And the excuses why we don’t meet them…
I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since November. I have all sorts of excuses though. I had a December 1 book deadline which kept me very busy. I missed the deadline (Busyness/procrastination/laziness were the culprits). Then I took sick (first time in many years) with acute bronchitis, followed by an ear infection. “Alas, me!” I couldn’t write for three solid weeks. Then, Christmas and New Year’s rolled around. I still wasn’t done my novel’s first draft.
That’s when I decided it was time to buckle down and really hit the keyboard. I finally sent it to my editor on January 22. Very disappointed with myself, I decided to set some writing goals.
First: Write at least one page a day, every day. Hey, at the end of the year, that’s a 365-page novel! I broke that one already but if I write 2 pages a day – starting today – for the next two months, I’ll catch up.
Second: Write a third novel. I published Stella’s Plea in November 2012. I wrote a second (Emma’s Prayer) and sent it to my editor. Now it’s time for a third. This means I’ll be doing re-writes on the second novel and working on the third one at the same time! Ouch! It will get confusing at times but it’s alright, I know it’s do-able.
Emma’s Prayer is about a teen mom who gave up her son for adoption, but changed her mind before the adoption process was finalized. Can she get him back? Or is it too late?
Third: Read more. Writers are Readers. I have several books I promised to read, but if there’s one thing I can’t do, it is to read one book while trying to write another. I have a one-track mind, and little attention span. I mean very little attention span. I’m currently critiquing one novel, and promised read/reviewed three others for people who did the same for me. So by March 31, I should be ready to start on this third novel.
Fourth: Last but not least… Blog more. I want to do more author interviews, and write more about writing. This means writing at least once a week.
If I want to do all the above, the first thing I need to write is a schedule. I’m a creature of habit and very good at sticking to it, WHEN it’s written down (anyone out there with short attention span knows what I’m talking about)!
Now I just pray God will help me be attentive to His leading. And right now, He’s saying Sign off and write that schedule. Then, I can keep going down this writing journey.
Do you have any writing goals for 2014? Leave a comment and tell me about it/them.