Well, here we are, once again. Another month has come and gone, and we are a quarter of the way through 2018. Which means I don’t have to just address my failure to complete my monthly goals but also my failure to complete my quarterly goals.

But don’t think I’m down in the dumps just yet…

My goals for March were:

  1. Write first draft of novel
  2. Write 11 posts for A Writer’s Life For Me
  3. Fix Writer’s Life layout
  4. Find Writer’s Life affiliates
  5. Write 2 guest posts for sites that pay

My goals for this first quarter of the year were:

  1. Finish the first draft of my novel
  2. Submit a short story or essay for publication
  3. Monetize Writer’s Life

Let’s start with the monthly goals. I almost have to laugh at the ambition of the first three goals, or at least the lack of ambition that left them undone. As always, I lost focus with the book I was writing, and it remains in my drafts folder with a measly 10K to its name. I wrote seven Writer’s Life posts, which is better than none and better than just half of the planned posts, but I took a hiatus the week I went on vacation, and that messed me up until last Friday. And Writer’s Life’s layout? If you’ve looked, I haven’t changed a damn thing.

But those last two goals are interesting, because I did not completely fail to accomplish them. Friday, I signed up for the Amazon Associates program, and if you read my March Reads post you probably noticed the links for the books I read. Anyone who purchases a product linked off in my blog (or social media, or anywhere else I put them) helps me make a small commision off of the sale (note: this isn’t something I’m going to abuse; I plan to only link off to products I love and enjoy, like the books I read each month).  

As for the two guest posts for money, I have a surprise (well, not like a cool surprise, like a cake or something, but a more-writing-from-yours-truly kind of surprise). I’ve started contributing to Blasting News, an independent news company that reports on topics from politics to the latest TV shows. I’ve written two posts so far on the TV show “The Walking Dead,” and I love it. Aside from making a bit of pocket change, I get to see my work on a platform that hosts tons of talented writers, and welcomes millions of readers each month. If you want to get your work out into the world, I’d really recommend writing for this site (you can send me your email address on Twitter, and from there I can invite you, to simplify the search).

To address the quarter goals, it’s safe to assume I did not complete the first two. Honestly, I changed my novel idea and short story focus so many times since January they seem obsolete. But I am monetizing. In small ways, but in ways that remind me I’m here to make a living as a writer. It’s something I’ve wanted since I started this blog, and something I’ve wanted since I decided I wanted to live a writing life.

This next month – and next quarter – I’m going to focus on writing for Writer’s Life and Blasting News. I aim to write two blog posts a week – because three wasn’t working out – and at least one Blasting News article each week. I also dug up my senior thesis a couple days ago, a novella I wrote with an advisor. This second quarter was meant to be spent on a second draft, so that’s what I’m going to do. And God help me if I change my mind again…

So, that’s what I’ve been up to the last thirty or so days. What goals did you accomplish in March? What are your next steps?

 


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