Happy New Year, friends!
As always, it’s been a while since I’ve written up an actual post. What I HAVE been doing is getting acquainted with the other format features on WordPress, such as the Picture, Video, etc. that are not in any way new. The newer blog themes have made these old format features pop and I love being able to just drop a picture, video, or status and go about my day. I want to keep the blog moving even when I’m not able to write full-out posts.
This little blog and I have been through a lot and have seen many ups and downs. Some people are savvy enough to make money through their blogs but that has never been and is not at all my intention in the future. I wouldn’t even know how to go about that.
The whole reason I started blogging many years ago in the first place was for an emotional outlet. I express my emotions and jumbled thoughts better through writing than I can verbally. If this little nugget goes out into cyberspace and is seen by nobody, I’m okay with that. I just need to get some things out. Share a piece of me for perhaps that random someone out there who may stumble upon a post and end up glad they did. Those have been my past experiences with coming across random blog nuggets.
Anyway, enough with the ramblings!
It’s a new year. That magical, proverbial reset button we all equally dread and look forward to. We can wipe the suckage from the previous year away and be the better “me” we seek to be and all that jazz. Yaddi, Yadda. You know.
For me, that means erasing the monumental suckage associated with my writing in 2016…2016, she hisses.
Man, did I suck in the writing department last year. Life alone kind of took a massive, putrid smelling dump on me and my family last year but enough of that! Channeling Rafiki here…
*Sighs* Oh, you little wise make believe monkey, baboon, whatever.
With this new positive outlook, let’s make some writing goals, shall we?!
Now, these are my overall writing goals for the entire year of 2017. I’m still working on putting together my quarterly goals for winter just to help keep me on check. There are A LOT of things that were sitting pretty and waiting for me when the new year rang. It was easy to feel instantly overwhelmed by it. I may or may not have hid away in bed on the 1st, reading books and happily avoiding life while living in fictional worlds and characters.
But, no more slacking. I also like blogging these things because on the off chance someone is actually reading this, I feel accountable. Majority of my work is from home so it’s easy to lose that fire under your butt you need to get things accomplished.
- Writing a chapter a week
When I’m in a good writing zone, busting out a chapter a day isn’t hard at all but if I set up a ‘chapter a day’ goal, I KNOW I’m only setting myself up to feel disappointed later. I’m not being good to myself by doing that. Instead, I’m allowing wiggle room for life’s fun, unexpected moments. *glares at life* “Yeah, I’m looking at you, life!”
- Finish drafting “G”
My main character of my current project–code name “G”–is soooo pissed at me. Okay, she’s fictional so probably not. You know who is pissed at me? My beta readers.
You all still love me, dammit!
Any-who. Long story short, I allowed way too many circumstances and crappy days to determine the timeframe and direction of the things I most want right now. No more. We’re finishing G’s story because I’ve got other characters from new stories screaming at me to write them. Let’s do this thing!
- Start editing G
I also plan this year to not only finish G’s first draft but then begin the long and fun editing process. Like I said folks, we’re gonna get shit down this year.
- Start drafting next project alongside editing G
Last, my writing goal this year is to start drafting a new project while I’m simultaneously editing G.
Okay, let me explain. First, this is for way, way down the road so, potential fall or winter this year. When I finish the first draft, I plan to take a step back from the project for a week in order to breathe and refresh my brain. In that week, I’ll probably start outlining the new project and then I’ll put that aside once I return to G.
So far, the plan is to do an entire reread of the first draft and start planning for necessary revisions while getting feedback from my critique partners.
By the time I’m editing the potenial final draft of G is when I’ll start writing the new project.
It’s totally doable. I’ve heard from many different authors who do this, especially when they’re having “block” days, they take a break and work on the newer project for a bit.
So, there it is. That is the hope and plan in regards to my writing for 2017!
A good friend had to talk me down from the mental ledge I was on one day because I was trying to do everything NOW. And by everything, I mean write the story, launch marketing, build the platform, design and put out branding, “Oh my god, what is my author name officially going to be?”
Calm the hell down, Des!
My friend encouraged me to stop freaking out about steps which I’m nowhere near yet. The most important thing is first, the STORY. How about first finishing the damn story. Horse was being put so far beyond the cart. Yes, plan for the future but live in the now.
I needed to stop overwhelming myself with steps to the process that I’m not ready for. I don’t need to be thinking about those things yet. Planning for them gradually? Yes. Slowly researching and putting the information aside? Yes. Trying to officially have everything in place to launch a full out brand and marketing for a book that’s not finished nor has yet a title?
Plan for the future. Live for the now.
Here’s to a new year, friends! I hope you’re excited. Even if in the back of your mind you’re skeptical, choose to be excited. Change will only happen when we make it happen. Focus only on the things you can control. No point in stressing about the things we can’t.
Whether you’re writing a book or just pursuing a dream–any dream–don’t give up! Set some goals. Make small, everyday decisions towards what you want.
Till next time!