Setting new goals for 2013

I’m determined to get my mojo back. I have a story to write, and several to edit. And I can’t be sidetracked by life anymore.

When I started writing, I wasn’t bogged down with a bunch of rules or an understanding of story structure or theories on what was a better POV (point of view) for certain sub-genres. I just wrote. Granted, that first manuscript needed a significant overhaul, and is probably the reason I dread revisions more than any part of writing.

♪♫ I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling. Whoa, that lovin’ feeling. ♪♫ And dammit, I want it back.

There are a couple of things I plan to do to get it back. First, find a time that works best for me in terms of productivity and creativity. I know I’m not an early morning person (if you find me out of bed before 9 am, it’s under duress, I assure you), so expecting to write 2000 words in the 6-7 AM hour is…well, it’s asinine. But I’m not really a nighttime writer anymore, either. I get sleepy by 11 PM, so my days of writing from 10 PM until 3 AM are done. Besides, the kids are in school from 8 until 2:30, so it’s more ideal to get work done during those hours.

mnn2SRkThe second thing I’m going to do is set goals for each day. While the kids are in summer camp, I only get three days a week alone. Come August 7, they’ll be back in school every day and my goals will be more frequent. For every day I reach my goal, I’ll get a reward. Until Labor Day (first weekend in September), I’ll allow myself to go to the pool. If the weather’s not conducive, I’ll read a book, or take a nap. Something I enjoy.

Third, I’ll remove distractions. I plan to spend a lot of time at a Starbucks or other coffee shop with my laptop, notebook, and NO INTERNET. Yes, I know Starbucks has wi-fi, but if I don’t sign into it, I can’t access it. I’ll turn off my laptop’s wi-fi if I must. But I’m too distracted by Facebook, emails, and Twitter. They must go.

oa6pg8CFinally, I’ll have a game plan going into each writing session. I’m using some of the tips put out by writers advocating 10k days (like Rachel Aaron or P.D. Martin) , but I’m only aiming for 5k. Mostly, I want to try handwriting what will happen in the scenes before I actually write them, in a listed format. I think this will help me break through any roadblocks BEFORE I write.

With all this, I WILL have a finished story by the end of the year, if not way earlier.

Oh, and I hope to start blogging more regularly again. My progress, my plans to look into self-publishing, my cover art…and I’m sure I’ll have swag/books to give away from the Romance Writers of America Conference that’s happening next week.

Life? Bring it on.


FacebookWordPressBlogger PostTumblrLinkedInDeliciousDiggGoogle BookmarksShare
This entry was posted in Random thoughts, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.