2015 Goal: Breaking Out of My Circle

Break the CircleIf you know me at all, you know that I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions. If you want to change something about yourself I think you should just do it—waiting for a date on a calendar is just another form of procrastination. Last year in mid-March I decided to lose weight, and six months later I’d lost 20 pounds. (It took a LOT of hard work. I feel one sentence is not enough to summarize.) Losing weight required the same amount of effort and determination (eat less + exercise more) as it would have had I started January 1st, but if I’d waited until everything aligned perfectly I never would have started.

HOWEVER, you’d have to be blind to avoid all the resolution posts, tweets, and articles online, so I have been thinking about GOALS for this year. I’ve been writing seriously for eight years and in that time I’ve written six full-length manuscripts: one memoir and five novels. (That’s right, I finished the first draft of FADED, the third book in the Flicker Effect trilogy!) I feel that I have a good understanding of myself as a writer and as I’ve discussed with several writers this past week, I know I’m in this for the long haul. But I’m still facing a problem many, many writers share:

No one knows I exist.

That’s not to say I don’t have a fan base—I certainly do—but that base is primarily made up of my friends and family, people I interact with on a regular basis. To get to the next level as an author, I need to break out of that circle. There are a number of ways to do that—book reviews, guest blogging, interviews, personal appearances, book signings, etc—but I haven’t made it a priority. Until now.

2015 will be the year I break out of my circle.

My goal involves putting myself in front of a new audience once a month. Or at least trying. I may not be successful every month, but just today I committed to an event in March, so hopefully that will get the ball rolling.

Do you have any goals for 2015? Share in the comments!

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. jen

    I think my big goal for 2015, other than getting home, is to take my photography to the next level…put it out there, open myself up to the feedback & criticism necessary to get better.

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