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.
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.
Clarity, a good hook, productive ambiguity, emotional honesty and intention. These are some things publishing houses look for in an unsolicited manuscript.
Omniscient or Limited? What third person POV do you use for your story?
I once went to a talk by Charlaine Harris. It was back in Australia and it was held in a cinema. I almost missed it, if it wasn’t for my friend Will being a member at this book store chain (can’t remember which one). There was an email for members, inviting them to listen to her. I think it ended up being sold out actually. Anyway one of the things she mentioned was that when she first published her Sookie Stackhouse series, there was no other books like hers on the market. She was the first of that genre. Then as time went on other works from different people were added. Charlaine didn’t let the fact that her books didn’t fit into a genre back then stop her. She went full steam ahead and created an entire series of them.
The point is that as a writer, do not write for the current trends of the market. If you do you could finish your book just as the hype is over and then what. You’ve spent all this time on a book that is no longer in demand. Instead write what you love and want to read. Writers get to decide what the public wants because often the public do not know what they like until they are offered something different.
I read somewhere some time ago that most people inadvertently compare the worst parts of themselves to the best parts of other people.
Don’t do this. It’s a trap!
Spending all your time on focusing on someone else’s dream is not the way to go in life. Sure for a while it might benefit you, like an income, but in the end it detracts resources and time from your dreams. You want success? Focus on yourself. Invest in yourself. Believe in yourself.
Work out what’s the reason for you dislike? Or if you are writer then work out why you work lacks.