Mid-Month Check Up

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Time to check those April goals. Where are you on track? Where do you need to catch up? Where do you need to adjust or go a different direction?

Here’s my progress so far.

I added 4293 words to my story last week, well ahead of my goal of 3000. They will be heavily edited, eventually, but that’s okay. Can’t edit what isn’t written, right?

I posted on my blog three days last week. That hits my goal exactly.

I worked on revisions on my short story on Tuesday. That also hits my goal exactly.

So, I’m on track for April.

Doesn’t it feel good to meet goals? When I meet a goal it gives me a little more confidence that I can realize my writing dreams.

So let’s hear it. Where are you with your April goals?

April Goals or Getting There From Here

Bright Yellow FlowerYes, I know it’s a weed. I know most people cringe when they see them in their yards. But, I think it’s pretty, happy, joyous even. That yellow shouts “Spring!” And, it makes me happy. Color me weird.

What does a photo of a dandelion in my yard have to do with my April goals? Well, other than the bright, happy color makes me smile, dandelions are tenacious, strong, stubborn. In short, they never give up. Ever. Mow them down? Sure. They are back the next day.

That’s my motto for my goals. So I didn’t meet my goals for March. I learned from them. And I’m still here. Strong. Stubborn.

I carried over my weekly word count goal, but set more concrete dates. I also carried over revising the short story I’m working on. I’m letting go of the nonfiction piece for a couple of months.

  • Add 3k words per week to my WIP due on April 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Blog posts due on April 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
  • Short story revision-work on this every Tuesday
  • Make a firm decision about whether or not to enter the Institute of Children’s Literature‘s novel contest (entry due by 6/15/16)

Ambitious list, for sure. But, like the strong, stubborn, happy dandelion, I stand on my deep roots, refusing to give up.

Do you have some goals for April? How are you positioning yourself to meet them?