Welcome to the Eight Ladies Writing monthly goal-setting / holding-each-other-accountable post. Yes, it really has been a month since the last one.
Time flies when you’re having fun, right?
“I enjoy hard work; I love setting goals and achieving them.” ~ Jewel
I’ll go first.
My specific goal for August was to complete the four scenes that I knew were missing from my story (one scene a week).
Yeah, that didn’t happen.
Here’s what did happen. My house was infested with ants. Seriously, everywhere I looked, there they were – sink, bathtub, floor, laundry basket, bed (that was really annoying), swarming out of the outlets, trailing along the window frames, all over the kitchen cupboards – little ant highways as far as the eye could see. Anyway, that meant that a lot of my time was spent cleaning ants off things, trying to get rid of them via non-toxic methods, more cleaning, resorting to spraying Raid all over, more cleaning, finding yet another busy ant highway, and finally resorting to the use of Terro (thanks to all who recommended it). They’re all dead now.
Some good came out of all of that cleaning, besides a sparkling clean house. It gave me a lot of time to do story brainstorming. So, while I did not wind up with four completed scenes for my current manuscript, what I did wind up with is the first two acts of a new contemporary story all plotted out, with the third act coming along nicely. The characters have names, the scenes have beats (maybe not great ones, but beats all the same), and I’m pretty confident I’ve got the conflict-lock down pat.
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ~ Douglas Adams
Not the progress I had planned to make this month, but really good nonetheless. It has also been a really good boost to my creativity, which had been in very short supply in recent months. All in all, I’m going to call it a win even if the destination I hit was not the one I was actually aiming for.
This does mean, however, that I need to be a more aggressive with my goals this month in order to stay on target. So, that means setting aside the new, fun story, and getting back to work on The Traitor. I need to finish those four scenes, incorporate the beta feedback, and get the manuscript ready to go out to the agents who have requested it. Piece of cake, right?
Now it’s your turn. Jeanne, Rachel, Kat, Kay, Michaeline – you all made writing plans for August – how did those go? Did you wind up with improved sexual chemistry, a book out for critiquing, a full draft done, revisions finished, or a new (draft) scene every day? Inquiring minds want to know.
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
For all of you out there, what are your (specific and achievable) goals for the September? What can we hold you accountable for?