"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


Moving Along - a Goals/Progress Update

It seems it's been a good month here at An Open Book - and in the Sher household - as far as writing and such is going. I feel like I've been plodding alog. But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

So how did I do with my goals for January, you ask? Let's see. Here they are, copied from my last goals/progress post:
  • Post, on topic, two to three times a week on my blog (with at least 75% of it fresh content) - this does NOT include "teaser" posts to other places I blog.
  • Finish steps five and six of Snowflake for Handmaiden to a Princess, and start step seven
  • Keep up in the blogging class on the ACFW course loop
  • Work through Margie Lawson's lecture packet Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors with a friend (or two or three - if you're interested in joining us, drop me a line. We're starting January 7. Not sure of the pace yet.)
So, I posted eleven times on my blog in January (not counting teaser posts), which does average out to between two and three times a week. Eight of them were fresh content. That's 73% fresh, so I'll give myself a yes on that one. (close enough?)

Snowflake steps five and six are done, and seven is VERY close to finished (will likely be done by the weekend, if not later today!). Good progress for sure - and only two steps after that before I start actually writing the book.

As far as the classes, I DID keep up in the blogging class (EXCELLENT), and my friends and I are working through lecture four of nine of Margie Lawson's lecture packet. It's REALLY good. Extremely. We're going through a lesson a week, and so far it's working.

Gonna be a little more ambitious on my novel work in February (cuz I'm hoping to participate in Seekerville's SpeedBo in March!). So, here are this month's goals:
  • Post, on topic, two to three times a week on my blog (with at least 2/3 of it fresh content) - this does NOT include "teaser" posts to other places I blog.
  • Finish steps seven (character charts), eight (list of all the scenes I'll need), and nine (narrative description of the story) of Snowflake for Handmaiden to a Princess.
  • Be finished with lecture seven of Margie Lawson's lecture packet Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors, and started lecture eight.
So, there they are! Back to "on-topic" posts next week :)

Do you set goals? How are you doing?
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  1. Good for you, Joanne!
    And yes I did (have goals) and I'm on target :)
    I DO want to spend about 15 minutes today setting new goals for FEBRUARY. I'm a little behind having just returned from 4 days away....

    1. Good for YOU, Rebecca! And it's only the first day of February. You do NOT have to do it right on time (unlike anal me LOL)

  2. Talk about accountability, Joanne! This is great. And Congrats for staying on track.

    1. Thanks, Bonnie - I'm all about these kinds of posts. Harder to not meet my goals when everyone and their dog find out about it, yanno? LOL Thanks for stopping by


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