to an hour a day, at most

Time will tell if I can reach them!

Happy new year!


7 thoughts on “Reflections of an Unknown Writer – New Year Goals!

  1. I am always surprised by how much time I waste on social media! One of my goals this year is to have at least one day a week where I never turn the tv on. I have it on a lot of the time just for background noise since I live alone, but I still get super distracted by it and don’t do anything productive.

    Good luck on your goals for this year! Happy 2019!

    1. Sorry its taken me so long to reply to your comment. Things have just not been helpful. 🙁 I think that’s a good goal. I turned more to the radio and podcasts for background noise, I live alone too so understand what you mean. I find that they’re less distracting.

      Happy NEw year to you too! Though I know it’s a bit late. 😳

  2. These are good goals, VP! Which books do you have on your radar for 2019?

    It’s funny that you talked about how much time you spend on social media. I’m only on Instagram, Twitter, etc. for a few minutes at a time, but the frequency of my visits has been… pretty high recently. And now I feel like I need to take a few days off from it all completely. XD

    1. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to replying to these comments! Technical issues and life have all conspired to get in my way. Sigh. But thank you for commenting 🙂

      The book I’m most looking forward to is Dark Age by Pierce Brown in July. Also working my way through the rest of VE Schwab’s books. ❤️

      Social media definitely has its ups and downs. :/

      1. No worries! I haven’t been on top of blog comments lately myself, so I know the feeling. 😉

        Oh dear. I still have Pierce Brown’s first book in my TBR pile… somewhere. XD Where are you in your V.E. Schwab reading?

        1. There’s always something good buried in the TBR :/ I have read all of the Shades of Magic trilogy and absolutely loved them! 😀 I am currently trying to decide which one to pick up next, when i have an open spot in the reading list anyway.

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