More goal stuff

Riveting title I know πŸ˜‰ Forgive me!

I am feeling so good now that my goals are up – whats more, I think finally caving into Delaney has done me a world of good. I feel Β more relaxed and at ease than I have in a long time. I think she’s been slowing devouring me without my being aware of it. The ideas are pouring in on me and I’m thoroughly enjoying making notes and fleshing out the world in which these stories will take place.

Which is VERY important.

The last time I had a big exciting novel idea (and I’m not saying Delaney is destined for novel-hood, I honestly don’t know what she’ll end up being in), I didn’t spend enough time building the world and populating it. I got 18,000 words or so into the writing and it flopped on me. Totally fell apart at the seams because I hadn’t built it solidly enough to hold until the end of the first draft.

I will not make the same mistake again.

Even though I am only writing short stories right now I still need something to found them on, and I plan on having that fairly well established by the time I get writing. Oh I can’t wait to start writing!!

On to the next thing: I need to set myself some guidelines for the coming weeks otherwise I will procrastinate and waste the time I have available. I do this regularly anyway, but with so many more blogs to read and people to talk to? Gee, it’s asking for trouble!

So, I’m only going to check blogs once a day. I’m going to have that done by L’s nap time (because I do it 2 mins here, 2 mins there…). I’ll be limiting myself to the occasional twitter update and a few chats while Lauren sleeps. No facebook, no writing long emails. I’m going to write first, and do the other stuff later. I need to try and get my writing out of the way during her nap so that I can hang with hubby at night. And so that I don’t get too stressed, and most importantly so that Delaney isn’t heavily on my mind before I try to sleep because damn that girl is disruptive.

I feel really good about all of this. I am so looking forward to getting these stories out of my head, and to just playing, pure and simple. Writing for myself and for the fun of it.

Also, I actually looked and realized that if I have baby on it’s due date, I’ll manage to complete the second block. Gosh, I knew it was that close, but I wasn’t really processing that information. If baby is early… I’m still not ready to think about it lol. Focusing on the words people, the words and the stories and growth and exploration. And making the most of the time available to me.

Did I mention that I can’t wait to start writing?

In the meantime, I have stories that need polishing and worlds to build.


12 thoughts on “More goal stuff”

  1. I can’t wait to start either! I’m so jazzed for this workshop it’s not even funny. But I loved your goals and I’m delighted to see Delaney has won her way. ^_^

  2. I’m hoping the excitement that seems to be permeating everyone will find its way into me as well. I mean, I’m looking forward to the workshop cause I think it will be good for me, but I’m not psyched about starting it. Maybe it’s because I’m wondering how I’ll juggle the workshop, Water, class, and a job when I get one, haha. Ah well. It will definitely be interesting to see if you’re still so excited a couple of weeks in. πŸ˜‰

    1. A couple weeks in there is every chance that baby obsession will hit me. We will have to wait and see.

      You do have lots on at the moment! I hope you catch some of the buzz though and find some stories to work with that really excite you as well as push you.

  3. Your opening line made me laugh!

    I’m feeling the excitment also. Although I have to admit it was difficult for me to nail myself down to specific goals. Having done that, mission one accomplished. I finally have something to focus my energy toward. Delaney is very persistant. It appears she is ready to be heard!

    1. more than ready! At least now I am also ready to let her in – that helps πŸ˜‰

      Glad you’re feeling excited! I think having the goals out in the open/stated to the world helps shift your thinking a little and helps the energy build up.

  4. Guidelines for procrastination (or NOT procrastinating) will definitely be high on my list of unofficial goals, as well. I think it won’t be so bad with this workshop, cause I”m kinda treating it like a real class, like things HAVE to get done on time or OMG I’m gonna fail! lol it’s about the only way. If I let myself think the deadline is only something I made up, (which of course is what it will be after the workshop) I almost always push it back.

    Good luck! Hope you get lots of Delaney written before the baby obsession sets in!

    Around these parts is Mother’s Day, so Happy Mother’s Day, even if it’s not for you! πŸ˜›

    1. Thanks Aurora! I had an excellent Mother’s Day yesterday πŸ™‚ about a million times better than I thought it would be.

      I think having deadlines imposed by other people are always helpful – or if I am setting myself against someone else I tend to be able to keep on track as well. It’s not competition so much as going, hey well they’re doing this so can I, in fact I bet I could shave a day off that! ahh, the things we do to get ourselves working…

      Hope you find lots of ways not to procrastinate. I’m having a hard time today but then I think I have a good excuse πŸ˜‰

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