For a long time, I have considered September to be the start of my writing year. I reset my writing goals, set a plan for what I want to achieve each month (this is specifically for my manuscript) and a general list of other things I want to achieve (these are writing related).
The reason September heralds my new writing year is because around mid-August Romance Writers of Australia host their annual conference. Not for just romance writers, the conference is a must do on my writing calendar. It’s like the equivalent of a shot of B12…it injects enthusiasm and drive into what can sometimes be a flagging and negative headspace. Hence the aftermath is the perfect time for goal setting.
Coincidentally, it’s also the start of spring, and as you know, spring is my favourite time of year, so I am always much more enthusiastic about everything in springtime.
My writing goals are very measurable, and I do set a time frame for getting things done, but as I have Barbarians, I’ve learnt to be kind to myself and if things take a little longer to get there, that is okay.
Do you go against the norm of 1st January with your goal setting?