It’s not cool or adventurous but it will be about goal setting and perhaps more importantly making them into bite size chunks so I actually finish them. I have been currently reading up on SMART* goals and how I can realistically use them. There is no use me stating by 3rd Dec 2019, I will have a publishing deal when;
a. Im haven’t started editing my manuscript
b. I’m still in draft zero of MS # 2
c. I’m still drafting short story #1 of four I want to write this year.
Not to mention work.
And everything else I need to fit in.
As part of being organised, I have decided to foray into the bullet journal world #bujo. I became interested in this early 2018, I bought a journal and then preceded to watch countless YOUTUBE videos on how to do it. For me that was a big mistake. I was overwhelmed by the artistic talent of some of the presenters. After three days, I quickly abandoned the project and every time I caught sight of the journal I started to worry about my lack of organisational skills. Fast forward 11 months, and I achieved about 20 percent of what I wanted to (ironically at my day job I appeared to reach about 90 percent). My work and personal life philosophy ( organised vs. embrace the chaos) was not going to become my ongoing philosophy for 2019.
Here I am on the path to being organised, considering my favourite phrase is I will wing it, this could be interesting.
What goals are you aiming for?
Do you need an accountability partner?
*SMART stands for specific, measurable, assignable, relevant and time based. There are some awesome YOUTUBE videos and articles on it.
Last week of work before I go on annual leave (sooo much excitement!!!). I still have an essay to write and family arrived a day early….oops.
The words have been flowing and I have embraced trying to write everyday, but more importantly to not beat myself up if I am too tired too or if life sometimes gets in the way. There is always tomorrow.
This week I am celebrating the small wins and the achievement of my small goals. Each tiny step brings me closer to the end. And it’s the journey that counts, right?
Have you had any wins this week?
That may not seem like an achievement but two months ago I deleted over 20k and was left with hundreds of words and a story I still wanted to write but knew I had gone in the wrong direction with. I am grateful, I picked it up at the 20k mark and not at the 50k mark, but I will be honest, it took me a while to get back into it. The thought of discarding the story and moving on did cross my mind, but those pesky characters kept popping up and saying hi, reminding me they existed.
So here I am, three months behind schedule, but I think with a better understanding of my story (its still has its plot bumps I’m working through) and my characters.
For the writerly people out there, have you ever had to stop and bin large amount of words because it wasn’t working. Does it get easier when you have more experience?
RIP Stan Lee, because of you I spent many hours devouring every Marvel comic I could get my hands on. I developed an obsession with X Men and X Force – where I fell in love with the love story of Rogue and Gambit, the strength of Domino and the insanity of Deadpool, long before they became movie icons.
One of my most cherished childhood memories is walking to my local comic store with my best friend as we argued who was better Marvel (me) or DC (her) in the comic verse. This was long before comics were mainstream and being a teenage girl who collected comics was definitely not cool.
You taught me it was acceptable to dream up fantastical but flawed characters, and that even villains no matter how dastardly could have a reason for what they did. That the good guys didn’t win all the time but they kept trying.
Thank you for teaching me to dream and inspiring me to write.
I procrastinated for three and half weeks, visited Shanghai Disneyland but somehow (the gods of procrastination must have been busy or distracted) managed to still submit a synopsis to the RWA (Australia) Selling Submission competition.
I don’t think I have ever been as nervous as I was when I pressed send; ok that might be a slight exaggeration. It was right up there with sending the dubious work email to your boss/work colleague/arch nemesis, where you spend ten minutes re-reading the email and thinking about the pros and cons of sending it. Press send than realise there was a typo and you can’t recall the email back.
But the only way to move forward is to share your work and learn from the feedback you are given. So send I must.
On the bright side, I now have a roadmap for how I think my current WIP ends….or do I?
What has been your experience in entering writing competitions? The good, the bad, the ugly?
One of the other creative hobbies I am trying to reconnect with is photography. What better opportunity to start taking photos again, than the latest total Lunar Eclipse on 27 Jul 18.
Flicking through Facebook and Instagram, there are some amazing, breathtaking out of this world photos. And in no way am I comparing my humble efforts to them. But, for a moment, however briefly, I and thousands of other people from around the world stopped to admire the world.
And it made me smile.
Did you wake up to see it? Have any photos you would like to share?