Although I’m a little late- January’s almost over- I figured I would make a list of some of the goals I hope to accomplish this year. I won’t call them “resolutions,” because something about that word makes it a little intimidating, so for now I’ll just call them “goals”.
1. Write Novel #2
This is a huge goal for me, in terms of both size and importance. I’ve been developing a new story idea slowly, for the last six months, and I’m itching to get it down on paper and into a full-blown novel. This will also be a big step in improving my writing skills and getting a little closer to my dream of one day being published.
To make it seem a little more manageable, I’ve broken it down into some smaller steps:
- Make lots of notes
- Create an outline and character bible
- Start writing!
- Keep going!
Of course, even that looks much simpler than the actual process. But the main idea for me is to just keep moving, even if it’s slowly.
One challenge is going to be balancing schoolwork, extracurriculars, and everything else with writing. I’m going to try to put aside time every day for a little bit of work and see where it goes from there.
2. Improve Art Skills
This goal is a bit vague, which makes it a little difficult to know if I’m moving towards it, so these are a few mini-goals to help me stay on track:
- Sketch often (every day or so)
- Experiment with new mediums and styles (watercolor, digital, etc.)
- Develop a unique drawing style
Overall, I’m going to try to practice very often since that’s the only way I know to improve. I’d also like to produce some standalone works.
3. Blog More
Pretty self-explanatory XD
4. Learn Norwegian
This is a goal I’ve been working on for a number of months already, but I’d like to keep developing the skills. I started learning in the first place because I am half-Norwegian and visit the country every other year or so. I have a lot of family there that I’d like to be able to speak with, so the skill would come in handy. I also just think it’s fun to learn a new language anyway.
Hvis du kan snakke norsk, kanskje vi kan snakke litt sammen! 😀
If you want to learn a new language, I’d highly recommend Duolingo! It’s free and very fun and easy to use. I’m using it every day to learn Norwegian.
5. Learn Guitar
I’d like to learn how to play guitar and am planning on taking some lessons.
There’s a few more smaller goals and more projects will probably pop up in the future, but for now these are the major ones I’m focusing on. I’m going to try to stay sane in the meantime 🙂