Our local writers group, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, has a marathon month every October. At the end of September each of us participating lists our goals for marathon month. Then we cheer each other on. It’s a month of just writing, just being creative, kicking the infernal internal editor out of the house. It’s our version of NaNoWriMo.
I’ve never met my goal before.
But I decided to set one anyway. At least it would give me something to shoot for. My goals were to attend at least one MTCW meeting for October and to add 10,000 words to my WIP. At the time I set my goals I had not attended a meeting in probably a year. I have not written 10,000 words in the past 3 or 4 years, let alone a month. But what the heck.
I made it to both October meetings. And as of yesterday at 7:45 pm I have written 10,102 words on my novel in October. Talk about Snoopy dancing. 🙂 I’m still pretty excited about it this morning.
But I can’t stop here. This is just a launching point. This is just the kind of month I needed to help me feel like a real writer again. Real writers write. Real writers have goals. And meet them most of the time.
So in the spirit of a real writer I want to share my goals for November: attend both MTCW meetings; write 15,000 words.