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Collected Works: Goals, Loki, and Chocolate.

LokiOkay, so it has nothing to do with goal setting…but he’s ALWAYS inspirational. LOL

The idea of Collected Works is to share our goals, encourage each other in those goals, and inspire each other when those goals go sideways. I’ve always been a believer in setting goals so this is a way to make me hold myself accountable for what I expect of myself. And I consider it a win. If I don’t meet my goals, chocolate soothes the disappointment. If I meet them, I celebrate with chocolate. Win-win. 🙂

If you’re interested in sharing in this, check our Collected Works.

August Goals

1. FINISH OWFI (Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc.) Presenters communication – it doesn’t sound like writing because it’s not manuscripts but as President of OWFI, I’m responsible for setting up the conference in May. This is a priority for all of us who attend. (and you should, too!)

2. Send in full request to agent.

3. Finish rewrites of Sam Dakota. This is high priority for me as school starts up again soon and cuts my writing time in half.

Do you set goals? Join us!

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NaNo, NaNo…

The first full week is here. crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbHow’s everyone doing? So far, I’ve done better than I anticipated. We’ll see if I can keep it up. I’ve followed some of the NaNo chatter, from ‘I’m getting nowhere,’ to ‘Yeah me, got 2,600 words today.’ One list I follow on Facebook has a Google doc where everyone can upload their goals and how they did toward them each day. There is a lot of support out there for this event. Whether you’re struggling or just want some interaction through the experience check out other NaNo competitors and embrace a little socialization. 🙂

Love this piece of advice on writing a novel from Brian Klems:

Stop trying.

Your novel needs less “trying” and more “doing” from you. Like Yoda said, Do or do not. There is no try.

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Pumpkins, Ghosts, and Word Count

window_and____by_ahmetkasim The month that ends with Halloween is my favorite. I love the fall of  the year with its autumn colors and cool air and smell of burning leaves. I enjoy the decorations and the kids in costumes. It’s a great month. This year talk spun across the web of writers putting their noses to the grindstone ahead of NaNo which comes at us like a freight train next month. I’m sure a lot of people have signed on to prep themselves and be in fighting shape come November 1.

Since I’m not participating in NaNo this year, my reason for joining the fun is different. I liked the idea of placing myself under pressure during a time when I like to take walks outside and sit on the patio and listen to the leaves rustle in the wind. Now, before I can enjoy the things I most enjoy, I must have the writing done. It’s not always easy when I see people walking past the house and I know I’d rather be watching the geese on the pond but the satisfaction is worth it. This has been one of the most productive months I’ve had. Yeah me! And I’m still enjoying those pumpkins and ghosts and things that bring chills.

Have you taken time to set a goal for yourself of so much time in a day or so many pages or words and dedicate to do it for a month? Do you participate in NaNo?

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What’s Up Wednesday?

ButtonSmallNoBorderWhat’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

What I’m Writing: I’m still deep in revisions of my YA and made good but not great progress this week. Unexpected interruptions prevented the forward momentum I hoped for. Still, I am on target to finish this thing by the goal date, barring a catastrophe.

What I’m Reading: Just about to finish The King by Steven James. As with all his books, I love it. Hoping to see the death of Richard Basque this time. He’s beginning to bore me. 🙂

ready set write button Status Update: My goal was 8-10 more chapters. I only made 5. Still, it’s progress and I’ll take it. 🙂

For this week, July 17 -23, I accept that life is beyond my control. I am hoping for those 8-10 chapters but my goal is another 5.

Good luck to all the writers setting goals for Ready. Set. WRITE! this week. Twitter hashtag #readysetwrite.

What are your writing goals this week?

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What’s Up, Wednesday

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What’s Up, Wednesday is a weekly meme which allows us to touch base with our blogger friends letting them know “what’s up”. If you want to join the fun, you can link up here.

It’s been a crazy week, and I’m amazed to find myself at Wednesday again. Totally excited to share the weekly update with you. I hope your writing went well.

Reading

I’ve been reading Enigma Black. It’s been a struggle for me. It begins with the main character as a teen and then progresses her forward into New Adult. It’s a cool premise, but it has moved slow for me. In the meantime, Steven James’ The King came out, and I jumped on it. I don’t bail on books so I’ll come back to Enigma but after a break.

Writing

The muse came roaring at me this week. In spite of working on the new house and other obligations, I managed 15 chapter rewrites. AND then went back and made subtle tweaks to those. (Can I ever leave anything alone? No.) This last thread that I’m weaving in is managing to come together. I am celebrating big time this week.

Next Goal

I set my goal last week with positive thoughts in mind, and it went well so I’m rolling with that again. 🙂 This week my goal is to complete rewrites of 8-10 more chapters. Phew! Getting brave…but I am seeing a deadline finally hitting. Yes!!

Have a great week! May the muse be with you!

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What’s Up, Wednesday?

ButtonSmallNoBorderWhat am I reading? (Yes, I’m avoiding writing for the moment) I’m reading Her Last Breath by Linda Carillo. I finished Heather Gudenkauf’s One Breath Away, and it was amazing. It looks like I have a thing for books with breath in the title, doesn’t it?

Now, about last week’s goal on the Ready. Set. Write Challenge… I’m happy to report that I completed the three chapter revisions that I needed to do this week in spite of an amazing number of interruptions. They were hard-fought for but completed, and it allows me to move on to the next section. YEAH!!! Phew.

My goal for this next week is more complicated. (Cause why not, right?) I want to complete three more chapter rewrites AND complete another section of my series bible. I completed a section this last week, and it wasn’t even on my goal list. 🙂 Yeah, me! We’re not going to think about all the company here this week or our boys coming this weekend…nope, not going there. I will get these things done even if it’s 2 a.m. Where there’s a will…

At the end of the week, I may look like this:

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How did you do this week?

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What’s Up Wednesday?

If you noticed the post yesterday, you know I’m participating in Ready. Set. Write. this summer. Today is goal setting day, and I have a lot of ideas! Of course, after all of them rained down, I promptly reined (sorry) myself in so that I can actually meet my goals.

6/12 – 6/19  Edits of my YA sci-fi novel, The GAP Project. Goal: Three intensive chapter rewrites.

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