Writing Goals for 2019

Every year I write out a list of the stories I’m currently working on, or stories that I’m planning to work on. It’s kind of become my New Year’s tradition to post up what I call my WIP To-Do list.

So here we go!

2019 WIP To-Do List!

Look at all those novels!

Wait, where are the short stories?

So you might notice a change from the lists I made in Jan 2016 and Jan 2017. I don’t have a section for short stories on this list. That’s because I really am just no longer focusing on them as much as I used to. I’m still writing them on occasion and granting access to my Moonlight Wanderers Facebook Group members, or to my mailing list subscribers, but I’ve really pulled back on how many short stories I work on these days. I may submit to a few anthologies on occasion (I have one pending right now actually), but I’m just not going to put a bunch of my time into that.

There are a few reasons for this. First of all, I’m really trying to get my novels off the ground. I want my stories to be front and center more often. Usually in anthologies, my work is appreciated, but doesn’t go far enough out there to get a mention in reviews, which can be tough. In my longer pieces though, readers get more engaged and I get far more comments on my work (both good and bad haha) which I appreciate.

Second of all, I just don’t have the time anymore. I used to browse prompts on Duotrope to see what could spark my interest and get the creativity flowing, but these days I have so many ideas that I’m usually juggling multiple books at once in various stages of publication. Novels and novellas take time to write, to plan, to flesh out. The world-building is far more intense than what is typically seen in a short story, so my energy is stretched pretty thin.

Finally, there’s the payment. It’s a dream goal to one day have a story picked up by a professional short story market, but in my now nine years of writing professionally, it just hasn’t happened. I’m shifting my focus to books because I feel like I can reach an equal level of happiness through that instead of writing a new story regularly to try and grab the interest of flooded professional short story markets.

I see my books as building a structure. I’m not making much right now with it, but eventually I want to. I want my books to be loved, my characters to be cared about, and for readers to fall into my worlds. I just don’t have that kind of flexibility with short stories. So now I’m focusing all my energy on novels.

Are those new books I see?

You’ll see all three books of the Stolen series up there: Stolen (coming out Jan 22!), Broken (my current WIP), and Chosen (my next WIP lol).

One Way Down (book 1 of the Colton Fen series) is probably the oldest manuscript on this list and will soon be getting quite a facelift. Smoke and Witchcraft, the sequel, will also likely be getting a huge edit either this year or next.

The Seeking is finished, I’m just waiting for some time to breathe before I submit it around lol.

Then we start getting down into my planned books, and I don’t think I’ve posted about these before. Please note that these titles are just placeholders. It takes me ages to figure out a good title haha.

Here’s a quick run-down:

  • The Two Sorceresses – A Snow White retelling that I’m keeping pretty close to the chest. Once I’m done with the Stolen series and the Colton Fen series, this is what I’m planning to tackle next.
  • Cruise Ship – A YA Horror on a cruise ship? Oh yes. And it’s the slipstream kind, so you know it’ll be fun.
  • Southern Gothic – An homage to one of my favorite comic books with a nice horror twist. This one will have many types of monsters too.
  • Mercy’s Revenge – The much asked for sequel to The She-Wolf of Kanta! I’ve had so many people want this book that I’ve lost track. I don’t know if I’ll get to this novella this year, but if not it’s definitely planned for next year.

So there you have it – my WIP to-do list for 2019! Yes, there is a lot to do, but I feel really good about this year. I’m also thrilled to share my WIP plans too, though if you follow me on Twitter you kind of got a peek at these back in December.

Happy 2019, everybody! And please let me know if you also do WIP To-Do lists! I find they’re really motivating to do each year and really help me to plan out my beats throughout the year during the writing/editing/publishing process. Cause you know it’s easy to forget about the road when you’re on the path.

6 thoughts on “Writing Goals for 2019

  1. Yes, I do WIP to-do lists. Here ya go:
    Jan 2-13 outline Manor (adult horror).
    Jan 14-March 23 draft Manor
    March 24-31 rest, read a lot. It’s also empty space that I could use in case my drafting hits a speed bump like a family emergency or the flu or something!
    April-May edit my 2018 NaNo book (adult horror).
    June-Sep edit Manor, work on writing technique/voice.
    Oct outline for NaNo.
    Nov NaNo!:-)
    Dec rest, enjoy Xmas, read.:-)

    Question: Is Stolen novel length? Because on Amazon it’s listed as four pages long.

    Best of luck this month in finishing your Broken draft!

    • Oooh I love all the horror you’re working on! 💀❤️

      Yes! Stolen is around 100k in length. We are just finishing up the digital copies to get them up on Amazon. We had a lot of delays, including one of my amazing editors unfortunately being in the hospital. But Stolen is still on schedule! 💕

  2. This is my first time reading about you and I’m also trying to get back into writing. My life long dream is to be a published novelist. Do you have novels already published? If so did you go through, Amazon’s self publishing? Or, a publishing house? Please text me back, because your the first person I’ve bumped into and on a platform that we can communicate. I’d really like to get to know how you write and once completed a story, how you go from there to get published. Also, how you stay motivated and- I have so many questions that I’d be writing for hour’s. I’d like to have a writer friend and mentor, so to speak. I like horror and suspense. Psychological horror suspense, also. I have a blog, website, wadescreations. It’s in the raw and trying to find time to learn more about how to develop a blog and adding my interest. If you can’t get on my blog, I gave wrong way to get on it- see told you I’m a very new blog builder. Or go to, WordPress.wadekitchen.com. That may work. Please text me and , please help me with your knowledge of the writing and publishing process. Look forward to hearing from you. Wade. wadekitchen@ymail.com

  3. Thanks for replying. I know I got carried away with emailing you. Sorry, just got caught up in the moment. You’re right. I have to find my own way to write a novel. It boils down to, sitting down and writing! Simple when I’m not over thinking it. I get so caught up in published writer’s and feel they have some kind of special wisdom or something and I must find that in order to write a novel. Crazy when I actually write it down. Yes, you’ve been a get help. Good luck on your new book and many more to come. Thanks, Wade.

    • I sure do wish we had a special wisdom! I hope you got the email I sent you where I talked in a lot more detail about things. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever want any help, I’m happy to assist whenever I can. 🙂

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