Sometimes my goals have been unrealistic, unreasonable and a dozen other words that all mean I won’t get anywhere near them. More recently, I’ve learned to craft goals with the same care I might use to craft a story. I’ve had a few of them bouncing around in my head for a while and I figured writing them up for a Round of Words in 80 Days would be easy.
I was right. I got the first draft of this post banged out in about ten minutes.
Then something happened and I think learned something about myself as a writer. Or I’m on the edge of learning it. I don’t know. It’s quarter to seven in the morning and I’ve had only one sip of coffee. You’ll have to bear with me.
What I think I figured out is that I’ve been learning to write but not learning to write like me. It’s more than that “finding your voice,” stuff you read about in books on the craft. Or, well, maybe it isn’t. Maybe it’s exactly that. Either way, I’ve spent the better part of the last two days thinking about my work and where to go from here.
These goals are a reflection of some of that.
I will write at least one freelance piece every day. I will also continue to read about, research and discover freelancing opportunities. I need to start making money from my writing.
I will post at least three times a week. If you look back through the archives you’ll see I’ve slipped from time to time, but I’m mostly doing this already. The topics I’m writing about might change in the near future, but I’m still planning on staying just as active here as I have been. Maybe more so.
The New Novel
I will write 2,000 words every day. No exceptions. Again, this isn’t a new goal at all, but something I’ve been already been doing. The difference here is that whenever I was in “Revision Mode,” I stopped writing new stuff. That needs to change.
What’s this all about?
ROW80 is a writing challenge I wrote about the other day. It’s done in rounds and each round lasts 80 days. Writers participating in it post updates to their blog twice a week to track progress and help keep their noses to the grindstones they’ve built.