It’s already the first Monday of November. Can you believe it? And you know what that means! It’s time to fess up. Tell us what you did (or didn’t) accomplish toward your creative goals for October, then share your November goals.
So are you ready to play ‘I’ll show you mine, you show me yours’? As always, I’ll go first. This month, though, I’m going to do this a little differently. No harsh words for myself. No disappointment. Celebration and appreciation for what I did get done. It’s all part of incorporating self compassion into my creative process. I’ll write more about that in next week’s post. But for now, time for some self-compassionate accountability.
1) Finish the novella revision. Done. I promised you I’d stop talking about this soon because I needed to just finish the damn revision. And now I have! However…I know what you’re thinking. Here we go again. More about this novella. But this is a good thing. I’m holding onto this draft while I revise book 1 and complete book 2 so I can build in some of the things I discover about this story world as I write other characters’ HEAs. Yay me!
2) Finish the next 30,000 words in my WIP. By the time October’s post was on the blog, I’d amended this to read finish Act II of the WIP, which I estimated to be about 25k words. DONE! I finished Act II, outlined the rest of the scenes for the novel, and started Act III. I also streamlined Acts I and II, so that in the end, I netted over 26k new words. Yipee!
3) Get on a writing schedule. DONE! I’ve slipped a little this past week due to LIFE, but I was kind to myself about it, acknowledged that I can do better, and am going to have faith in my ability to get back to my good habits this week. I am writer, see me write!
1) Keep up the writing habit of at least one writing session of 3 hours or 2500 words, whichever comes first, a minimum of 4 days a week. This is a minimum, and I hope my schedule and my creative brain will allow me to add sessions as I go. But even meeting this minimum will help me reach the higher-level goal of 10k words per week.
2) Complete the first draft of my WIP. I’m expecting this book to fall somewhere between 75k – 80k, which means 20-25k more words before I type The End. This is totally doable. See #1 above.
This month, I’m doing something a little different. I’m including a few longer-term – in this case, two-month – goals, because I really need to get them on the books and I’d really like a place to come and be accountable for them. So:
1) Finish the damn website. Jeanne has inspired me! I’ve started and stopped and postponed and delayed this thing, mostly because I bought a not-so-cheap package that was supposed to help me do it myself. Um, can you say Luddite? Yeah, it might be time for professional help. I’ll start with tech service at Company with Expensive Product (although I’ve tried that in the past), then might have to start from scratch and engage a web designer.
2) Revise book 1 of the Victorian Romance series. By the end of December, I should have sent the novella to a professional editor. If I stay on track with the book 1 revision, I can have it ready for critique readers around that same time.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us where you succeeded and where you fell short in October. Bonus points if you can do it compassionately and appreciatively. Honor yourself for showing up. Promise to do better if you didn’t do as much as you’d hoped. Start with the positive – what made you proud, joyful, or sure that your creativity was on the right track? And then tell us what wonderful, joyful goals you’re reaching out to grab in November!