Between the Blogging from A to Z challenge and temporarily moving my 15 Minute Tweet Tales roundup posts to Sunday, I just finished writing a blog post every day in April. For a procrastinating, occasional blogger like me, that’s HUGE. But now I kind of desperately want a blogging vacation. In fact, I was planning to stay away for at least a week. But today is the first day of the latest #writemotivation goal-check month, so I really needed to post my goals. It’s actually pretty simple this time because there is only one that matters:
FINISH THE REWRITE OF MY WIP!!!!
And when I say finish, I actually mean finally start the rewrite.
January was the first #writemotivation month, and it was so helpful for me to finally be accountable for my writing goals. In fact, because of all the encouragement I got from the group, I have kept up with some of my smaller goals like writing a tweet tale every day and posting on my blog once a week. However, I let some of the biggies get away from me.
I didn’t sign up for March #writemotivation month because I knew I had too much going on with movie stuff to be able to write, but I’m so glad May is a goal-check month because it’s time to get serious about this rewrite. Yeah, I’m pretty sure I said that last time too, but this time I really mean it (you can tell because I bolded, italicized, and underlined it). If you happened to visit my blog last Wednesday, you know a fire has been newly lit under my butt, and it’s time to stop dawdling.
I know I really should break this one goal into smaller weekly goals so it’s easier to gauge my progress and keep myself accountable. But since I need to add scenes and do some character brainstorming in addition to line-by-line polishing, I’m having trouble figuring out the best plan of attack. But I’m working on it.
I also realize if I want to do this rewrite right, it's lilkely I won't actually finish in a month. However, I won’t feel bad about that as long as I am making serious progress. But if I spend the first three weeks talking about rewriting and then start rewriting in a mad rush the last week, I will be very disappointed in myself.
So I’m looking forward to some #writemotivation cookies when I need some encouragement and some whip cracking when I’m being stupid. And I’m excited to cheer on everyone else. Here’s to a great month of meeting our writing goals!
Are you participating in #writemotivation? Any specific goals (writing or otherwise) for the month? How do you keep yourself writing when there are so many fun distractions?
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