"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

9/30/12

Getting Accountable - A Goals/Progress Update

Are you looking for a writing accountability group? Well, my dear friend Patty Wysong has started one. It's called Forward March, and, very simply, it's a place to post weekly goals and then report back and get some encouragement (and even a wet noodle on occasion if needed). Sound interesting? Go here and request membership (mention you learned about it on my blog) and we'll let you in!

I've been in an accountability group like this for a bit, and it makes a HUGE difference. Hope you'll join us!
Of course, this post in and of itself is about accountability. And it helps - at least I think so. I guess when I look at last month's goals I'll know for sure, eh?

And here they are - direct from last month's goals/progress post:
  • Look through many of the resources I learned about from my Writing and Researching Historical Fiction class in July, doing some research for Handmaiden to a Princess.
  • Get as much as I can out of September's free ACFW course: Plodding vs. Plotting - How to Get Your Novel Moving, taught by Henry McLaughlin.
  • Prepare a chapter of Handmaiden to a Princess for the free edit Cindy Vallar (teacher of the writing and researching historical fiction class I took) offered to all her students. 
I did do some research for Handmaiden to a Princess, though mostly just finding books I should check out, and websites I should read through, at some point in the future. And I'm not even done with that. But some progress is better than none, right?

And the class - definitely kept up with that (plus more! I participated in the unofficial ACFW At-Home Conference, and started another class on Goal, Motivation and Conflict a week ago that runs through most of the rest of October).

And I did NOT work on the chapter for Cindy Vallar - but that's okay, cuz September was an "adjustment month."  I think I have an idea of how my days are going to go now. Maybe ;)

Sooo - on to October (only a day away - can hardly believe it!).

And here are my goals:
  • More research for Handmaiden to a Princess
  • Keep up in the Mastering Goal, Motivation, and Conflict class at Savvy Authors
  • Keep up in October's free ACFW course on characterization
  • Prepare a chapter of Handmaiden to a Princess for the free edit Cindy Vallar (teacher of the writing and researching historical fiction class I took) offered to all her students. 
Sounds good to me. Hoping this post (and that accountability group you are MORE THAN WELCOME to join) can help! Thanks for reading!



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