Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday May 7th #writemotivation Check-In

It's a #writemotivation month again, so every Monday I'll be blogging about how things are coming with meeting my goals for the month.

Some Mondays I might talk about some other things too, but today's been rather hectic, so I'm going to keep this brief.

I hope that everyone in #writemotivation is off to a good start; I will see about getting around to see your check-ins soon myself.

1) Except for a Memorial Day Weekend blogging hiatus, keep all my writing routines -- Daily Writing Chain (aka Seinfeld Chain), blogging schedule, etc. - Well, no interruptions so far.
2) Write and submit one or more short stories for the first time. - I have written one new story (about 1000 words) but will not be submitting it right now. It's for a private forum competition and I'll be waiting to see what feedback I get from that before sending it out for a regular submission.
3) Make revisions to my non-fiction project based on feedback and my own editing of it. - The person who is planning to look at the first draft of the main portion of this project is intending to get to reviewing it in the next few days. Once I get that feedback, I'll see about trying to move forward with it.
4) Write 7,500 words of new fiction. - I'm standing at 1,722 words for the month right now which is almost exactly on pace. I'm hoping to get one good writing day in this weekend and get several thousand words written.
5) On 5/31, have two non-time-sensitive blog posts written and ready for future use on a day when I'm not able to post something "new." - I've done the work to get to having two of these ready to go now. Let's see if I can "avoid" having to use them between now and the end of the month.
6) Launch at least one new eBook - I don't know which will be my May eBook, but I'm still intending to meet this goal, probably very late in the month.


  1. Excellent! You're just chipping away at all the goals. Perfect way to do this. I envy your consistency :D

    Here's to a really productive May!

  2. May is off to a really great pace for you. Each goal has productivity. That is wonderuful.

    Keep it up! #writemotivation!!

  3. Good luck with all those goals!! I just started the first draft of a new MG fantasy.

  4. Thanks, KT, Angela and Alexia for your comments. Good luck with each of your goals!

  5. I just wanted to say I really like how you may your goals public like this. Must add a bit more motivation to the week, huh?

    1. Yes, for me, writing down my goals and doing regular "status checks" is very good for helping me to be honest with myself about the types of progress I am making and not making.

      I also think it can help other people to see that even though I work at things every day, I don't meet all of my goals. I think -- similar to your guest post last week -- it's easy to see other peoples' successes and feel down about yourself. That's why I think it's valuable to write about my own successes *and* non-successes. ("Failures" just sounds too harsh in this context...) It means I'm being honest with myself and if it helps someone else feel better about their own progress then all the better.

  6. *passes the cookies*

    You're always so on task! Congrats! I am constantly reminding myself that I canNOT compare myself with other people. :D

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, Jamie!