Seems right that I’m setting my writing goals today for 2016 and it’s also the first day of the Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey.
I’m thrilled to be launching my writing career this year because this Fire Monkey Year is supposed to be a great year for taking risks. Like the playful and energetic nature of our furry friends, this year has the potential to be filled with lots of activity, movement, big strides, being inventive, and making things happen. It is also a year that will reward individual effort. Hooyeah!
With that, here are my writing goals for 2016.
- Write (outline, plan, revise, edit) for 2-3 hours a day, five days a week.
- Write one blog post per week, 48 weeks of the year.
- Write and publish my adult suspense novel, SEVEN DUDES DOC AND THE SEVEN.
- Write and publish my prelaw book, THE PRELAW GURU GUIDE TO APPLYING TO LAW SCHOOL.
- Write and publish my personal finance book for college students.
I think I’m definitely going to need the energy of the monkey to help me reach all these goals, but I’m not one to shy away from big goals. I’d rather aim for the moon and miss it by a few hundred miles, than just reach for a tree limb and get it. After all, one of my favorite quotes is this one by Picasso.
I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them. — Pablo Picasso
And with that, I leave you with this greeting that my family members give each other on the Chinese New Year.
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you prosperity and good fortune in the new year!
Peg Cheng is the author of The Contenders, a middle-grade novel centered on the question, can enemies become friends? She is also the founder of Prelaw Guru, a law school application consulting company, and the author of The No B.S. Guides for prelaw students.
Photo by Epic Fireworks.