I’ve been trying to get myself back on track by returning to my old staple: Goals. One week in, and I managed to tick everything off the list – I added 4,000 words to MN bringing the current word count to just over 15,000 (and meaning I only have another 5,000 or so to go!), I wrote a focusing blurb thing for Delaney’s novel and I have settled on a working title “Saving Tomorrow”.

It feels good to have set goals, and met them. I wasn’t hopeful at various points in the week but it all seemed to fall into place. With the help of a mammoth writing day on Friday (3,000 words!), I made it.

It’s a timely reminder that I flounder when I have nothing to focus on. When all my wants are just floating around with no clear ideas on when and how I want to achieve those wants, nothing happens. Well, that’s not entirely true – stuff happens, but haphazardly. I much prefer to be making regular, predictable, weekly progress.

With Christmas approaching, and a little time away, I’m not setting anything in stone for the next few weeks though. January is the time to kick things off again for real. That said, I WILL finish this round of writing on Mocha Nihilism before the year is out, and I plan on polishing up some short stories over the Christmas break ready to send out in the new year.

I’m thinking ahead to 2011, and I’m excited. 2010 was devoured by pregnancy, new baby, adjusting our family for the changes and just plain survival. While I still managed to get a few things done, 2011 is going to be amazing. I can just feel it.

Are you working on anything in these last weeks of 2010? Or taking a well deserved break and waiting for the new year to hit?

Speaking of the new year, kiwiwriters.org always hold a New Year Novella challenge in January. I’ve signed up with Saving Tomorrow – while it will be novel length, I think 20,000 in January is a great start to the process!


6 thoughts on “Goals”

  1. There’s a goal-oriented planning system (which I can’t remember the name of, though that doesn’t diminish its’ importance in any way) which states that making small goals along the way to larger goals is the best way to actually move forward. You shouldn’t plan to hit completion on something, only to get so much done by specific time periods, thus achieving large goals with (relative) ease. It seems to work for me. The seemingly-endless To Do list means I haven’t had a chance to step back, so I plan on getting at least some perspective over the next few months.

    Having had a year from hell, I am looking forward to a more relaxing and productive year uninterrupted by the incessant demands of real life. The plan for 2011 is to get picked up by an agent, though I also want to start moving forward with a few smaller (though important) projects where the collation and sharing of information can be done easier and better than anywhere else on the internet. I’ve been using “The Wikipedia-Killer” as a loose over-arching title for the idea, but beyond that I have nothing… It will, of course, be dedicated to the literary angle, so it will be much more precise than anything on that site.

    I look forward to seeing how you do with the novel.

    1. Thanks! I look forward to seeing how you do with your goals too 🙂

      I’m totally down with the smaller goals rather than just saying ‘I want this done by this date’. With minimal time for anything really, it’s the ONLY way I get things done! lol unless the tasks are bite sized, they end up seeming too hard and I just procrastinate 😉 If you remember what it’s called, let me know!

  2. Wow! I’ve never written 3,000 words in one day. Congrats on your progress.

    I have high hopes for 2011 too. Good luck to both of us.

    I didn’t expect to do any work until after Christmas, but in the last two days, I’ve polished up two stories and submitted one. I hadn’t planned to do this until January, but … it just happened. 🙂

    1. Wow, that’s awesome! I think sometimes when you take the pressure off, the desire to do stuff can come sneaking in, even when you don’t think it will 😉

    1. I am finding more time at the moment. Normally I write while Natalie sleeps. I can usually nab ten minutes time in her first nap, then spend the rest of it playing with the girls. Then when Lauren has her nap, Natalie is normally asleep on me, and Ivy is happy to do her own thing – so thats my big writing time of the day. Am excited about getting the little girls sleeping in their own room (and bed!) in the near future tho, as that will free up some time at night! Bliss.

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