Wow! Where did the summer go? I don’t think I’m ready for it to be over. One reason is because I’m not ready for the weather to get cooler and the days to get shorter. Another is because I wanted more time to work away at my Summer Writing Goals.
But the end of Summer is here, whether I’m ready for it or not. So lets see how I did.
Summer Writing Goals:
-Finish my blog calendar for the year and stay on track. (New post every Friday!)
I did this! I’ve got something planned for every Friday from now till the end of 2018. This has been really helpful in staying on track and actually posting consistently. I don’t have to wonder what I’m going to write about or waste time brainstorming when I sit down to write.
The discipline has been good for my writing habit as well. I am apparently someone who works best with deadlines. Otherwise I fall prey to the “I’ll do it tomorrow” syndrome. Having both the blog calendar and the Quarterly Writing Goals has been super helpful in the area of productivity.
-Find and read a new book series, preferably in the genre I write in.
I almost didn’t get to this one! I know one thing I really need to work on as a writer is actually reading more. I plan to write more reviews too, especially for Indie authors. (I’m not published yet, but I’ve been leaning towards Indie publishing myself and it’s something I want to support.)
The book I ended up reading was King’s Warrior by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt, which is the first book in the Minstral’s Song series. If you want to know my thoughts on the book you’ll have to come back next week. First week of the month is review week!
-Read through my entire manuscript and make notes.
I did this too! Woot! I didn’t make a ton of notes, but considering how long it took me to get that first draft out, I needed an overall refresher of what was in this story before I dove into editing. I am happy to say that I didn’t completely hate everything about it, so there is some actual hope for this book.
-Write a short story for Mage’s world.
What do ya know, I DID THIS TOO! YAY! If you don’t remember, I published the short story The Empath on this blog last month. I had a lot of fun writing it. Go check it out if you haven’t already. It’s only just over 3,ooo words, so not too terribly long. I’d love to know what you think of it.
-Get through at least 8 chapters for the first edit of Mage.
I… did not get this one done. I’m kinda bummed about it, but I can’t get too upset with myself because overall I did pretty well with my goals. I did get about 3 chapters edited, so not nothing, but not nearly where I wanted to be.
-Finish character profiles for all major characters.
I more or less did this one. I figured out the Myers-Briggs type for all of my major characters. I also figured out background and quirks and other important traits for my most prominent characters. I could go into more depth with all of my characters, and maybe I will later, it’s just not as important for me right now to know the backstory of a person who’s not as prominent in the plot.
-Participate in a Flash-Fiction contest.
I did this one too! Back in June I participated in a Flash Fiction “contest” which was super fun. I wrote a contemporary piece called Different Storms. I’d love for you to check that one out too and let me know what you think. Flash Fiction pieces are normally 1,000 words or less.
-Create one new Skillshare Class.
I didn’t get to this one either. I really wanted to, especially since I’m seen a little bit of an increase in my student numbers recently. But, alas, I didn’t have enough time.
So looking at everything, it seems as though I got 6 out of 8 goals completed. I told myself I’d be happy if I got 6 out of 8. Yay! I get to give myself a virtual high five!
Now, onward to new goals! With fall comes November, which means NaNoWriMo, so my fall goals are going to revolve around that a little.
Fall Writing Goals:
– Edit 3 more chapters of Mage.
-Read 1 book per month. (3 books.)
-Write reviews for those books
-Complete the outline for Rouge to prep for NaNo.
-Prep Nov. blog posts. (Most writing energy is going to be diverted to that sweet sweet 50k.)
-Make a solid plan of action with husband for NaNo. I’m going to have to coordinate with him so much more this year because we have a baby now. I need to communicate with him and be mindful of his own limits as well.
-Start writing warm ups! Basically, I’m going to start doing some sprints before NaNo starts. That way, my sprinting muscles aren’t all rusty when the real work starts.
-Write 50k new words for Rogue in the month of November for NaNoWriMo!
Again that’s 8 goals. Again I’m going to tell myself to be happy if I get 6 of them. I sadly have never won NaNo and I really really want to. This year is going to be harder than ever because of baby, but – BUT this year I have a more developed writing habit and discipline. So I’m not going to write this year off yet.
Anyone else jazzed for NaNoWriMo and making plans? Share your master plan below!