Check-ins are a monthly feature wherein we talk about accomplishing our goals--or not.
After the suckfest that was January, I figured February had to be a lot better, right?
Well, it was. Marginally. I managed to write over 25K words and finished my novella Manhattan Melody. It’ll release in late May. Stay tuned for cover pretties by Kris Norris.
That doesn’t mean I was on track. Oh, no. Bronwyn was supposed to edit for me (because I LOVE her), but I fucked up the due dates.
I edited a little. I don’t want to depress myself by actually looking at THAT wordcount.
I plotted three more books. I fleshed out the plot for two Kindle Worlds I’ll be writing later this year.
I was on-time for the magazine editing I do. #winning. Sometimes, it’s the little victories.
Looking toward March, I think I really am on a roll and getting back into the swing of things. If I use my organization strategies effectively–and stick to a schedule–I should be moderately successful.
So, here’s what I want to accomplish:
- Write 50K new words. Yeah. Kinda like the March version of NaNoWriMo.
- Get ahead on my editing projects.
- Get a regular sleep pattern established.
In order to accomplish this, I need to make sure I stick to the plan and stay off the Internet. So, I’m planning to shut down all distractions on my work computer. No email, no social media, no youtube rabbit hole, no random stock photo searches. No messaging unless I’m on an earned break. Someone that works a ‘normal’ job goes to work during set hours. I can, too.
Since I wrote this post on Tuesday night, things have changed…again. I’ll be going back to teaching a few English classes a day, five days a week. So, I’ll still have mornings free three days a week because two mornings I’ll be going in early to knock out some special ed stuff. Gee, that retirement didn’t last long.
- Write 40K new words. Revise release schedule and/or pare down plot for currently planned projects. Yeah, I’m not a fan of cutting plot, so that probably won’t happen.
- Return all editing projects on time.
- Get a regular sleep pattern established. Super important.
- Create a daily schedule to preserve time for writing/editing in my day. Doesn’t change much from above–just need to communicate my schedule clearly.
What’re your goals for March?
Check out what everyone else did in February, and what their plans are for March!