Today I’m guest blogging over at the lovely Sidney Bristol’s place about setting goals that change over time–both our own and our characters.
Tomorrow, I have a real, live book coming out. *cartoon flail* Return to Sender is releasing almost 10 years after I first started writing a romance novel, 7 years after I joined RWA, and is the 6th book I completed.
In the last 18 months, I finished five books. FIVE. I am in a little bit of shock. I know there are plenty of writers out there who do 6+ stories in a year without cracking a sweat, but for me, where the previous six years had yielded three books, the transformation has been amazing.
And it’s all about the goal setting. I do #1k1hr . I do every challenged Shoshanna Evers dreams up. I do the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival. I won’t do NaNoWriMo this year because if I’ve learned one thing in the last 10 years it’s that goals have to be realistic.
So I’m signing up to do the latest ROW80 challenge.
My goals for the next 80 days:
- Finish my WIP. Two cute guys. One reality singing show. Lots of heat. If you enjoyed my hot Olympic swimming story, I think this one will also appeal. I hope.
- Open my WIP everyday and spend at least 15 minutes with it. This is it. That’s the key for me. Not 50k in a month (I’ve done that now, even in non-November months, but it doesn’t happen when I do big resolutions like 2k a day every day. It happens when I endure the 400 word days to earn the 4k days.) This for me is the sort of measurable goal where real progress comes from.
- Do at least one thing related to promo everyday, even if it’s tiny.
- Aim for one round of #1k1hr OR 1k words a day, 4 days of the week. I know I’ll probably easily reach that one, but I need to be realistic and give myself an out for those smaller word count days where opening the file is my big victory.
- Get something out on submission.
What are your goals? If you’re reaching this through the ROW80 linky plug-in, be sure to drop a comment so I can come cheer you on too!