My 2022 Reading and Writing Goals

Reading and writing wise, 2021 was a good year for me. I read a lot, wrote a lot, and got lots of short stories published—so wins all around!

My overarching goal for 2022 is returning.

Not a return to normal, because there is no such thing, but a return to self, joy, and freedom. This means returning to a place of joy in my blog and on instagram, focusing on what makes me happy as opposed to what might get more likes, and also getting to a place of physical health. It also means returning to action—and actually stepping up and doing better. Not just donating funds or forwarding messages, but boosting, participating and joining.

Here’s what I’d like to do in 2022.

Reading

As with 2021 (and 2020), my goal is a lowballed 120. It’s an easy win for me, and there’s a reason I keep it like that.

In 2021, I had a goal of having 70% of my books be diverse, and I didn’t quite get there, but I read a ton of books by people of color, the LGBTQ+ community and neurodivergent folks, so I consider it a win. For 2022, I want to continue to read diversely and read more backlist titles, although I’m not going to set a hard number for myself.

I’m debating on whether or not to maintain my reading spreadsheet, which was a lot but it gave me a really pretty overview?

I think my overall goal for reading this year to is to have fun. Take it easy, no pressure.

Writing

Well, let’s see what happens here, right? Aside from That Slow Awakening, everything is a working title. Depending on what my work schedule looks like, I might have to step back some of these goals, although Book 3 is my priority.

Novels

  • That Slow Awakening. Return updates to my editor and get this sucker published in 2022. There’s a long story here, and I sincerely apologize to anyone who has been kept waiting!
  • Satura Book 3. Outlined, first draft complete, my edits complete by the end of the year.
  • Kaedre. Finish the first draft, at long last

Novellas

  • Lesbian Cinderella. Finish first draft and edit. Same as last year
  • Malfi Sirno. Finish first draft and edit

Short Stories

  • Write nine new short stories
  • Edit
    • Otterkin
    • Skinbound
    • Sourdough
    • Messenger
    • Blood Tests
  • Try to get six short stories published

Stretch

These are all major stretch goals, as what I have outlined above is a lot of writing for me!

  • Princess. Edit draft. Needs more research.
  • Evie Book 2??

Me in 2022:

Yes, I used this for last year but it counts!

What are your 2022 goals?

8 thoughts on “My 2022 Reading and Writing Goals

  1. Congrats on meeting your goals! Focusing on your own happiness is a great one and one that I am going to work at hard this year. I feel like fun and happiness have almost been on pause for 2 years thanks to the pandemic so even if it’s something little, I’m doing it this year.

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  2. Whoa, 120 books. How do you do it, if you don’t mind me asking? I’m only able to meet 10% of your reading goals, lol, and could use a few tips on upping my progress. Anyway, wishing you all the best for your goals!

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    1. Thanks! I’m a fast reader in general, and I’m an introvert who prioritizes reading over social stuff. I’m also very lucky in that right now I’m working from home and able to set my own schedule, which gives me lots of time to read.

      When my schedule was super packed, I liked to squeeze in some time before bed or in the morning to read, and I read during my commutes (audiobooks are fantastic) or while working out or going on walks.

      I use my library’s online audiobook collection, because audible/libro.fm can be expensive as hell and I’m very lucky to have lived in areas with good libraries.

      My biggest recommendation for people starting out wanting to up their reading goal is to read books that make them happy, carve out a little time each day to read (20 minutes to start), and instead of focusing on the number of books being read focus on the enjoyment each book brings.

      If you don’t like it, you don’t have to finish it—reading’s not a competition and no one is keeping track besides you.

      Okay, off my high horse now, lol. Good look—you can do it!

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