Hello, hello! August is coming to a close, bringing the beginning of September with it. I’ve been having trouble finding the motivation to keep up with my work, despite my current novel attempt being enjoyable, so I thought I would post my main goals for the coming month right here. I find it more difficult to avoid the things I need to do once someone else knows what my goals are. The potential for public shame is an awesome motivator. Plus, I know I have a few friends who will crack the whip at me if they know I should be doing things and they catch me on Facebook instead.
Goal 1: write 18,000+ words. I know I’m capable of writing 4,500 words a week and September is about four weeks long, so I should at least be writing this much. Only words toward the WIP, short stories/flash pieces, and the blog count towards this number. And only words over my current written words, not revisions. It’s the goal I’ve been struggling with the most, so if I’m slacking, feel free to break out the whip.
Goal 2: read at least 2 books. One book will be for my review on the 27th, and the second will be for a book club I just joined. I’m also currently reading a book with my writing group, but we’re taking it slow, so I might not finish it by the end of the month. I admit that I don’t read nearly enough, so I’m trying to change that. I was able to read 2 books a month at Stonecoast and keep up with my writing, so it seems like a reasonable thing to do.
Goal 3: query 16 more agents. I’ve been querying four a week for what seems like forever now. No, I really have no clue how or why I settled on the number four. But I do know that I’ve currently sent out 84 queries and have no idea how many rejections/assumed rejections (because some agencies don’t send out rejections, but give you a “if you haven’t heard back in x weeks we’re passing” instead) I’ve gathered up and I don’t feel like checking my spreadsheet right now. It’s a numbers game, I’m told, and I’ll keep trying for a while longer. But I’m thinking 100 sounds like a good place to take a break and regroup and wait to see what happens with the queries still in limbo.
Goal 4: submit at least one thing to my critique group. The group seemed to go on hiatus for the past couple of months as our members used the summer for some much needed family time. But now that school has started, critique submissions are starting to trickle in and I want to be among them.
Goal 5: make time to text/message some people besides the usual two or three. Because I’ve been a shitty friend and I know that. I promise I’ll try to be better, but I usually fail miserably at this type of stuff too.
So, those are my September goals. It feels a little overwhelming to see them written out like this, but I can do it. And if I can’t, you get to publicly shame me! What about you? What are your main goals for the month? Feel free to share them here or on my social media pages!
See you next week!