I keep a big piece of white paper on my office wall called The Big To Do List where I track steps towards project goals that I have. I have had one up for about a month and says “*JUNE 30 DEADLINE” after the title. After that, there’s a box with some 2018 writing goals that I have, and then there are a list of, duh, things I need to do. The first item is “Revise Solomon chapters 8 9 10 11 12 13.” None of those chapter numbers have been crossed off.
Solomon is shorthand for a mystery I wrote last November, and I’ve been ignoring it for months.
The next items is “Query memoir 6 more times.” That one has 9 Xs next to it, so I’m doing better there. I’ve also submitted work to 4 contests, so that goal is met. Then there’s a long list of legal decisions that I need to write before the end of next month.
In my last post, I invited you to join me in setting your own writing goal, which I will help you achieve by posting daily writing prompts, ideas and encouragement. Looking at this Big To Do List, I realized I needed to get much more specific. While I’m rewriting it, please take out a piece of paper, set a June writing goal of your own. Make sure it’s specific. If you are going to try to start your memoir, it might say, “I will write for a minimum of ten minutes per day for the month of June.” or “I will write 250 words per day for the month of June.” Here are mine:
- I will write one blog post every day in June.
- I will write three decisions by June 11, 18, and 23 (when they are due)
- I will revise 9 pages per day of Solomon for 20 days in the time period of June 1-30.
Starting Friday, I will start posting here every day. I won’t post every single one to Facebook (I don’t want to drive my timeline insane) but I will post at least once a week to remind you. Otherwise, keep checking back in!