Boy, Will I Feel Good When I’m Done

By: Marilyn L. Davis

 

NaNoWriMo is the National Writing Month, held in November. The rules are simple: write your 50,000-word novel from November 1 through midnight November 30. No edit, no revisions, just writing. Last year, I had two friends participating, and one finished the challenge, and one hit the wall at 30,000 words.

While NaNoWriMo might be Mt. Everest, there is a taller mountain. Mauna Kea is over 10,000 meters tall compared to 8,848 meters for Mount Everest – making it the “world’s tallest mountain.” 

Referencing is Relative

Just as the criteria for measuring the mountains rely on different starting points, we writers trap ourselves sometimes with setting the bar too high, to begin with, or we expect too much in the beginning. And sometimes, how we measure our success, oh, and that distasteful word – failure, is not always straightforward. We have to understand our starting point and the point of reference.

My Goals – My Timeline 

Steven Pressfield sums up the issue for any creative endeavor, “The artist cannot look to others to validate his efforts or his calling. If you don’t believe me, ask Van Gogh, who produced masterpiece after masterpiece and never found a buyer in his whole life.”

When people are only writing to accomplish the accolades and income, most get discouraged and quit. Now, before you think that’s a reference to my friend, it’s not. His schedule for November got bogged down with the end of semester requirements, completing an internship at the Press, his job, and making sure that he got A’s in his classes – which he did. Mission accomplished.

Sometimes, our goals change mid-stream, or in his case, mid-month. He realized that he couldn’t produce for NaNoWriMo and fulfill his short-term objectives. But he’s got a good start on his novel, and that’s more than some writers have.

 

2022 Goals and Tracking Progress

 

For 2022, have you decided what your writing goals will be? Without goals, sub-goals, and tracking progress, many writers keep writing, but without direction.

Bill Copeland sums it up as, “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

In essence, if your goal is to score, you continue with progress, and when you are side-tracked with other life issues, you get back on track as soon as possible.

Publish It and Hold Myself Accountable

And before you decide that I’m only preaching and not performing, here are my goals for 2022:

  1. Write from 6 AM until 9 AM, break, edit until 11 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Write from 3 PM until 5 PM. The edits include guest writers for Two Drops of Ink and From Addict 2 Advocate. 
  2. Publish guest posts on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
  3. Create a Sunday Spotlight – every Sunday
  4. Reduce the number of distractions by turning off the phone
  5. I won’t check social media except during breaks or after 5 PM
  6. Create “New Year – New Perspectives” (January, only) for FromAddict2Advocate
  7. Write two posts each month for Two Drops of Ink
  8. Write two posts per week for FromAddict2Advocate
  9. Solicit new writers for Two Drops of Ink and FromAddict2Advocate
  10. Unsubscribe to twenty-four mediocre newsletters
  11. Make an effort to comment on five other writer’s blogs daily
  12. Read

I’m not sure if my goals represent climbing Mt. Everest or Mauna Kea, and it doesn’t matter. This time, next year, when I’m done meeting my objectives and goals, I’ll let you know how the writing, reading, subscribing, learning, and commenting went. Stay tuned. . .

Your Goals? 

Before I get myself bogged down, let me know your writing goals for 2022. 

 

 

 

 

8 comments

    • Thanks for reinforcing that we accomplish a goal by taking small steps towards it. As my granddaughter still says, “One, two, three, whee, we’re getting there.” We used to say this when she was three, and she’s now 19. She resurrected it, her sophomore year when she was trying out for captain of her soccer team. And sometimes, it’s those nonsensical reminders that work.

  1. Having a plan – what a great idea! I haven’t yet written out my 2016 daily goals, but it sure seems like such a great idea.

    • Good afternoon, Peter; can I count on you to help me make some of them happen? You know, most goals take support, encouragement, and determination. I may just have to call upon you for support or encouragement. But it’s reciprocal; I’ll support your goals, too.

  2. Good morning, Lisa; it does look like a lot, but I know that if I don’t make the list, write when I’ve scheduled it, and read about how to improve, I’ll regret some of my actions. Having some goals and working towards them feels productive, so I’m going to put effort into accomplishing these goals this coming year. Stay tuned, I’m sure I’ll have to write about my progress or setbacks at some point.

  3. Wow! You definitely have your work cut out for you! But, even if you accomplish 50% of your goals (which I’m sure you’ll do much better than that) you’ll still be accomplishing a LOT more than most. Your dedication to writing is very inspiring!

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