Planning and Dreaming

Getting into the nitty gritty for my 2018 plan. And, I’m excited!! I’m using a planner from Dragontree called Rituals for Living Dreambook and Planner. I love it!! Learn about it here.ย (No, I am not an affiliate and do not make any money if you click the link or buy the product.)

What I love about it is that in the pre-planning I wrote my short term and long term goals and dreams. Even the crazy ones, the far out ones, the ones I would never tell anyone. Then I decide what I want to accomplish in the next year, three years, ten years, lifetime. Then I focus on the next year, break that down into quarters, then months, then weeks. Drill those dreams down to a workable plan.

2018 is coming.

Are you ready?

Do you have a plan?

What’s your vision?

Resurrection

I’m back!! I have no idea where this will go. But I’m planning my editorial calendar for 2018. I’m not sure if I’ll post much between now and January 1. But I do have a plan.

So, stay tuned.

And, I really have not given up on my writing goals. They have been adjusted, however.

More on that later.

If you’re still here, thanks. You deserve a prize.

Fab Friday

Changing it up a bit from Friday Favorites to Fab Friday. Why? Just feels right.

Bought the Simplify and Intentional Life Planner downloads from Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog.ย She does amazing printables. While she offers many printables for free on her site, she does do some paid downloads a couple of times per year.

I’m working on goals, and how to get to where I want to be in ten years (or less). I don’t want to be at retirement age with no way to retire. Honestly, I’d like to retire from traditional healthcare early and enjoy life for a while.

So check out Abby’s blog. Check out her printables. See what you think.

How are you staying on track with your goals? Do you write them down with detailed plans? Do you have a vision board? What’s your scheme?

Sunday Round Up and Goals for Next Week

Last week was mostly a bust. At least after Wednesday. I did meet my word count goal of 4k words by bedtime Tuesday. I actually had over 5k! I did blog three days. But on the work out front? Big old fail. I did do my back PT exercises one day and about five minutes of a yoga video one day. But I was sick most of the week with a sinus infection.

So, let’s move from the land of unmet goals to the land full of possibility, AKA next week.

  1. I want end Friday with 10k words on my Camp NaNo project.
  2. Thirty minutes of yoga three days during the week.
  3. Walk thirty minutes three days during the week.

No reason I can’t meet those goals.

 

And, speaking of Camp NaNo, we have an awesome local leader who has planned many events for us throughout the month. Unfortunately I’ve only been able to attend one event. This morning she had us to her house for yoga and write. Three of us participated. We spent about forty five minutes doing some very gentle beginner yoga. Many years (a couple of decades actually) ago I practiced yoga on a daily basis. I realized today how much I miss it.

After yoga we did a thirty minute word sprint. So awesome to write with friends. Great fellowship.

 

Midyear Review 2016

Using Lisa Jacobs’ guide that you can find here, I spent a couple of hours this morning looking back over the past six months. Though the exercise is designed specifically for a creative business, something you could market on Etsy, I chose to use the exercise as more of a life plan check up.

It was eyeopening.

I was brutally honest with myself. I admitted that all I want to do is to write, not make jewelry, not weave chainmaille, not really anything else. I know the odds of making it as a writer. I’ve heard them all my life. That’s why I quit writing for so long. Why fight the odds? Why battle the fear, the procrastination, the anxiety?

Because it’s all I want to do.

I know the stats, and I know how hard it can be.

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There was a lot more to the review. I learned a lot about myself. I wrote down what it is I crave in life. I think most people crave similar things-purpose, joy, hope.

I started a blueprint to help me reach some goals in different areas-financial, mental, spiritual, relational.

Do you have a life plan? How often do you review your goals and how to get from where you are to where you want to be? Are you living in fear like I have been most of my life?

Sunday Round Up and Goals for Next Week

One of my goals for the week ending was to resume blogging. I’ve done that. I’ve written my blog post due dates on my calendar. I posted Friday and today. My schedule will be Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The second was to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. I set up my profile and my project. I joined and became active in a cabin. Yesterday Camp NaNo launched. I wrote. Yay! My goal for July’s Camp NaNo is 20,000 words. Definitely a reasonable number.

I have three goals for next week.

  1. Continue working on my Camp NaNo story. I’d like to have at least 4,000 words by bedtime Tuesday 7/5.
  2. Work out at least four days-aerobic component all four days, weight machine work out on three of those days concentrating on upper body.
  3. Add a blog post Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Did you meet your goals for this past week? If not what can you do differently to meet your goals? What’s on your calendar for the upcoming week? What project most excites you right now?

 

Working the Plan

The first full week of my April goal plan is over. How did I do? Great! I met all my goals for the week-YAY!!

  1. I wrote 3676 words (goal -3000)
  2. I posted three times on my blog (goal -three posts)
  3. I worked on my short story on Tuesday (goal -work on short story every Tuesday)
  4. I decided to enter ICL’s novel writing contest (goal -make a firm decision by mid month)

Did you set goals for the week? The month? Do you have a longterm plan? Are you on track to meet your goals?

