Here we go again! New year and all the feelings of fresh start that come with it. This is second time I join this challenge, I didn’t do so good last time, but I feel like this time around I have a better idea of what I can actually accomplish in a 80 days time frame. So, without any more detours, goals for this round:
- Write 55 of those 80 days (more or less 2/3).
- Get 30k of fiction on paper. (Paper, screen… you get the idea!)
- Work on the HL short stories. have no idea of how long those will be yet, so it’s harder to try to predict how far in it I will get.
- Write 30 drabbles for 100 Drabbles Challenge.
- Keep a journal.
- Read 4 books.
And that is it. Good luck to everyone! 😀
In general, 2014 was not a good year. I hit a weird funk right at the beginning if it and kind spiraled in terrible moods, depression and feeling bad about myself. I’m now starting to get better, in the last couple of months, after almost a year.
Besides that I met some really nice people around April that really helped with making this year bearable. And I’m thankful for having them in my life.
I started and failed at finishing a lot of things this year. I always was bad at focusing and seeing things through. This was very true this year.
In a way, I’m more lost now than I was at this point last year. But I feel better about it, I’m no longer lying to myself about it.
For 2015 I wish a better year, more focus, and that I finally manage to crawl out of this hole I am right now.
I have really hit a rough patch. I’m trying to pull of it but the last two weeks has been terrible in a lot of ways. Lots of annoying but necessary work to get done on job, exhausting meetings and family woes. I have mostly abandoning my novel and spiraled down a guilt x procrastination spiral again.
This always happens. Every time I fail at getting what I planned to do finished I feel so guilt that I start to procrastinate even when I have the time. Like if I can’t get everything I wanted done, it’s better not get anything at all done. And when I look at my calendar I realise that I have wasted 2 weeks trying to come up if that perfect time for writing and not actually writing anything.
I think it’s time to reassess what is actually possible and commit to small steps before I build up to what I was used to do. It’s a little bit like trying to go back to your old workout program after a long break. This way only lies frustration and sore muscles!
That will be my goal for the next feel days. Plan around what I can do now and not what I was able to do a year ago.
I discovered about this challenge a few days ago and decided to give it a try. So, here it goes, without any actual planning or preparation, my goals for the next 80 days!
- The Goal: Write 100k of fiction.
- This means 25k in october, 50k in november and 25k in december.
- The intention is to write 1k every day during october and december, with 5 days off. And a mad dash for NaNo because I honestly find it tons of fun.
- The Projects:
- Finish the second draft of A Tale of Two Girls – I’m not counting words here, it’s revision and it’s already half way done.
- Write anthology submission – 15k
- Write Unexpected Change – 50k (This is my NaNo novel. I’m not focusing in the 50k goal but in getting to the end and I suspect it might end up being more than 50k actually)
- Rough draft for 3 short stories (small town series) – each one from 10k to 15k
- Some extras:
- Organize my dump file, look at half written ideas to see if it’s worth keep going.
- Read 5 books.
I’m not sure how doable all this is in that time frame actually. I’m not used to keep track of what gets done and when and I might be completely off here, but I want to give the challenge a try anyway.