Goal Reflection, One Week Later

21 Apr

It’s been one week since I started this blog and set the goal to spend at least one hour on my writing five days a week.

How did I do?

Well, I’m not sure, to be honest.  I know I spent more than five hours writing this week, but I don’t know if it was over five days.  And that’s really the key, isn’t it?  To make writing a priority in my life so that I devote time to it five days a week?  Of course I have the standard excuses: “Well, this was Spring Break week so my schedule was out of whack”, “I’ve been unusually tired this week”, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Coming up with excuses is completely counter to my whole reason for setting the goal.  Instead of fitting in my writing each day, I need to plan for it.  Whether it’s at midnight or 10 A.M. — or maybe half an hour at both times — it doesn’t matter.  What matters is scheduling at least five days of writing a week and then doing it.

What I also need to do is track my efforts.  After all, how will I know I’m meeting my goal if I don’t have any record?  Even something as simple as a check mark on the calendar to say “I did my 60 minutes of writing” on this day.

So what have I spent my time on this week?  I began the week plotting Unseen Scars and that led me to really wondering about the antagonist’s  character.  Which led me to thinking about what he’d be doing after the story’s end.  Which led me to planning an epilogue for Unseen Scars.  Which led me to write an outtake for Unseen Scars that filled in some of the time between the last chapter and the epilogue.  Which led me to consider a sequel to Unseen Scars.

Have I mentioned that I haven’t even finished plotting Unseen Scars yet, let alone written a single chapter yet?  And  I’m already thinking about — and writing — outtakes and sequels?


But isn’t it wonderful when things just start to come together?  When the characters just take off on their own?  I now have a much clearer sense as to who this character is, why he acts the way he does, and how he will be defeated.  When that happens, it’s easy to remember that I actually do love to write.

One Response to “Goal Reflection, One Week Later”


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