Its two days until the Romance Writers Australia (RWA) annual conference, can you tell I am excited???
Spoiler alert: I am!
Last year I attended my first RWA conference, and it was an eye opener. It was full of fantastic craft workshops, great networking events and more importantly, I found my tribe.
I have read countless articles about the importance of finding your tribe, and like many other people, I paid it off. I am at heart an introvert, the last thing I ever want to do is mingle with strangers, but I can honestly say that it was worth it. A writer’s conference is probably the only type of event, where introverts surround you and everyone wants to discuss their favourite books or what they are writing.
If you haven’t worked up the courage yet to attend one, even for a day. Be brave. Take the plunge. It’s worth it!
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?