Given my lackluster success at last month's goals list, I'm going to be a bit more broad this month. Since there aren't any major holidays this month, I should have three solid weekends for writing. The last weekend is my cousin's wedding, so I'll be traveling for that, but that's the end of the month and I'm really hoping to have all my goals completed by then. Here's the plan:
Passover kicked my butt more than I thought it would. During the week itself I was too busy to get any writing done and the week after I was so exhausted I needed every moment to recover. Then I had to drive home again, which killed any weekend writing time for this last week in April. Basically, I was successful at my goals for the first half of the month, but the latter two weeks were a wash. Here's how I did:
It's been about a year now since I put together a proper goals list that I knew I could keep to. My life has started to gain stability and my writing time has settled down to a proper schedule, so I would like to try setting these goals again.
Some considerations for April that I will have to keep in mind are 1) Passover, which will take away a few days from my writing time, and 2) Editing, since I'm expecting the copy edits for Dragon Adventure, the second round of edits for Justified, the first round of edits for Dragon Home, and all the edits for The Dragon's Hoard series and Short Stories.
With all that in mind, here are my goals for April:
If I can confine my writing to just those stories, I could very well be able to complete one of them and make a lot of progress on the rest.
Since 2016 was a year for change, I'm really hoping 2017 will be a year of stability. I want to get a firm routine in place for my day-to-day life that includes regular writing time. There is a lot I'm hoping to accomplish in terms of my stories in 2017, but I'll only be able to do that if all the craziness from the past year starts to settle down. Here's what I'm planning to do in 2017:
Stories I Want to Complete:
Stories I Want to Make A Lot of Progress On:
2016 was a crazy year for me. I got a lot of writing accomplished and a large number of books published, but I also got a full time job and moved to a new city. My entire life has completely changed as a result and figuring out how my writing fits in has been a struggle. I've slowly been able to find a new work/life balance and I think 2016 ended as strongly as it began.
Books Ready for Release:
So that has been my 2016. I sincerely hope yours was as full of accomplishments as mine and that 2017 will be an even better year for everyone. Happy New Year!
My life got crazy what with my new job and moving to a new city. I couldn't keep up with the writing schedule I had been following previously, and setting writing goals each month was just adding onto my stress levels. Now I feel like I'm settling in and figuring out my new writing schedule. I want to start planning my goals again, but I still feel like I have a ways to go before I'm that organized. That said, I do have two things I want to get completed before the year is out:
My goal for November and December is to make a lot of progress in both of those stories. Yes, if I write for anything else on my to-do list I won't be upset, but it's good to have some goals to focus on. Hopefully by the time the new year rolls in I'll be that much closer to writing regularly again.
It took me a while to accept this fact, but I think I'm burned out. I need a break, some time to settle into my new home and new job. There's too much going on in my life and I need to cut something. Writing, unfortunately, is the only thing that I can safely take a step back from for a bit. Since I've had writers block for a while now, it makes sense.
August, and possibly also September, will be a no-writing time. I'll get the edits that are overdue completed, but nothing else. That way, when I return to my waiting works-in-progress (and I will return, don't worry) I'll feel fresh and ready to write again.
July was supposed to be my comeback month, but I am still plagued with writer's block. I am having a lot of trouble finding the motivation to keep working on any of my works-in-progress. It's honestly a bit maddening. I want to write, I do, but it's just not happening. July ended up not being a good month for my goals.
July is a wonderful month. Everything is warm, but it isn't scorching outside yet. My birthday is coming soon. And, of course, I usually have a great time with writing. This has always been my "last month of freedom" before that hellish six week job I've been doing every summer, except this summer I don't have to go back! I have my full time job, which, admittedly, I'm still settling in to, and it is so much better. With all that to look forward to, I'm really hoping writing will start picking up again.
June was a difficult month. I finished training, moved, and started at my new job. It was stressful, exhausting, and very time consuming. All things writing got pushed aside because my real life was far too hectic. I did manage to get some things done, though.
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Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.