Look at All the Words!

It’s official: we have words! After having trouble getting in front of my computer and making time to write at home, I finally hunkered down and did it. Stemming from the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year, I’m on track to keep up with writing at least 20,000 words a month.

I’m not writing every day, but most days I can get on the computer and hit my word goal. The important thing is to remain flexible. My schedule changes day to day so I have to plan for that as much as possible. I also have great support from my family so when I sit down to write my 1000-word goal at each sitting, everyone else at home tries to make sure I’m able to stay there. I pulled some clothes out of the dryer one day and my wife says, “I’ll get it. You’re doing work.” It’s a big deal when your family sees what you are doing as legitimate.

I’m still in the beginning of my story, only finishing chapter four last night. I’ve got a good start so far. My main character has met the first support character and she’s run across some bad guys already. I’m hoping to keep up my momentum and start laying out the stakes and motivations for the antagonist, while bringing in the other two support characters soon. The story always gets more fun when you have all your players out on the table. The college championship game is on tonight between Alabama and Georgia and I’ll be watching the whole time. I’ve been an Alabama fan for years and I don’t see me getting much writing done. See? It’s nights like tonight that I appreciate having that flexible schedule. Tomorrow I should be able to get into my next chapter, but tonight is all about some good football.

I’ve been pouring over journal ideas and examples lately online. I’m still up with my daily journal and I want to spice it up. I found some cool examples with Travel Journals that people turn into planners that I like. I also am attracted to the idea of the customization that can go into a travel journal rather than making due with a book set up in one specific way. The bugger of it is that the supplies for a good travel journal are a little more than a run of the mill planner, and can only be found online. At least in my area. I’m going to do one more run by Hobby Lobby this afternoon to see if they have anything, or maybe the supplies to make a journal. I found a good video on YouTube to make your own. We’ll see how it goes.

Nothing down for my poetry stuff yet. I like the idea, but my brain has pushed it to the back burner of my internal to-do list. I’m focused on my January goals and nothing poetry made my list. I’ll take another look at it later – maybe in the second quarter.

All things considered, I’m happy with how the writing is going so far this year. Keeping my goals in front of me are helping a lot. If you are seeing any decline in your New Year’s goals, write them down and keep them somewhere you will see them every day. Plans have the best chance of success when there is a written plan to go along with it. I promise, this helps. How are your goals coming, writing or different? I’d love to hear how things are going in the comments.

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