Going into it, I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't think it would be easy by any stretch, but I figured I'd be able to manage it - or at least come close.
So how did I do? Why don't we start with my November goals, taken from last month's goals/progress post?
- Keep up on the blogging I "need" to do (FaithWriters blog three times a week, Monday Manna, a2z, and my three group blog posts) minimum. Anything else is gravy. (some of this I've prewritten before November)
- Write 50,000 words in Handmaiden to a Princess (yes - typing that TOTALLY freaked me out!).
- Do NOT read every blog on my google reader (this COULD be a goal that's hard to keep, believe it or not - but if I don't, there's NO way I can get the writing done I need to!).
And then there's goal #2. The one that freaked me out when I typed it. AND the one I did not meet.
In fact, I came just under 20,000 words short. Check out my word count for the month:
But I learned. A LOT. And I now have some pretty serious questions to ponder. They include, but are not limited to: ** I write best (or at least fastest!) when I am "competing" - whether it is against others or the clock.** I need to look at small goals (baby steps, yanno?) rather than larger ones. ** If I set big goals, I WILL get overwhelmed, and possibly freak out. (yeah - I know this one from experience) ** For me, writing a novel is very, VERY hard. A lot of things about it are completely contrary to my natural tendencies to write. ** My previous statement MAY mean I am not meant to be a novel writer. But it may not. Seeking God about this. ** Fifty thousand words in the month of November is possible - though not in any way easy - for me. (yeah, I know I didn't make it. But once I learned some of the other lessons, I realize that if I had used some of the strategies from the beginning, it likely would have been doable). ** I have a lot to learn about writing well. A LOT. ** I am a plotter with slight pantser tendencies. I should have plotted more beforehand. ** Open Office counts "open quotes" as a word on its own in its word count (hassle!)
And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It was definitely a good experience.
But what about December, you may ask? Well, here are my goals.
- Three blog posts a week minimum
- 10k in Handmaiden To A Princess
- Start working on "reworking "Ailing Body, Nourished Soul
- Get back into my "usual" routine
Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength