How to Conduct a Year-End Review for Your Writing: 25+ Questions to Consider

“As the year comes to a close, it’s time to grab some eggnog, reflect on the year past (and the year to come) and complete a crucial piece of self-assessment.

It’s time for your annual review.

When you work for a company, you typically have an annual review that reflects on your year’s work, accomplishments, areas for improvement, career trajectory and goals for the next year. These reviews are often tied into compensation and raises.

A freelance writer’s annual review is no different.

Except this time, it’s not a boss peering across a boardroom table at you. It’s just you sitting somewhere comfortable and thinking about your writing and all the exciting things to come.

There’s nothing intimidating about conducting your own annual review. It’s a gateway to growing as a writer and setting your own trajectory. It’s a useful exercise for everyone from novelists to part-time freelancers to those who write for a living full-time. …

What should I evaluate?

A few categories to consider evaluating are:


  • Did you make as much money as you had hoped to this year?
  • How much did you make over the course of the year?
  • How much did you bring in each month? What were your busy seasons and your slow seasons?
  • What is your target income for next year?
  • How would you like to meet that target? Evaluate your current clients and see if it makes sense to raise your rates.

Work/life balance

  • Did you find time to balance your work commitments and personal life?
  • Did you have enough time to devote to your mental and physical health, relationships, hobbies, pets, etc.?
  • What would you like to do to improve your work/life balance in coming year?
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