Five Goals for Writers to Start 2013 off Right

Last January I set goals in different areas of my life. The goals I set for myself professionally were met and exceeded beyond what I could have dreamed. As we turn another page on our calendars, it’s time for more dreams and goals. Here are five goals you can set for yourself right now to get ready for what 2013 will bring!

5 goals for writers in 2013

  1. Clean your desk (or office/work space). This is what my desk looks like after the chaos of Christmas and lots of family and friends visiting. (Don’t ask why there are Easter eggs out. I have no idea.) My first goal is to get my space back and evaluate if it’s working for me. One thing I know that isn’t working is the very uncomfortable desk chair. Getting a new one is at the top of my to-do list.
  2. Order business cards. If you don’t already have some, start 2013 off feeling like a professional. Business cards are the quickest and easiest way to tell someone about yourself and what you do.
  3. Update your about page and social media profiles. Make sure the information is accurate and reflects who you are and what you do. If you need a new head shot, make it happen.
  4. Decide what conferences you want to attend and set goals to get there. You may need to save money, prepare a book proposal, or recruit extra help at home while you are away. If you can only attend one this year, you need to evaluate your options, think about your goals, and decide which one is best for you.
  5. Set writing and publishing goals. Want to increase website views? Connect with more Facebook fans? Self-publish an e-book (or two)? Network with new writers in your niche? It doesn’t happen by accident. Being a writer takes work. And even though it’s easier than ever to see your dream of a book come true, it’s also up to you to do more of the work if you go the self-publishing route. (If you are interested in self-publishing, Erin and Teri Lynne lay out everything you need to do to get from idea to product in their book, Self-PublishI highly recommend it.)

Think about what goals you have and make a plan to reach those goals. 2013 could be your most fruitful year as a writer!


  1. Alyssa says:

    How sad is it that I have an ebook on my computer ready to be finished up and I have yet to publish it. It’s been a GOAL of mine for years! I have GOT to make it happen in 2013.

  2. Erin says:

    Yes, #1!! If I could just do that one on a regular basis I would feel victorious! 🙂

  3. This is totally on my list for Monday … not happening this week but next week, yes!!!

  4. Number One made me burst out laughing. Yep. that’s putting first things first!