Now, I know we’re already halfway through 2018 already, so, it’s a little bit late to be setting goals and targets. But, I want to do it anyway.
So here are my literary goals for the rest of this year. I’ve tried to make them measurable, so that I can review them at the end of the year.
Read more Non-Fiction.
I tend to read fiction, specifically fantasy, books over non-fiction; I have been known to drift into autobiographies and medieval history books, but not with any regularity. I intend to try and address this imbalance. Now, I will probably still read more fiction. I prefer it for a reason, but I will actively seek out some more non-fiction books. After all, I don’t think I read a non-fiction book for pleasure in 2017. My aim is 5 books (not a lot I know, but you have to start somewhere).
Get a short story published.
I have recently (within the last few months) started writing short stories and sending them into literary magazines to see if I can get them published. I have been writing fan fiction and posting it in forums for several years now, and I figured the natural progression was t attempt to get a short story published. I’ll keep you updated on this one!
Read from a greater variety of authors.
A fair criticism of my reading habits over the last few years has been to return to authors I know I am comfortable reading. I don’t think this is a good habit; it is time to step outside of my comfort zone more. I feel this will benefit both my reading and writing, as well as give me a broader range of book genres to read through. I have already taken my first step this year in this one; I had never read a Katherine Arden book until The Bear and the Nightingale. That counts right? Or is it cheating since I read that before I wrote this list?