June 19, 2012

Setting Goals

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I've never really been a goal setter when it comes to writing. Until I began BuNoWriMo, I didn't realize how important it could be. My goal, in line with BuNoWriMo, is writing 50,000 words in 30 days. 

When I think about my first novel being 68,000 words, and it took me two years to write, it's crazy to think I'll be close to finishing my second book in about five or six weeks! Sure, it will be a first draft and I'll have a lot of editing to do, but that's the point. I'll have a novel to edit in about an eighth  of the time it took me to write my first novel.

I was raised with a good work ethic and have always taken any job I had very seriously. I show up, on time, get the job done and do it well.  I've always been reliable.

I don't know why I've never applied this work ethic to my writing.

I'm sure most of you know Angela Brown. She is an awesome writer with an awesome blog. She routinely sets monthly goals and posts it on her blog. I've always admired that. It's about holding yourself accountable to yourself.

So thank you Angela Brown and BuNoWriMo for inspiring me to set goals!

My goals for the month of June:

  • Write 50,000 words toward my next novel in the Indigo Eady Mystery series, A Guilty Ghost Surprised.
  • Read four books.
  • Post 2-3 blog posts per week.
  • Visit 25 awesome blogs per week.
I will set/post new goals for July and let you know how I did in June.

Do you set goals? How strict are you about them? How do you stay on track? What are your goals for the month of June?


Christine Rains said...

That is awesome! I think posting your goals helps you be accountable and give you that extra motivation. I do the same thing. I posted my yearly goals. For this month, I've written the one short story I need to do and I'll submit it this week. I need to get work done on my other project, though. I'm sorely behind in that.

Gwen Gardner said...

Christine, exactly! Although I wouldn't know where to begin with yearly goals - that sounds massive. Good luck with your submission:)