Setting Writing Goals For 2020

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I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season since it's about to wrap up for 2019. I had a fantastic Halloween and Thanksgiving. Christmas and New Year's are the only holidays left to celebrate. With 2020 looming, I've decided to make some writing goals for the year. Here is my list:

1. Finish "Hell Time", my YA sort of horror novel.
2. Find a home for my paranormal werewolf romance novel "Full Moon Fever". That one has been sitting forgotten at a publisher for months so I'm taking it back and sending it elsewhere. I could always self-publish it.
3. Self-publish my erotic fairy tales collection, "Happily Ever After".
4. Aim for 6 published short stories in 2020.
5. Try to get published in one of those Best Erotic Short Stories of the Year anthologies.
6. Make sure I attend my writers group every week.
7. Have fun while doing all this. It doesn't have to be dreary despite all the rejections.

I didn't want to make it too long because if I had done that I'd be so overwhelmed I'd not meet a single one. I'm going to take it easy on myself in 2019, too. I was far too hard on myself in both 2018 and 2017. I didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped. I need to reset my gears. Update my personal preferences and settings, so to speak. "Hell Time" is about ¾ finished so I can finish the book by next December. The short stories are harder. I can belt them out but I can't hold a gun to an editor's head and say, "Accept my story or else." I'll write them and then send them out in the wild to see what happens.

If you've noticed, I've not included any public appearances on my list. I'm going to either cut back on them or eliminate them altogether. I'll attend more events when I publish more work. Right now everything is rather old. I need new material. The fairy tale book will come out around Valentine's Day so there's that. One big new thing – a new collection!

I hope my readers are enjoying the holiday season. I also wish the writers reading my post a success-filled 2020. Now let's get this show on the road.


Elizabeth Black writes in a wide variety of genres including erotica, erotic romance, horror, and dark fiction. She lives on the Massachusetts coast with her husband, son, and her two cats.

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