Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July Goals

I fear this month wasn’t as successful as May…

June Goals

1. Finish collecting and giving critiques. This should be easy. I love beta reading.
Still in the middle of this, although there isn’t much I can do to get critiques done faster. I forget sometimes that most people don’t read 10K a day.

2. Start posting more at the Spamfiles. I think having more posts will attract more readers. Could it be that other people don’t find spam as amusing as I do?
Got this one done. I’m still disappointed that I don’t have more followers, though.

3. Add 20K more words to my rewrite. Usually first draft writing is easy for me, but I’ve been feeling a little bit of the writer’s block lately. I hope I can do it.
Kind of a failure. Because it’s a rewrite, there are still some things from the old version that I can use, so I’ve been working on that. But I could have done more if I hadn’t gotten distracted by a shiny new project. Darn your shininess!

Not as successful maybe, but not bad. I should’ve done more with number 3. On the other hand, I got a bunch of stuff done that wasn’t on my list, like aforementioned new project (something like twenty K there, so pretty good), and switching over to the new blog. I’d give my final grade as a B. An actual B, too, not a scaled B. Not bad.

Okay, now for July (I can’t believe the year is half over already!)

July Goals

1. Finish going over suggestions from previous readers for COLLAPSE. Maybe try to find more critique partners. I’ve got some good feedback, but I don’t know if four is enough (especially when I don’t have them all back yet).

2. Be more present in social media. Mostly I want to leave more comments, respond to every one I receive, and return the favor.

3. Add 20K more to New Project and finish combining the new and the old versions.

I wonder if it’s too ambitious or not ambitious enough.

Anyway, what are your plans for July, for writing or otherwise? Anyone doing anything fun?


  1. Writing down goals is so important. I need to do that more. I usually make a goal each day of writing at least 1000 words. Normally I can achieve it. The summer is hard though. SO many distractions...

    1. 1000 words is impressive! Good luck with the distractions :)

  2. My writing plans for summer are basically screwed. (Can I say that on your blog?) I'm just trying to get through the month without going completely insane.

  3. The social media part just takes time. I had only a handful of followers for the longest time.
    No writing here, but I am reading.

  4. Goals...? Where we're going, we don't need goals.

  5. I'm going to finish revisions of one WIP and draft a new idea.

    I love the start of a new month. I hope you have a great writing month.

  6. I think it's great to set monthly goals. I need to do that... I've got a lot on my writing plate and really need to start managing my time a little better. (:

  7. Some progress is good progress. Things will get easier eventually.

  8. The important thing is to have goals. Reach for the stars and fall in a tree is better than reaching for a branch and falling in the mud. Aspire high and you'll accomplish more without actually finishing them. I need to work on that part. :)

  9. Summer does have that way of keeping us perpetually distracted.


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