I love to read Romance. I love HOT STEAMY EROTIC Romances. I also love Romance stories, that are all heart and barely any sex.
The point is I love reading about Love.
I am not ashamed of that. BUT I am sick of how people try to make me feel ashamed of it.
I took a Creative Writing course a few years back, and I was told, by a fellow student that writing Romance wasn’t actually really writing… WHAT?! Seriously?!
Not only that, but when I showed the cover to a book I was reading to a work colleague I got THAT look… the ‘she’s gonna be a Cat Lady’ look..
And then finally.. I get an invite to Mills & Boon Launch party at the IVY, and this is the reaction I get..
Right. cue the eye roll..
So because I want to read and write Romance, I am either.. Cat Lady in Waiting, not a very good writer, or I’m a Slut..
Being a Romance Junkie is for life. I love Pink, wine, men, romance, flowers – My Archetype is Barbara Cartland.
I found an awesome reading app called Bookout.
It has some great features that too a book geek like me is just awesome.
- You can set Monthly/Yearly goals.
- Set reminders daily to get some reading in.
- Achievement badges
- you can view stats which include:
- Pages read so far
- time reading so far
- reading speed
- Books read so far
Bookstagram: My new Mantra next year is Be different! I’m starting off in January with a Harley Quinn Theme. I’m also going to try to be really proactive, and plan my Themes for the year. I have done 4 months so far, and I am really looking forward to them.
Writing: I have been really bad at writing lately, and a I need a confidence boost. I have a book of 365 affirmations that I will be using daily to stir creative juices. I have a few ideas and the plan is to really focus on finishing a book.
Read List: My plan is to read 130 books this year. In a few hours Goodreads will upload 2018 reading challenge, which I can’t wait for the blank slate! I’ve created a Goodreads Shelf for 2018.. so check it out! This will help me to keep on track and get some of the older book titles I’ve yet to read checked off my TBR list!!
Book Buying Budget: I buy a lot of books. I need to curb it slightly. So I am giving myself a budget of £100 a month ( seems like a lot, but I spend a lot more!)
A Literary Romance: I am fully committing myself to this blog next year. I am gonna post more reviews and lifestyle tips. My aim, is to post at least 100 posts next year! This will help with my writing confidence, and give me a chance to go psycho for the books I love!!
2018 is a few hours away. I always get super excited this time of year, because I adore the new opportunities. It’s like you can truly start again.
I’m turning 30 next year, so I have a lot of personal goals I wanna get done, but also my literary goals.
Here’s my guide to making literary goals.
- Figure out where you need to make goals: Bookstagram, number of books, Book Buying Budgets & Book Organisation. I’m also going to create goals for Writing. Which Include; Story Outlines, Word Goals, Brainstorm, & Research.
- Under each section begin to describe or bullet point where you want to be in 365 days. be specific. For example. I want to read 130 books in 2018.
- Begin to specify what actions you need to take to complete each goal. For example: to read 130 books, I will need to first Sign up for the challenge on Goodreads. Then, find 100 or so books that I know I cannot wait to read. Then, Create a shelf to house them.
- Find which tools will help. Time, organisation, apps, calendars… you name it you can use it.
- Write it down, plan it out. Start adding the actions to your calendar, or timetable. This way you can make time for your plans, but also have an idea of what you need to do. In some cases this will help with writer’s block and lower stress about the goals.
- Keep a tracker: journal, tick boxes, goal sheets: Make sure you keep an eye on your goals, tick off what you have done and when you have achieved them. This will give you purpose to continue.
- Celebrate the little goals. Buy your self that book you wanted for a while, only after you have done the action. Use it as motivation to keep going… doesn’t have to be one book either.. how about an entire series.
- Know that you can do this: when you find yourself struggling, remember the goals that you have already achieved. The books you already read, and found amazing, or when you surprised yourself with an awesome Novel Idea.
So here some Idea’s for your Goal planning. I hope you have an amazing new year full of loads of books.. Happy New Year!!