1. Assess the last six months - Writing down your goals every week can help you to create a unique record of everything you write. Can you recall what you've done so far? Make a list, it may be much more than you think.
2. Celebrate Achievements - I'm not good at blowing my own trumpet, or celebrating my achievements, its something I don't think about very much. It's time to re-think my attitude. Celebrating success boosts confidence, and spurs you forward to do more, who knows it could even lead onto more writing opportunities. So be proud of yourself, and enjoy the fact you are making progress.
3. Identify Strengths - I've realised it makes more sense to write about things I know about, or things I'm really passionate about right now. Doesn't matter if you write fiction, or non-fiction, make a list of potential things. Include anything linked with your occupation, hobbies or interests. If short stories are your thing, incorporate your interests - make your character an engineer, a baker, a florist or a librarian, or set your story in a place you know well. Somewhere you visit often, or your home town. If non fiction is more your thing, find magazines to pitch to in areas you are interested.
4. Identify Weakness - The whole idea of a review is to identify what we could do better, so identifying writing weaknesses is essential. I know mine, I struggle with time. Therefore, I need a different plan, and a more productive way of working. I need to identify more daily slots for writing, and I may have to set a word limit to keep me on the straight and narrow too.
5. Set Yourself a New Goal - I'm suggesting you set yourself an achievable goal that you can reach before the end of 2012. Perhaps publication if you are new to writing? Or finishing a novel draft? Or you could write three new short stories, or self publish a novella? Whatever you can do that is achievable and of value to you.
Challenge Yourself - This is so important - its invigorating to keep taking your writing in a new direction. I have learnt this through doing NaNoWriMo, and other challenges. Doing something outside your comfort zone is good for the soul. The sense of fulfilment when you complete a tough project is amazing.
Make plans today, and you never know what you'll be celebrating at the end of 2012?