Hello, hello! I hope everyone had a delightfully scary Halloween! It was pretty dreary around here, so we just sat in the house and waited to see if any trick-or-treaters were going to show up (only my four munchkins showed up). Anyway, since it’s now the first (and apparently national author’s day), I thought I would post something writerly in celebration of the day. Actually, it’s not so much writerly as it is something to hold me accountable to my writerly things. I’m talking about goals. It worked really well for me in September, so I’m posting them publicly again.
1. Write 18,000+ words. I know it’s not NaNoWriMo levels of writing (I like what little sanity I have left, so I don’t participate in that), but it’s something I can accomplish in a reasonable fashion without killing myself. Plus, it leaves me with time to do the rest of the things I have to do each day. But I wish everyone doing NaNoWriMo well. I’ll cheer you on from the sidelines!
2. Read two and a half books. I’m currently in the middle of The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle for my own amusement. I’m supposed to read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate for the book club I’m in. Then, I have an ARC (advanced reader copy) of The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross, also by Tuttle, to review by the end of November. Not to mention reading all the little things I have to keep up with.
3. Revise and send a flash fiction piece out into the slush-void. I got some wonderful feedback from my critique group on the piece I sent to them back in September. They all insisted that I clean it up and send it out. Some of them might flog me if I don’t, so here… it’s officially on my to-do list.
4. Submit a story to my critique group. It’s just another flash piece that I forgot I wrote a long time ago. It suddenly popped back into my head a few days ago. So, after I find it and clean it up a little bit, I’ll send it their way.
5. Last, but not least, I want to write one new short story or flash fiction piece. I know that I mainly want to work on my novel, but I haven’t written anything short in a long time. I miss the feel of completing something in a few days instead of months. I’m probably rusty, but I want to get back to the conciseness inherent in short stories. I’m afraid I’ve grown too accustomed to writing longer pieces. I don’t want to lose the ability to focus on something short.
So yeah. Those are my writerly goals for November. What about you? Is there anything specific you hope to accomplish this month? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Feel free to comment here or on my social media accounts! Let’s hold each other accountable.