Quarterly Writing Goals: October, November, and December 2017

The last few months have been hectic to say the least.  Work, writing, and whatnot have dominated any free time I have had, but now I’m getting back into a working schedule (as opposed to the chaotic mess of before).  Of course, I’m in the midst of writing the second book of a five-book series, so working on that comes first.

Despite being inactive online, I’ve written over 30% more of my current work in progress and have read 81 out of 100 books for the 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge.  For the rest of the year, I plan to:

  • finish my current work in progress (or at least write three-fourths of it)
  • read 100 out of 100 books
  • begin rewriting one out of four short stories
  • write more poems
  • continue typing first book in series
  • update this blog as regularly as possible

In theory, it isn’t that much to do, but stuff does tend to pile up.  I will be working towards finishing up the year with a bang.  Anyway, I hope you all have a relaxing or productive weekend, whichever you need, and I’ll see you next week!

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Quarterly Writing Goals: July, August, and September 2017

Three months ago, I came up with a list of goals for the second quarter of the year.  They were to update this blog regularly, finish planning the second book in my 5-book series, finish typing the first book, to finish a short story I’ve been working on for ages, and to keep reading.  I finished planning the book and kept reading, but I didn’t finish typing the first book or the short story.  But I did complete a different short story and have gotten a bit through two others.

My goals for July through September are to:

  • update this blog regularly
  • continue writing the second book in the series and possibly finish it
  • finish typing the first book
  • finish the short story once and for all
  • keep reading (I have 58 out of 100 books read)

I’m hoping to continue to write book reviews and get back into poetry.  I might share a few short stories I’ve written, so keep an eye out.  I hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend.  See you next week!

Quarterly Writing Goals: April, May, and June 2017

At the end of last year, I drew up a list of goals for this blog and other writing projects for the first three months.  What I wanted to do was update this blog regularly, write a short story, and continue planning my 5-book series.  While I didn’t write a short story, I did finish planning the series and am now making progress on the second book.  Although I still have to finish plotting it.  Oops.  I also got around to personalizing this blog a lot more, so, all in all, it has been a successful three months.

My goals for April through June are to:

  • continue updating this blog regularly
  • finish plotting the second book and keep writing away
  • finish typing the first book (I write the first drafts on paper)
  • finish a short story I’ve been working on for ages
  • keep reading (I have 77 books to go!)

You can expect to see more book reviews, poetry, and, perhaps, a collaboration post in the next several months (If anyone would be interested in doing a collaboration with me, shoot a comment my way, and I’ll send my email to you.).  I might be a bit boring this month, though.  I’m currently typing up the first book in the series I’m working on, Maddening, as my Camp NaNoWriMo project.

I hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend and that the upcoming week is as productive as the last one and holds at least one pleasant surprise for you.  See you all next week!

Quarterly Writing Goals: October, November, and December 2016

For the end of the summer, I set four goals for myself.  I was going to plot three future books, read more, take up a non-writing hobby, and write at least 500 words per day.  Unfortunately, I only managed to plot a short story and my current main writing project.  Instead of going through a 300 page book in two months, I’ve upped my reading game to one and a half books per month.  I haven’t taken up a non-writing hobby yet, nor have I gotten to the point where I write 500 words per day consistently.  (I’m working up to it, though.  By the end of the year, I should reach that goal.)  On the bright side, I’ve written another short story and am slowly working on my first novella.

What I have left to do is (lightly) edit my posts, catch up with my daily word count, and take up a separate hobby.  I’ve been thinking about taking up piano or I might just start reading even more.  Hopefully both.

For the rest of this month, I’m going to update once a week.  I probably won’t be able to update that often once November rolls around because my work in progress will be in full swing.

Quarterly Writing Goals: July, August, and September 2016

So, it’s that time of the year again.  Three months ago I introduced myself to the idea of having three months to complete a set of goals.  My goal for the last quarter was to finish the last 10,000 words of my book, work on my horror anthology, and to begin planning my long overdue series.  I’m happy to say that I not only completed them but also managed to write a short story as well.

For the next three months I’ll:

A. Plot at least three future books

B. Read more

C. Take up a non-writing hobby

D. Write at least 500 words per day

On another note, because I’m going to be traveling and such, instead of updating every other day, I’ve decided to update three times a week.

Happy Forth of July!

 

I’m Back… With a List?

(It’s been over two months and clicking on this keyboard feels unnatural after so many hours of hearing my pencil scratch.  It feels like a Twilight Zone episode.  Or something.  I feel guilty for being gone so long.  Forgive me, I’m rambling again.)

2016 Writing Goals

  1.  Finish the last 10,000 words of my book
  2. Get to the point where I’m posting thrice a week
  3. Work on/complete horror anthology
  4. Edit all my posts.  Again.
  5. Begin planning my long overdue series
  6. Write at least two short stories separate from the anthology
  7. Plot 1, 2, 3 books
  8. Start editing/rewriting my work in progress
  9. Read more
  10. Take up a non-writing hobby
  11. Write at least 500 words per day
  12. Complete this list
  13. Don’t freak out like I did last year
  14. Breathe

At first glance, it doesn’t look that bad, but when you throw in everything else, you know, life, it’s borderline insane.  Especially that last part.  How can I be expected to breathe with this load on top of me?  The truth is that I’m expecting a bit too much from myself and I know it.  However, I’ve had the list bouncing around my head for the past three years.  It’s been torturing me, and the stress has been hitting hard the last month and a half.  I’m sick of it.  Writing stuff down has worked in the past, so I tried it.

It works!

Of course, I’ll be needing a schedule of some kind, so I’ve decided to break the list down into quarterly goals.  (This was inspired by  Jenna Moreci’s Quarterly Writing Goals YouTube video.  If you’re in a rut, looking for writing advice, or browsing the internet, I recommend checking her channel out.  You won’t regret it.)   Since the first quarter is almost finished, I’m going to only plan for the next three.

April, May, and June: 1, 3, 5

July, August, September: 2, 7, 9, 10, 11

October, November, December: 4, 6, 8, 12

What are your writing goals for this year?  (Whatever they are, don’t forget to breathe.)

 Oh, yeah, I almost forgot.

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