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!