A year ago, I posted about my writing and my goals for 2015. I just read back through that post and realised I've achieved most of what I set out to do back then.
There were a few places were I fell short-- I planned to write and publish six novels but ended up only with five and I'd planned to finish my historical fiction which is still on the back burner, but overall, I did what I set out to do.
A year ago, the idea of continuing to write and to travel around the world doing it was just a dream, an idea that had crept into my head as a possibility.
A year on and I've spent six months travelling. I don't know when I'll stop except for a visit home.
So, how do I do it? I will go into the nitty gritty on how to earn money writing fiction in later posts but the main thing for me this year has been sticking to it. I've had times when I've not been able to write, when it all just seemed to hard, but I've got back to it.
It's like toilet training a puppy. You have to lead yourself back to the newspaper, maybe give yourself a smack on the nose now and then but the absolutely most important thing is get back to work.
It takes me about 3 or 4 days for work after a break to get back into it so the best option is, of course, not to take a break in the first place. The second best option is do some work. It might not be my best work or my highest word counts, but I have to sit down and do it.
Not such a quick and dirty guide after all. It's all about hard work and perseverance. Sure the travelling is fun but there are times, and I mean days at a stretch, where I'm holed up at home or a cafe doing nothing but working.
So, what are my plans for 2016?
- I feel kind of embarrassed saying this but my goal is to earn a consistent 5 figures a month from my writing. To do that, I need to write a release at least one book a month (I am working on a serial so that won't be 12 full length novels), study the market for my work and work on promotion. To me, it's a matter of when, not if, I'll reach this level.
- I have my travel plans sorted until July. I'd like to stick to the Asia area this year and avoid long flights.
- I'd also like to diversify my income. Writing is volatile so I've been investigating side incomes. I'd prefer something that doesn't involve writing since I do enough of that. I had investigated ways to monetise my blog but I don't like the idea of being less than honest and transparent. I don't want to write generic travel articles just to get more readers and I don't want to say nice things about product I don't believe in. If I do anything like that, it will be for products I support 100%.
So, what dreams did you make come true in 2015?