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I’m doing quarterly goals for my writing

Some time ago I searched online for something along the lines ofย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I just need to force myself to do it.

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To be good you have to begin. To be better you have to continue.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ofย  that is that I’ll be quite flexible in later life.

 

 

 

 

 

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Your money or your life

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Fail to plan, plan to fail. But what if your plans involve a future that most people will only call a dream?

Once my grandmother refered to my Arts degree as useless, (though not in those exact words). That’s probably because she comes from an era of where practically no one got a tertiary education, or even completed a secondary one. I’m always still surprised when an elderly person mentions that they have a degree – yes that’s right. I’m the first in my family/direct line to go to university. Both my parents never completed high school.

You’ve heard that statement that most people think that they’ve got at least one book in them, but most people won’t bother with even trying to start it, let alone complete it, or even get it out there. Then there are a very small minority that do manage to do all those things. I’m one of those people and if you think you’re one of those people then don’t give up on your plans to achieve your dreams.

When I was doing my undergraduate I was like after uni I’ll just get a job that allows me to write in my spare time. Thus fulfilling that basic need for money to cover my expenses and not take up too much of my personal time. Hospitality work seems to be a perfect fit. But constantly working nights can be stressful. Sometimes I yearn for the times I was back in Australia unemployed because then I had nothing but time. It appears that my life is a double-edged sword.

Lots of time and limited money or decent money but reduced time. But people don’t want what they have, they want what they don’t have.

The life of a writer.

But I woundn’t have it any other way.