Maybe you recall the veeerrry ambitious writing goals I had set for myself this year.
When I was about eight months pregnant.
And had no clue what having a baby would entail.
I had been on a roll, having just written my first novel during my first Nanowrimo. I had been wanting to do that for years. I was even planning my next novel.
I had a baby, and my life turned upside down. It's been three months. I haven't written a word of fiction since (I haven't gotten more than five hours of sleep at a time, either). It makes me feel horrible inside, knowing I'll never meet my writing goals now.
But after weeks of moping over that, I'm back. I figure if I still want to write after this major life event, then it must be a real passion of mine.
So here I go again. I fell flat on my butt, but I'm up again. That's what's important, I've realized.
What's the first thing I need to do?
Readjust my writing goals to reflect what's realistic for me now.
And since my life is still pretty hectic, with school and a baby and all, I'm only going to focus on a few big goals. I'm not going to make the same mistake again.
What are my new goals for this year?
- Write and sell one short story.
- Begin the first draft of my second novel.
- Begin the first revision of my first novel.
- Read as much as I can about writing and for pleasure.
What am I going to do on a daily basis in order to meet these goals?
To be honest, I haven't come up with a specific word count yet. I think for now I just need to focus on writing every day, at least five minutes if that's all I can do. I'll be happy with that for now.
How much do you write a day? What do you do when life happens, and you can't find time to write?