This month we asked nonfiction authors to answer this question: What goals are you setting for yourself for the coming year?What goals are you setting for yourself for the coming year?

Simon Banks

My big goal is to continue to create and stay in my creative flow. What do I mean by this? There seems to have never been more noise and distractions than there is at this current moment and it’s ever so easy to become sidetracked. If I spend a large chunk of my day creating and giving in to that moment, my soul is good, my mind is clear and the business hums along beautifully like a well-oiled machine.

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Dr. Jo Lukins

I am excited about the opportunities for the next 12 months in my writing journey. With the publication of my first book, The Elite in June 2019, I look forward to the release of my second book, In the Grandstand this October. It will be an opportunity for me to learn more about the writing process, and develop my skills further. This has also been the year when I have begun the journey to convert my book to online modules to provide my readership with further opportunities to process it’s content and messaging.

Dr Jo Lukins is a psychological Indiana Jones who spends her day inside the heads of individuals, teams and organisations – seeking to understand what makes them tick and reach their potential.

Alexander Porter

My goal by the end of 2020 is to partner with an illustrator for my latest creative pursuit. As a cancer survivor (I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia) I feel there’s a lack of resources for young adults going through the cancer experience.

My goal is to write a graphic novel that shows young adults, particularly men, what to expect to help remove some of the mystery and fear around a cancer diagnosis.

I’m hoping to find the right illustrator to bring the visuals to life so that the journey jumps off the page, and shows people exactly what lies ahead – the right illustrator will help create a sense of calmness, so my goal is to take my time and really dive deep into the process to make sure I find the right one.


Alexander Porter is Head of Copy at Search It Local and has roughly 700 short stories started…0 short stories completed.

Elle Meager

My goal is to write one fictional story every week. For the past 10 years, I’ve only written non-fiction and it has depleted my imagination. The aim of a fictional story each week is to let my mind run free and wild. I hope to spark some new life into my non-fiction work with this method.

Elle is a qualified editor, master gardener, and avid promoter of sustainable backyards. She shares her knowledge in her blog, Outdoor Happens. (

Kelly Nash

At the beginning of 2020, I wrote on a piece of paper “2020 Goal: Complete my first book without fear or self-doubt getting in the way.” I have that note above my desk where I can see it every day as a reminder for me to prioritize my book so I can ultimately share my story and help young women through my writing.

Kelly Nash is a Success Manager at Salesforce and is also a writer, events host, speaker, and founder of Lipstick & Ink® (, a career and wellness blog and events business.

Joanna Walden

Having just launched my debut memoir The Inside Hustle: A Mystical Misfit’s Travel Adventure Into The Unknown during Covid, for the next year my focus is not only to gain more distribution and drive sales, but to launch business-related products off the back of the book. I will continue building my profile, not only as an author but as a consciousness leader and paradigm shifter for this current time of great change and uncertainty on the planet. Oh, and hopefully bang out the prequel or sequel too, for my readers who are already begging for more!

Joanna Walden is a consciousness consultant, visionary and author from New Zealand who left her global corporate advertising career to begin sharing her knowledge and voice with the world.

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