The ROW80 host blog posted today “Okay we’re a bit over a week in. I know I’m already making revisions to my goals. Are you?”.
Why, yes! Yes, I am.
It’s not so much that my goals have changed from the beginning, it’s that I didn’t really set out ALL of my writing related goals in my original post for ROW80. So, today, I’m taking the opportunity to set that little bit straight.
Aside from adding 30,000 words to my story (to which I’ve added 1200 words so far this week) here are my other goals:
- Social Media: I have removed myself almost entirely from my personal Facebook account and have turned my focus towards my Facebook Page and Twitter. There are two separate goals within that move. One is that spending personal time on Facebook because a huge time suck. I’m not the kind of person that can just go on, read a couple of things and leave. No sir. If I’m on, I’m on for a while. So I’ve essentially released a lot more time for writing into my day by ignoring my friends…eh hem…I mean, not getting engaged in all the things going on in Facebook. Happily I have other methods of socializing with my friends. The second part is that by focusing on my Facebook page and Twitter, I’m starting to connect more with other writers. BUT also…my Facebook page and Twitter are a main carrier for my Blog posts. In working this more synchronised fashion, I feel that I am more effective and staying more focused.
- Blog: I’ve always wanted my blog to be a bit more than it was. I worried that it was too diverse but, in many ways, this is kind of the charm of my blog. It encompasses anything and everything. I have,however, narrowed down the topics on which I’d like to focus and write. I even made myself a calendar. The topics still give me enough creative wiggle room, but I also know where I need to focus every day.
- Writers Groups/Activities: I will continue to attend the monthly sessions of my SciFi/Fantasy writers group, the Ottawa Science Fiction Society’s dinners, and I’m hoping to start attending the Chiaroscuro Reading Series as often as possible. I’m also volunteering for an event that is being organised for next summer called Prose in the Park. It’s something new to Ottawa – kind of like Art in the Park for books. Really looking forward to that.
- Reading: Between reading for pleasure and reading for the purpose of critiquing, I’ve got a lot of reading to do. I’m not a particularly fast reader but when critiquing for someone, I’m very thorough. Right now, for pleasure, I’m reading Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen which is so far just delightful and for critique, I’m reading part of a draft of the final book in the Eye of Zul Saga by Ken Byars – who happens to be a very talented and prolific writer in my SciFi/Fantasy writers group. It’s always exciting to read my friends and colleagues new works!
I think that about covers it. Honestly, I think that should keep me quite busy for the next 80 days! What do you think?
Until next time, keep busy and stay out of trouble (well, mostly). 🙂