“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
I signed up for the Get Your Words Out challenge on LiveJournal again this year. I talked about that here, earlier this year.
I made the choice to go with the INSANE goal (that’s what they call it there, just FYI) of 350,000 words in one year. I did the same thing last year and missed it by a mile but it was fun giving it a try.
I think this year, I planned more rolling in to the year but I have been less effective and less productive in my writing. I think there are a number of reasons for this but the reality of the situation is that I have not put in the writing time to be on track to meet my goal.
On the left side of this page, you can see my progress meters. I set goals for each month and for the year, and I have yet to meet a monthly goal even ONCE. Which is a bit disheartening.
This month, I set the goal as the number of words I would need to write to catch up to where I should be, had I been on track for the previous 7 months. This may seem self-defeating but what I wanted to do was to see how big of a chunk I could take out of that massive number if I just kept at it. I may not get to the top of the mountain, but how far did I climb before I had to stop?
I am currently only at 13% of my annual goal, so I need to get moving. I would love to hit 50% of that goal by the end of September, if not before, so I’m trying to figure out what kind of plan I would need to enact to hit that bar.
Next month, EVA is running their annual “Beat Janet” contest. The goal is to write more words than published author (and EVA member) Janet Tronstad. The person who beats her by the most words wins a prize. I think I will set a more reasonable word count goal for my sidebar in September, with the hope that the drive to both beat Janet and that stupid bar will get me really revved up and writing.
This past week has been great. I met up with one of my FAVORITE fanfic writers ever, in person, and was inspired to write just by sheer proximity to her brilliance. I attended both the monthly OCC meeting and the annual EVA retreat at Monrovia Canyon Park. Both events got my writing brain really working hard (my husband swears he can smell the smoke!).
On top of all that, I am working hard to finish my edits for my submission to an editor and my Apocalyptothon story was due on 08/13, with any and all final edits due by 08/20. I’ve been pounding out the words on so many different things.
And you might be saying, but Alison? Can you really be effective if you are bouncing from project to project?