I managed to complete a second draft of The Things We Do today 🙂 It’s just under 25,000 words and I’m hoping to have the novella out at the end of the year 🙂 It is also the second goal completed on my quarterly goals list 🙂
I think the reason why I was able to complete this 41 A4 page story is because it was mainly better written then my previous stories. When I was writing it, I often had to take breaks because I was doing split shifts for work. It gave my mind time to process how and what I was going to write next. I’m actually impressed with myself.
This is a sign that I’m maturing as a writer 🙂 I feel like I’m starting to come into my own with this craft. I’m becoming more mature in my content, more capable of writing said ideas and themes. I’m gaining confidence to write what I want without worrying about how people might view it in relation to me and that gives me such freedom 🙂
Some time ago I searched online for something along the lines of goal templates. I ended up getting a whole bunch of hits in the marketing sector involving quarterly goals. But I didn’t let that get to me, I can adapt to it. So I decided that I’d try to have my writing goals set to three-month time periods. That’s a decent amount of time for having a few goals. Not loo long, not too short 🙂
Last night I managed to finish my initial draft of The Things We Do, something I had kind of dragged my heels about for two weeks because I wasn’t quite sure how stylistically I was going to end it. But I was just like screw it and changed what character was being focused on.
So now my goals from now until end of July are;
- Second draft of The Things We Do.
- Another draft of The Backup Girl.
- Finish writing a first draft of Beyond This Small Moon of Ours.
The last goal has been inactive since last year. I pretty much have most of the story planned out and quiet a chunk written, but I went and let myself be distracted by other stories. My bad 😦
I have this ultimate yearly goal of publishing three/four stories. So far I’ve got one short story out there, so I’m partially there 🙂 I just need to force myself to do it.
I recently came across this article about the realistic timeframe of what writers/authors/artists should expect in regards to becoming a full-time and/or self-sufficient in their craft. Ten years (that’s the answer), it seems both a long time, but kind of a realistic one to me. But ten years from what starting point? I had the desire to become a writer at the age of 13, but went to uni to do the right course at the age of 20. I didn’t self publish my first book until 2015, when I was 25.
Maybe it’s when I started to write a lot, which would have been from the age of 20 onwards as I had to write assignments. I still remember the compliment I got from one of my teachers in my last year of undergrad, in which she said that I had improved a lot since I began. One of the benefits of going to a smaller university 🙂
Will I become decent at the age of 30? Or maybe I’ll have to wait until later? But how long? When I think about the future I prove to myself that I do not have much long-term foresight for myself. Apart from writing and having a job to support myself, it’s seemingly pretty blank. But I suppose one of the benefits of that is that I’ll be quite flexible in later life.