March Goal Update or How I Failed and Succeeded at the Same Time

Short answer to the question Did I meet my March goals? Nope.

But I did learn some stuff.

Recap-my March goals looked like this:

  • 2 days off writing per week
  • Add 3000 words to my story per week
  • Complete the draft of one article
  • Complete the draft of one short story
  • Install a word count tracker on my site
  • Research magazine markets

My March reality looked like this:

  • Most weeks took more than 2 days off writing
  • Added 8229 words to my WIP
  • Did not even work on an article
  • Managed a partial rewrite of a short story
  • Installed a StoryToolzย word count tracker on my site
  • Ordered and received Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers 2016, no research yet

So even though I technically failed, here’s why I count the month a success. I set some reasonable goals and tracked them. Every weekend I looked back at the week to see where I was in relation to my goals. I’m going this monthly evaluation. This is more goal setting/evaluating than I’ve done in Y.E.A.R.S.

Takeaways include learning that I’m not really very good at working on several writing projects at once. At least not yet. I write better, or easier, away from the house. I’m much more easily distracted than thirty years ago. Furthering my writing involves things other than actually writing. I’ve missed reading. A lot. (I’m on Goodreads and participate in the reading challenge-plan to blog about it this week.) Goal setting is good for me. Success does not always look like a checked off to do list.

Did you set goals for March? Did you meet them? What did you learn from setting and evaluating your progress?

 

 

March Goals: Week One Follow Up or Where Am I?

Even though it ‘s not a full week into March, I’m going to do my first week follow up today. Sunday will be a day of reflection and follow up as far as my writing goals are concerned.

So how did I do?

Over all, pretty good. I’m satisfied with my progress in a way that leaves me excited about where I’m headed.


 

Goal One: Two days off per week

This may be the easiest goal to accomplish since I’m basically lazy. ๐Ÿ˜€ But, yes, met this one. Took a couple of days off earlier in the week. What that means is that I need to write today since Sunday has typically been my day off writing.


 

Goal Two: Add 3000 words to WIP each week

I only added 2349 words to my WIP, so I failed to meet this goal. But the month (week) only started Tuesday, and I do plan to write today, so I’ll count this as a draw rather than a loss.


 

Goal Three: Complete the rough draft of one article

I have not worked on this yet. It’s not due until the end of the month. I do have work on this project scheduled this week. I’ll have an update next Sunday.


 

Goal Four: Complete the rough draft of one short story

Same as above. I have not started this project yet, but do have some work on it scheduled.


 

Goal Five: Set up a WIP word count tracker

Done! Woo Hoo! I’m using StoryToolz. You can see the counter in the sidebar on the right side of the page.


 

Goal Six: Research magazine markets

I have started this. I have a the Kindle version of the ย 2016 Writer’s Market. I ordered the 2016 Children’s Magazine Market from Institute of Children’s Literature late last week. I hope to receive it this week.


 

Overall, I think I’m off to a great start. Next weekend during my reflection time I will start working on writing out my April goals.

Have you made progress on your March goals? How do you track your progress?

Things I Learned During the #LeapAheadWritingMarathon

In February I joined my friend, Kaye Dacus, in a writing marathon. Kaye set up the marathon to focus more on developing commitment to writing rather than setting a word count goal alone. With great enthusiasm, I joined in the fun.

Along the way I (re) learned some things about myself and my approach to writing.

  1. My heart’s deep desire is to write. I’d let that passion dim over the years due to fear.
  2. I LOVE children’s literature and want to write it. I started out writing for kids, but turned to writing for adults years ago. I can’t even remember why. But this month, I returned to my roots.
  3. The more I write in my personal journal, the more I write other things.
  4. Although I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, AKA pantser, I need to develop and use some way to create a story skeleton. Not a detailed outline. That might choke me to death. But a bare bones, one or two sentences about each story beat guide to keep me at least in the same story world throughout the process.
  5. Even though I’m an introvert of the highest order, I need my friends. My writing friends, especially, help me stay grounded, and keep me inspired.
  6. Social media derails me. Shortly after the start of the #LeapAheadWritingMarathon I began to limit my social media time. Wow, what a difference, not only in my productivity, but in my emotional state.
  7. Finally, I learned that I can be committed to writing and be afraid at the same time, and my head won’t spontaneously ignite.

Today March blew in with gusto, and Kaye started another writing marathon for our private little group of writing friends. I’m so stoked!! My goals for March may seem weird, but hang with me.

  1. Take two days per week off writing. I can still study and plan, but no actual writing. (Journaling doesn’ count.)
  2. Add at least 3,000 words per week to my novel length WIP.
  3. Complete the rough draft of at least one article.
  4. Complete the rough draft of at least one short story.
  5. Set up some type of WIP and word count tracker. (Maybe Story Toolz?)
  6. Start researching markets for the short pieces. I plan to spend one of the non-writing days each week on this.

I can’t even begin to explain how GREAT it feels to the passion for my dream back. ๐Ÿ˜€