A few weeks ago, I had a story idea come to me that I instantly knew would need to be a longer piece. It freaked me out because I never envisioned myself writing a book this soon. Truth is I didn’t see a novel as a goal and even fancied that maybe short stories were my “thing” and that is where I would stop.
So, I want to focus this next 80 days on craft elements to getting my novel started (plotting, outlining, character sketches) then the writing. In the midst of this, I am headed into my psycho period at work (now until mid-November) and I know there are other areas I’ll need to ramp up to keep me well-rounded and semi-sane. I’m starting slow for the crazy time and then modifying the goals.
Here go the goals:
Month of October through November 10
- Write 500 words a day, three days a week. I’ve never done a set word count before (hello, writing in random long bursts, supplied by coffee pantser here) so I’m going to stay flexible with this one and start with short daily bits. I figure my tendency to keep going will kick in, but I like the idea of seeing if formal planning springs some changes for me. Doesn’t matter if these are on a WIP project (short stories or novel), article (recaps I write for Reality News Online) or blog posts. The eventual long-term goal is to get to set writing done every day, but starting out I’ll give myself space for “life happens” moments.
- Read one chapter a week of a craft book. I have several items on the docket to read on novel craft. Some of the craft items have exercises at the end that can also lead to increased word count.
- Read one chapter of a novel each week. Who doesn’t have an endless to-be-read list? I thought about making this a page number quota, but some of my Kindle items don’t list pages. I’m leaning towards some horror and dark fiction here. 🙂
- Blog three times a week. After completing Kristen Lamb’s Blogging to Build Your Brand workshop in August, I’d retooled my blog themes and schedule so I’d be posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I’ve been averaging two posts. Yeah, the best laid plans of mice and men. To get back on schedule, I’m adopting the advice of my WANA711 tribe and scheduling a block of time for writing posts in advance (versus my pantser play).
- Read, retweet and comment on at least 10 blogs a week. I already read a lot of blog links each week, but haven’t had a steady system for retweeting or commenting so this goal will help me get in more regular interaction with peeps.
Healthy Happy Living
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week. I retooled my life back in January 2010 and by that February was regularly exercising four to five times a week. I lost 42 pounds as a result. Enter the car accident neck injury in November and progressive path through the bowls of healthcare red-tape that is still ongoing. The weight loss froze at first from the stress of living with chronic pain and not sleeping. Next from falling off the workout schedule, eating plan and losing my mojo. Seven pounds crept back on (evil eyeing belly). Via ROW80, I shall get my mojo back!
- Crochet one hour a week. I learned to crochet in the sixth grade and it is a fave thing to do for relaxation and creative output. It is also something that has been pushed aside a bit with my recent rip/run life. With this commitment, I’ll be able to finish a few in process projects and start some cool new ones.
- Enjoy watching one movie a week without multitasking. This can be in the theater (since we are upon horror movie season yea!) or via library DVD. Another rejuvenation goal here. Repeat movies are allowed. 🙂
November 10 – December 22
- Write 500 words a day, five days a week. *increased goal
- Read one chapter a week of a craft book.
- Read one short story or chapter of a novel each week. *increased goal
- Blog three times a week.
- Read, retweet and comment on at least 15 blogs a week. *increased goal
Healthy Happy Living
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week.
- Crochet one hour a week.
- Enjoy watching one movie a week without multitasking.
Inspired by the upcoming ROW80 Twitter Party festivities and Jenny Hansen’s fabulous party playlist, I figure I need a theme song to listen to if I start wandering off path. I’m picking Michael Jackson’s “Keep the Faith.” His voice has brought me comfort my entire life and he is right – “You can be a winner, but you got to keep the faith.”