It's March, and its time to take a look back over the last month and celebrate what went well, gloss over what didn't, and adjust/make goals for the upcoming month.
In my day-job I teach students the benefits, and dare-I-say, necessity of goal setting. How are you going to move forward without a road map? So in an uncharacteristic 'practice what you preach' move that is exactly what I am going to attempt.
I find it highly motivating, as well, to recap what I have accomplished. I loved looking back at the month of January and found it helped propel me into February. It's so easy to get caught up in the minutiae of daily life, to get wrapped up in stress, to really take an objective look at your accomplishments. I have been very stressed the last few weeks, juggling multiple projects and suffering from a bought of "I don't want to write- it's too hard!" syndrome. Hopefully outlining everything here will serve as a reminder of my goals and ability to reach them!
What I did:
- I participated in the 2K International Writer Blog Tour. This was a great networking opportunity and lots of fun to boot! You can find the whole thing archived on the host's site at Kate M. Colby.
- I wrote a guest blog for Kate M. Colby's site on writing with a soundtrack.
- I was invited to contribute to an online magazine- yet to write an article, though.
- Received initial sketches for the graphic novel! So good!
- Doubled my subscribers on Wordpress.
- Nearly doubled my Twitter followers.
- Read 6 'romance' novels in 3.5 days. Priorities people. Priorities.
Goals From January
-Edit NaNoWriMo 2014 Manuscript: Sadly this has not happened so much. I have been struggling with this piece since November and I think it is time I set it aside for a bit and let it marinate. What I have been doing, instead, is continuing to edit my NaNoWriMo 2013 manuscript. I am going to focus on this for the time being in the hopes that it re-energizes my editing gusto.
- Regular updates on my blog(s): I need to sit down and actually put together my editorial calendar for March. February was a nice month because the 2K Blog Tour pretty much took care of Reading Over People's Shoulders... (RoPS) for me. Luckily I have some ideas sketched out that I just need to commit to...digital space.
-Guest write an article- check! See above.
-Get paid for something I wrote: this will likely be something carried over for a few months yet, but every week I am closer and closer to being ready to start asking for money for my work.
-Plan NaNoWriMo 2015: I actually may have done this! I don't know if I will end up doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year, but I do have a completed outline for another novel done and waiting patiently for my attention. I may keep it in the wings for NaNoWriMo November 2015 if I don't end up doing the April or July session.
-Take a writing course- I actually have my eye on an online course that might actually fit my budget and schedule! It starts mid-month so hopefully I will have scrounged the funds together by that point. If anyone has suggestions for online courses (or in person conferences/courses in the Toronto area) let me know!
- Double my followers on RoPS: I did that! The 2K Tour was a big help in that department, but I was well on my way to it before that as well. Next goal is 100 followers!
Goals for March
- Create concrete contract for Graphic Novel
- Begin creating/building online presence for Graphic Novel
- Secure url for Graphic Novel
- Revise Prologue and Chapter 1 of GN to fit art style.
- Hammer out timeline with artist.
- Sign up for writing course.
- 2 articles for online mag
- 4 articles for RoPS
- 4 articles for this blog
- Read 1 business related book.
It's nice to see that even though February was a short month, and I faced a lot of "I don't want to write/work" moments that I actually achieved quite a bit. I'm looking forward to the next couple of months and hammering out some more details about the graphic novel and getting that off the ground.
How are your goals coming? Do you have anything exciting on your plate?