Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

2017 Writing Goals

Well, last year, I outlined some goals for my writing in January. This year, I wasn’t quite up to it. At the time, I was struggling to come to terms with the new, lower, level of my Creative Mind’s functionality. I honestly was in no way prepared to establish any even tentative goals for my writing then. My Creative Mind still isn’t functioning even half as well as it was last year, but I’ve finally gotten used to its new lower level of productivity.

Allow me to amend that. I’ve gotten used to its new focus of productivity. While I haven’t been making as much forward progress on actual new words for stories this year, I have been extremely creative. I’ve conceived several new stories and magic systems, and I’ve been doing a lot of editing and prework stuff. Also, I’m doing much better, on a mental and spiritual level with regards to my writing. I think, if I’d had a deep downgrade in new-word productivity before 2016, my spirit would have suffered a great deal more than it is this year. Not that I’m happy with this lower level of new-word productivity, but I’m actually handling it well. This is a very, very good thing.

With my acceptance of this situation, I think I’m now ready to set some goals. They are as follows:

  • Write 300,000 words in 2017. This goal may not be attainable, even if I am able to complete November’s Nano with 50k or more words. LOL
  • Outline every story I work on or begin. This means creating an outline of 15-16 cards ahead of where I’m writing and then outlining one card per scene written. This also means going through stories I haven’t outlined and doing reverse outlines on them (ugh).
  • Make some sort of writing-related post to AEP regularly. To meet this goal, starting June, I’ll post once a week, probably on Tuesday.
  • Share some of my writing on AEP. I’m thinking these posts will fall on Fridays, and I’ll also be posting these stories (and others) on Wattpad.
  • Do prework on DH4—this story is fighting me and has been for a couple of years now.
  • Do prework on TPOV2—this story is just complicated. So far, I’ve had to add about three or four plot cards to the middle of what I have of the outline because I keep on realizing I need to include different things so that later events in the book will make sense and won’t seem to come out of the blue.


  1. Hooray for feeling up to setting goals! Good luck with them!

  2. Ashe Elton Parker

    30 May 2017 at 10:42

    Thanks, Erin!

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