It’s October and time to blog my fourth quarter writing goals . . . because nothing says PRESSURE and ACCOUNTABILITY like announcing to God and the whole world what your goals are.
But first, what were the wins and losses for my 3rd quarter goals?
1. Finish another draft of of my WIP Manor House while telling myself it’s okay even if I have to do sixteen more drafts.
Fail, but I almost made it. I had to overflow into October. Lordy, I hope I don’t have to do sixteen more drafts, but I can already tell I need yet another one . . .
2. Do whatever writing assignments my wonderful writing mentor suggests.
We worked on my current Manor House draft. I’ve been addressing all her suggestions. I’m a logical person, really. I put socks on before I put on my shoes. So why has she found so many logic errors in my storytelling? Anyway, win.:-)
3. Research China and bugs for my November Nanowrimo book.
Done. (Interesting stuff!)
(The feature image . . . fall is football season, “fourth quarter.” Um, yeah.)
4. Read through my already-bought TBR and attack my to-purchase (or borrow) TBR as practicable.
I read twenty-one books third quarter. I call that a win.
5. Study the craft of writing three hours per week.
For nine weeks of the quarter I did study three hours per week, and for four weeks of the quarter I didn’t, so technically a fail, but not disastrously so. This goal is going back on the list because I think I need both studying (learning) and practicing (typing out stories) to improve as a writer.
Annnd my fourth quarter goals:
1. Outline Nanowrimo book. I was getting discouraged at my slow progress in this whole writing venture until I realized that I understand story structure a lot better than I did a year ago. Happy dance.:-)
2. Win Nanowrimo with 50,000 words in one month. This is nuts (and FUN), but I’m joining 300,000 other nutty people, so it’s all good (and FUN).
3. Read twelve new horror releases. (A lot of horror novels are released fourth quarter. Hmm, must have something to do with Halloween!)
4. Write two short stories.
5. Read two books on the writing craft. I’ve chosen Rayne Hall’s Writing Gothic Fiction to start with.
6. Study one older horror novel.
I wish you the best on your writing goals!