August 3, 2011

ROW 80 Check In: A Means to an End

Mom and I wrote our first novel, Depression Cookies, over ten years; not ten years of writing, but ten years from idea to reality. A Round of Words in 80 Days is the first time I've ever written 11,000 words in a month (outside a few crazy semesters in college, and love letters don't count, right?). Keeping the big picture in mind, I'm thrilled with my progress so far.

I am learning so much from my fellow participants about writing and setting goals. Visiting and commenting on these blogs will be a focus for the remainder of this week. I fell so far behind on my blog visiting these past few days, but this week I will show some love.

My goal the rest of the week: visit and comment on at least 15 ROW 80 blogs plus 10 other influential blogs.

This week was crazy, but aren't they all? Monday we found out Depression Cookies was a finalist in two categories of the 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards, and I survived my first ever live radio interview. Yeah!

I added 658 words total since my last check in, but I worked for hours on my manuscript. I wrote a pivotal scene and spruced up several more. New total: 11,721. Extra credit this week: I wrote 1,022 words for my highlighted author interview which will appear on Monday, August 15. More details soon.

My goal the rest of the week: spend an hour a day minimum working on the sequel, whether it's outlining, character charts, editing, etc versus focusing so much on my word count tally.

I edited 10 pages total these last few days, but my goal this week is to do 5 pages a day. Finally, I will finish two books by Sunday. Wish me luck!

For inspiration:

“Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that you give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.” Anthony Robbins

If you make goals, do you feel compelled to meet them or do they only serve to clarify what you really need?


Wendy Jane said...

Sounds to me like you have been super busy. Good job on everything. Congrats on the "Readers", that is exciting. And keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your new goals. You've done great so far so keep it up.
I like the quote about goals. I agree. If it was the goal itself that we really wanted, why would we set some more afterwards? Although I tend to beat myself if I don't move towards a goal, my mourning in case of failure never lasts for long. I always have something new in mind.

Em said...

Really like "They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction." If I make I often fail at them, it is the public declaration that makes me feel compelled to meet them.

Good luck with all your goals this week!

Karen deBlieck said...

Sounds like you are doing an awesome job!! I love your blog and hope that you have a great week!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks everyone for your encouragement. Sometimes I think my goals frustrate me, especially during the summer while visiting family. These same goals also spur me to action.

Hope you are all having good weeks, too!