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Writing Miscellany--Six Months

I squandered a good number of hours yesterday.  It's been a long time since I've done that.  The upside is I decided I needed to structure my time much differently if I'm going to accomplish what I want in the coming year.  Some of it is as simple as when certain tasks get done.  Why, forex, have I been doing housework while Dev is at work, and trying to write while he's doing schoolwork?  If I flip the two, all the frustration/interruption factor is gone.  A fine Duh-Blair moment.

Writing time is set aside for the afternoon.  Woohoo!  I've heard from the last CHANT beta reader and have a wee bit of tweaking to do.  (I've been enjoying playing with covers and the like, but won't settle in to seriously formatting and preparing until the beginning of August.)

Late last night, I set out my writing schedule for the next six months, and decided I wanted to push rather than amble.  Here's the current schedule for completion:

August: Three wellness titles (final), CHANT (final)

September: Mouthguard (final), SAND (for beta readers), Outline of PAST

October: SAND (final)

November: 1/2 draft of PAST

December: STONE (for beta readers)

January: PAST (for beta readers)

That's one new novel (PAST), two novel revisions (SAND and STONE), and four non-fiction titles.  If I can't manage it--fine.  But I want to challenge myself.  I want to see what I can accomplish if I push.

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queenoftheskies
Jul. 10th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Wow, awesome goals. I've been pondering in my mind what realistic goals to set for myself since I've learned more this year.
blairmacg
Jul. 10th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know if my goals are realistic. I think they're actually on the far side of realistic and attainable. :) But when I thought about it, I realized it wasn't unusual for me to bang out a ten-page school paper in an evening (Procrastination-R-Us), and I wrote the first draft of CHANT (clocking in at about 180K) in less than three months. And that was accomplished when I had far more demands on my time.

Goals can always be adjusted. But they can't be to met unless they're set!
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