Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Jan 042023

All right. Last year’s writing goals… didn’t pan out.

In fact, I’m not sure I accomplished a single thing that was on that list, aside from writing a new novel draft in November for NaNoWriMo.

Part of it is because of the same thing that got in the way of my writing goals the previous year: On An Island of Oaks, my Oak Island horror novel that must share the same curse as the island itself, because no matter how many times I rewrite it, it never seems to get any better.

So even though I thought I would be able to proofread the latest draft and then send it to a beta reader, I realized the current attempt was as soulless as the one before it and started over.

I can’t blame it all on that novel, though. I was also just distracted by other things and devoted less time to my fiction writing than I wanted to. My 2023 writing goals, therefore, are more focused.

By 2024, I will:

  • Send out regular batches of queries for my novels in the querying stage.
  • Rewrite On An Island of Oaks again.
  • Revise any of my other novel drafts.
  • Return to On An Island of Oaks and either revise it until it can be sent to a beta reader, or set it aside for the foreseeable future.
  • Write at least 5 new short stories, any genre.
  • Regularly update side websites and increase traffic to 500+ visits per month.

And as usual, I’ll write a new novel draft for NaNoWriMo in November. It’s funny that the one part that’s a specific challenge is the part I actually got done.

Let’s hope the rest of the list goes better this year. Do you have any writing goals in mind for 2023?

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  3 Responses to “2023 Writing Goals and the Cursed Oak Island Novel”

  1. I completed NaNoWriMo once again, but once again do not have a completed plot…

    My hopes/goals are to finish that plot, to edit at least 1 story into second draft form, to edit my zombie story into 3rd draft form, and to once again do NaNoWriMo in November.
    A tall order, a lot of focus… and already off to a slow start. Hopefully I can get myself going on it!

  2. […] year at this time, I was lamenting how my numerous Oak Island horror novel rewrites, as well as other distractions, prevented me from […]

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