Posts Tagged "goals"

Writing Goals: One month check-in

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Writing Goals: One month check-in

A month ago I wrote about my experience with a writing workshop about energizing our writing and setting some goals.¬† I’ve decided to do a check in on my blog to keep myself honest and to see where I need to make adjustments. After setting broad goals for 2014, noting what I wanted to accomplish in each month, I identified goals day by day for January and February. As mentioned in my February 3 blog, I completed a decent draft of my YA novel and sent it to my critique group a day ahead of schedule. Since that was the only goal I had for January, I noted which scenes/sections I needed...

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At the Core of Our Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

At the Core of Our Resolutions

Back in July, I wrote about digging a little deeper when it comes to why we write. Goal setting is great and I thrive on it (I love checking off tasks and gaining that sense of accomplishment), but it has been amazing how answering deeper questions about why I write – in general and also a particular story – has given me more motivation and a deeper sense of responsibility. This past Saturday, I was thrilled to attend the “Day-Long, Kick-Butt, Get-Your-Writing-Year-in-Order Workshop” at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, which the instructor, Shari Caudron, had renamed...

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Friday Focus: Progress Check in

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Friday Focus, Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Friday Focus: Progress Check in

So back in January I set up my 2013 Writing Goals and for the first time ever, tried to set goals that I could actually meet. I’ve actually completed goals 1 and 2 and am focused on #3, where I am trying an experiment. I’m using Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat Beat Sheet to structure my YA Novel and had set sub-goals for meeting each beat. My original plan was to report back in June when I was planning to be finished, but I’ve really hit my stride, even though I’m slightly behind on the sub-goals, and just wanted to bask in that. I’m big on basking because...

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My 2013 Writing Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

My 2013 Writing Resolutions

Happy new year! If you read my post yesterday, you know that not only did I promise to post my goals, but I also mentioned that during the writing of my #4 tip, I actually went back and removed a goal from my list. Things always seem to happen during the course of a year – last year it was family stuff, lots of author events and classes that I taught, and two graduations…so I’ve pared my list down to three. They seem achievable and ¬†posting them makes me feel more accountable. I really want to be able to report here in June that I completed these goals! The other thing I...

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6 Tips for Setting Realistic Writing Resolutions

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

Today will be a different sort of JumpStart Monday. If you haven’t already, I challenge you to come up with some clear writing goals for the coming year, using some of my tips below. If you’re like me, you start the new year bright-eyed and optimistic that this is the year you will write faster, smarter, better, more, etc. And as the year wears on, you find you aren’t doing any of those things. Every year I help round up the writing goals for my critique group, the Wild Writers, and every year I either set too many or goals that are too involved to complete in a year....

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