"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

3/2/10

Gumby, Goals, and Progress

This past month was NOTHING like I expected when I started.

I made the commitment to write a lot more in February - I set a goal (that seemed fairly insane) of 35,000 words written on my current WIP in those 28 days. That came out to 1,250 words a day. I said on my blog that I was gonna be Gumby.

Well, I have to say that I DID feel like Gumby--but perhaps not the way I was anticipating. You see, life happened. The month was very much taken up by other things. The first part of the month included several house showings (which I had to clean, and get out of the way, for). The middle and end included accepting an offer to sell our house, finding a house to make an offer on ourselves, have the offer accepted, AND deal with inspections. I was BUSY. (Just FYI - hoping for both closings some time this month. Would be WONDERFUL!)

Still - I did manage to make some decent progress on Handmaiden To A Princess, and wrote at least some every day of the month (I think LOL there may have been one day I didn't, but it's not coming to mind!). Though my word count was lower than I wanted, it is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.


21175 / 35000 words. 61% done!

Still, this has been a great month for me as far as working on my manuscript. I've learned lots (check out this post for specifics!), and I think I may have even gotten into a habit/routine of writing at certain times during the day. And for me - trust me - that is more than half the battle. I also think I have a pretty good idea of what a reasonable, yet challenging, writing goal is for me.

SO - my goals for March are as follows:
  • Write 500 words a day on my WIP six days a week (see the button on my sidebar). This month, that makes my goal 13,000 words. (watch my ticker)
  • Post three times a week on my blog.
  • Keep up with my other responsibilities, including my monthly Exemplify blog post, and editing articles for Exemplify's magazine
  • READ regularly  (I haven't been doing this - besides Bible reading - in MONTHS). I'd love to finish the book I started on Sunday - Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss - before March is over - and write a book review for my blog.
Will life get in the way? Possibly. But if it is God's plan, that's exactly what I'll want to happen.

Thanks for the prayers and support!

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

3 comments:

  1. Great post! I'm glad you had a great month--even with all the craziness. ^_^ Still cheerin' for ya <3

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  2. I think you're doing incredibly well to keep up with all of this, friend! May God's peace continue to govern your steps in the days ahead, which will, undoubtedly, be filled with more challenge and change.

    peace~elaine
    PS: For the record, I'm up to 45,000 words in my WIP with only a few more to pen. Funny how those final words have been the hardest for me.

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