Writerly Goals 2016

Goal setting, Increasing productivity, Writing
Last week I shared my accomplishments of 2015 and--in the interest of both accountability and education--today I'm going to share my goals for the year of 2016. This year I've actually also divided the goals into quarters and even figured out how far to progress on each goal during the first four months of the year. Of course, this is always subject to change, but I'm pretty proud of the way I've broken things down: 1. Submit Good Bye to 30 publishers(or until I get a contract) -- Good Bye is actually a novella so this is a somewhat ambitious number, but it's totally doable. January: Finish editing Good Bye and edit the synopsis/query(queries will be customized but the blurb will be the same for each one) 3-5 times. Submit the initial batch…
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Tactics for when you’re stuck on rewrites

Editing, Goal setting, Writing
I've spent a long time in rewrites--first working on Moonshadow's Guardian, then the second draft of my 2011 Nanovel--and the last two weeks have been the most unpleasant of all. Each day I wrote a page, maybe less, of the actual novel and spent hours entranced in other writing. Avoiding the novel itself. Late last week I hunkered down, figured out the issue causing my avoidance and worked through it. Now I'm back to work on my novel, confident I won't stall again. When you've been working on the same project for a long time it can be difficult to continue. You start to lose your enthusiasm and writing becomes like walking on hot coals. Every scene seems an insurmountable challenge. The book itself becomes a monster you avoid like…
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Week 4

Goal setting, Inspirational, Nanowrimo, Writing
Judgement day is now very near. Our days to finish the novels we've been working on this November are almost over, and it's time for the final push. It doesn't matter if you have 49, 000 words or 5, 000 words, be ruthless this week. Cut out as much of your socializing as you can and beg or bribe someone else to do your housework. Your focus should be on writing this week, and getting as close to 50, 000 words and "the end" as possible. It's entirely possible that if you free up enough time, you can write almost your entire novel this week. So don't despair if you're behind, and if you're ahead, keep pushing yourself towards the end. Of course there's some things you still need to…
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How to make the most of this weekend

Goal setting, Inspirational, Nanowrimo, Writing
Tonight marks the beginning of the last full weekend of Nanowrimo, and no matter where you are in your word count--unless you're one of those lucky people who has already finished their novel--it's important to make the most of your time. By creating specific goals and a detailed plan, you can balance your weekend between social commitments, housework and writing, and get a lot done. Most people recommend working in short bursts and then taking short breaks. Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA suggested the Pomodoro Technique during her writing marathon last weekend, which involves working on something for a 25 minute period and then taking a five minute break. I personally find that how long I like to work on tasks depends on the task--often a blog post will take…
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Progress Report April 2013

Goal setting, Writing
April's been a pretty exciting month for me. I got a job writing, editing and promoting blog posts for DJiZM Disc Jockey Services and I'm thrilled to be working with them. I'm also working on becoming a paid contributor to a large Canadian music blog, but I can't reveal too much about that yet. I'm still behind on my personal goals, but I did make more progress in April than I did in March, so let's take a look: April progress Editing Moonshadow's Guardian-- I ended up only editing four chapters of Moonshadow's Guardian this month instead of six, but I am making progress. I've now created a concrete plan to make more time for writing, both personal and professional, and I'm hoping to actually do six chapters in May.…
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Rules for Productivity

Goal setting, Inspirational, Writing
I mentioned last week that I realized I was over committed. The truth is, I've known it for a while, but I denied it. I wanted to be super woman, to be able to manage eighteen projects at once while still in school and even working. Unfortunately, I'm not super woman, and I reached a point where I couldn't deny it anymore. So I decided to create a plan. But it didn't turn out to be like any other plan. Instead, it's a list of rules. Some of it is taking my own advice from my series on finishing projects. I know how to finish a project. I've written over a dozen novels. Yes, editing is always slower work for me, but that's no excuse for the pace I've been…
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Writing Goals 2013

Goal setting, Writing
In the last month I've been talking a lot about goals. So have thousands of other people--so many that you might even be sick of hearing about it. Well, for those of you who are sick with new years resolution talk, I'm sorry, but please bear with me. Today I'd like to share my writing goals for the next year with you both so that I can be held accountable to what I'm doing over the next year and so that you can see why I chose each goal and get an idea how to structure your own list of writing goals for the year. Goals 2013 Finish editing Moonshadow's Guardian--This has been on my list forever. It's been shunted aside due to injury, Nanowrimo and post-Nanowrimo burnout, but I'm…
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Re-Evaluating your Writing Goals

Goal setting, Inspirational, Novels, Short Fiction, Writing, Writing: The Process
It's that time of year again. Everyone's after your money, the houses are all lit up with half a dozen colours, and people are singing in the streets. The new year is right around the corner and it's time to start re-evaluating our lives and deciding what changes we want to make next year. For us writers, it's important to look carefully at what we want to achieve in the next year. For those of you who are hobby writers and plan to keep it that way, you need to pick a goal that's reasonable and that fulfils your creative needs. For those of us who are aiming to become professional authors, we need to look even more carefully at our goals to make sure that they're really moving us…
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Staying Motivated When Life Interrupts

Goal setting, Inspirational, Journalling, Short Fiction, Workshops, Writing
The last couple of weeks have marked the beginning of school for many of us. Personally I'm very excited to begin the new school year, knowing that it moves me one step closer to graduation and from there I can begin the rest of my life. I'm also excited because I've got some great classes this semester--particularly Aboriginal Studies and Law--but all the excitement in the world doesn't stop me from catching sick. Which is, unfortunately, what happened to me last week. I spent most of the weekend in bed, so this is a very short post. Despite my sickness and not getting much done--I managed to forget my school binder at a friend's house on Friday evening because I was so out of it--I did manage to write a…
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Discipline

Novels, Writing, Writing: The Process
This year most of my goals revolve around one thing: discipline. In past years I have fallen off of the writing bandwagon. I have forgotten to blog for weeks on end, and I have failed to finish several projects. I have not made the amount of time for my writing that I should have. In short, I have not been disciplined enough. But things are changing this year. This summer I turn eighteen and I will finally be old enough to sign a book contract. This year I have to put in the effort. This year I have to pull myself together and finish, edit, and submit. I have often said that I do not have a part time job because I spend the time I would spend at such…
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