Today is all about goals, goals, goals. What I want/need to accomplish vs. What is reasonable.
Goals for Writing
My initial goal of 750 words per day on the Main Work in Progress is a little excessive for me. While I would love to have a 75,000 novel written in 100 days, I also have a life, a bunch of kids and very little down time. (If you read this previous post and have an idea on squeezing in time for writing please let me know!)
So I am revising this initial goal to 750 words a day four or more days a week.
This is much more reasonable. Since this is my first round of 80 days, taking the time to find what works for me will help me in other rounds. If I know what that writing sweet spot is for me, it will make it easier, I think, to make my goals in the future.
Another goal I still have to figure out is whether or not to commit myself to one single work in progress during the 80 days or allow my new word count goal to count towards anything I am able to write. I very, very frequently get sidetracked by the Shiny New Idea and find myself abandoning my current WIP (which was it’s own SNI just a little bit ago) to work exclusively on that until another SNI comes along. I have a feeling that writers with finished works have a way to deal with this. I’d be more than happy to listen to the solution. Just sayin’.
I’m also wondering if some of my SNI’s wouldn’t work better as short stories or novellas. Thus rendering the time spent on them much shorter than instantly committing each SNI to full novel length.
The last writing goal I have is for the blog. Granted, my latest illness had made it difficult to remain vertical (I am actually much better now, nearly completely mended, thank you all for the well wishes!) or to concentrate. I’d like to set some reasonable restrictions on the content based on day.
Sunday Update – ROW80 updates and other information on my current work(s?) in progress
Monday– Randomness. Whatever I feel like if I feel like it.
Wednesday Writing Tools and Update – Information on any writing tools I have been using; software, books, websites, etc. plus my ROW80 update.
Friday Reader – This is the day that I’ll give a brief update on the books I’ve read that week plus any reviews from fellow ROW80 writers. (BTW, I haven’t gotten any links to currently published ROW80 author’s works. Don’t be shy. I’ll reiterate, I don’t mind paying, I don’t expect you to give it out for free, unless, you know, it is available for free.)
I might throw in random blog posts other days but I’d like to focus on four posts a week. Which also leaves me 2 weekdays and a weekend day without needing to be tied to the blog.
Onto other goals.
I would like to make the commitment of commenting on 5 or more ROW80 blog post updates each Sunday and Wednesday. I’ve been trying to be active on Twitter but seriously, that site is almost as bad as Facebook in the Time Waste Department. Though I have been much better about not hanging out there as of late. The entire point of joining in was to become part of a network of writers and support and encourage each other. I’ve been pretty good about following through but I never remember how many I’ve done. I know there are a lot of us out there and honestly, I usually use the Twitter ROW80 blog post updates to click through so I’m not even sure who’s on the roll call. I should probably rectify that.
Yet another area where lack of motivation leaves me with those same things I’ve always gotten, but this time instead of a pile of manuscripts lacking completion, I have an excess body. I’ve noticed a few other ROW80’ers have some fitness goals, I’d love to hear about them. I’m looking into getting PX90 and subjecting myself to it a minimum of three days a week. It’s a little spendy though so thoughts on that are appreciated.
I need something I can do in the house, that doesn’t require a ton of equiptment or extensive room. I live on a dirt road so biking is out. I have five fairly little kids so running away for a couple miles and returning won’t work. I have no access to a pool or workout place. Ideas?
Well, that’s it for this Sunday’s updates. I have written only about 300 words on one of my stories since I last posted. It’s not much but it’s better than nothing! Hoping these new goals will help me succeed a little more this coming week.