Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summer Goals Continued

This summer continues to fly by! Since it’s the last day of July, it’s a good time to check in about my goals and think about August and beyond.

One of my big goals was to keep querying. I decided to tweak my query letter and first pages before sending more queries out and this ended up taking more time than I originally thought it would. I think it was time well-spent though. I guess I’ll find out once I start getting responses (…or not getting responses), but either way I want to know that I did everything I could to be successful in querying. As long as I’m doing that, I can feel comfortable and know that the rest of it is out of my hands.

My other writing goals included writing a PB rough draft (check!) and rereading the rough draft of my latest YA that I wrote in May (check!) So, I’m doing pretty well!

I have three weeks before autumn classes start and I want to make the most of it. I really only have one goal for August and that is to begin revising my YA. But before I can do that, I’m going to summarize each chapter of the book on a notecard, type up a chronological list of edits for this first revision, and probably do some more character sketches to really dive deeper into some of the characters. All of that is time-consuming, but incredibly important.

And, you know, I might want to do a few fun things during my break too! I’m fairly obsessed with the Olympics so I see some TV time in my future and maybe a little more quilting. It’s all about balance! ;)

Here is my monthly calendar as always:

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Summer Goals

I can’t quite believe that it’s July already! This summer is moving much too quickly for me.

May was both productive and crazy. I spent the entire month doing “MayNoWriMo” and ended up finishing a new novel by the end of the month! YAY! 

Final word count chart for MayNoWriMo 

I’m really happy that I pushed myself to finish a first draft quickly. It was a huge challenge and completely new to me (the last time I wrote a first draft it took me a year…I know). Even if I do nothing else for the rest of the summer, I know that I’ve already made so much progress.

June was filled with lots of “life stuff”: starting my summer class, gardening, scrapbooking, and having my son’s 4th party. These are all things that I like to do and things that needed to get done, but I was surprised how much I missed my intensive writing. 

I thought I would luxuriate in the break from writing, but really it just made me crabby. The one nice thing about this realization is that to reaffirms that I’m a writer. I shouldn’t need that confirmation at this point, but I still find it comforting to know that I NEED to write. It’s not a cute hobby or a distraction, it’s a crucial element of my life. I’m not at my best when I’m not writing. Which leads me to my July goals…

I still have two months until autumn semester starts and I want to make the most of them. So, I’m setting some new goals for July (and the rest of the summer):

  • ·         Read my first draft and make a game plan for the revision
  • ·         Revise ½ the novel
  • ·         Write a PB draft
  • ·         Continue to query

That shouldn’t be hard at all, right? ;)

Maybe the goals are ambitious, but clearly I thrive on the challenge. As usual, I’ll continue to update this blog with my progress!