Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

How was your week?  Mine was a little strange in that a water main break caused my day job to be closed for two days.  I spent time writing and cleaning!

I did a good job meeting my goals last week and wrote every day except for one.  Abby said she was pretty successful as well!

Here are my goals for this next week:
1.  Write every day.
2.  Continue working through the assignments for the synopsis workshop.
3.  Finish the moonlight ride scene.
4.  Sort through and organize the scenes for which I have pieces/sections written, so I have a good idea of what I have and what I still need.
5.  Read through DIYMFA--order books from library!

Several things about my goals that may interest some of you.  Goal number two refers to C. J. Redwine's online synopsis workshop.  You can find out about it here.  It is great!  I recommend it, so if she offers it again--sign up!  I'm taking her query workshop, which starts tomorrow.  I've also purchased her book about writing queries, The Query Handbook.  It is very useful and I'm looking forward to the workshop.  Hint:  There's probably still time to sign up for the workshop if you're reading this late Sunday or early Monday, so get going!

Goal number five is about this very cool site I just discovered called DIYMFA or Do It Yourself MFA.  What I've read so far makes sense to me, so I've signed up for their newsletter and the introductory kit.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

I would like to work further through the moonlight ride scene tonight, so I'd better going.  How did your goals go this week?  Some weeks it seems as if meeting them is an easy thing to do, and some weeks it feels like slogging through the mud.  Here's to this being a non-mud slogging week for us all!

Write on!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I'm back!

Yes, I realize it's been more than a year since I last wrote a post on this blog.  And, I don't really have any explanation other than things happen, and you do what you can. 

Some of the things that have happened include my car being wrecked and declared totaled by the insurance company, searching for and purchasing another car (VERY unexpected expense!), major changes at my day job, our sweet dog Boomer suddenly getting sick, having surgery and unexpectedly dying--all within a week.  And, yes, those events all happened with the first six months of 2012.

But, it is now 2013 and I've been rethinking what to do with my blog.  In the midst of all the upheaval in my life, I've spent much time thinking and praying about my writing.  Is this what I'm really supposed to do with my talents and my time?  I believe the answer is "Yes." 

Along those lines, the novel I've been writing, which was drafted out, but still in need of rounds of revision, has changed.  I believe the changes are what the story truly wants to be, but, at times, I lost sight of that and could only see how much more work lies ahead.  Well, I'm letting that go.  I'm going to follow where this story needs to move and do my best to keep my mind away from the calendar.

So what does all this self-knowledge mean?  It means I'm trying something different on my blog for a while.  For the next few months I'm going to be posting weekly and the posts will include information about what I've been reading or books I've heard about, but the main point will be my weekly goals. 

For a while, a co-worker, Abby, who is also a writer, and I have been exchanging weekly goals.  We email them to each other on Fridays, and usually include a little about why we set that goal or how we did on the previous week's goals.  I must admit that some weeks I haven't been too successful, but the actual practice of writing out my goals and sending them to someone meant I had to think about what I wanted to accomplish and break down the steps to get there.

Then, this past week I received my pre-ordered copy of Michael Nobbs' new book, Drawing Your Life.  I read his blog and follow him on twitter, and I recommend his book.  One of the points he makes (well, it's what I got out of it!) is that we don't have to look at the huge goal; we can achieve our goal one page a time, one word at a time.  I knew this, but I'm working to remember that I can achieve my goal of being the best writer, the best artist, I can be by taking one step at time.

Here are my goals for this week:

1.  Write every day.
2.  Go through my previous notes and put together the pieces and sections I have already written to complete the moonlight ride scene.

Yes, I realize these goals are not huge, but, so far I've been able to meet them.  I'll let you know next Friday or Saturday how I did.  And, I'll post my new goals.

How was 2012 for you?  How has 2013 been so far?  What about your goals?  Do you have any you want to share?