A couple of weeks ago I became a member of the Rome Construction Crew, a wonderful group of supportive bloggers and writers. I really want to use my membership as a way to advance my writing by setting attainable goals. Emphasis on the word attainable. Some of you may already be aware that I have a tendency to “over-do.” When I was (much) younger and better skilled at multitasking, “over-doing” was not too much of a problem. But I’m older now and multitasking often leaves me feeling dissatisfied: I might get a lot done, but none of it very well. With that in mind, I’m revisiting the goals I set out just a short time ago.
(1) Get off my own back. Now this is a worthy goal that needs to be at #1. If I don’t cut myself some slack, then I’ll just spent my precious remaining productive berating myself … you know, kind of like what I’m doing right now.
(2) Set up a schedule of posting that gives me time to write, but doesn’t make followers think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. I want to start slow, let’s say with one original post for my blog and one original post for The Community Storyboard and one for Stuff It Tuesdays a week. Reading this goal again made me laugh. Really, “I want to start slow”? I admit that as soon as I wrote it, I realized I was probably setting myself up for failure. While, in the interim, I have managed to post to The Community Storyboard and to my own blog, I did miss on last week’s Stuff It Tuesday. So maybe I’ll just adjust this goal down to posting to The Community Storyboard and my blog. And maybe alternate. That all depends on whether I:
(3) Get organized. This probably should be Goal #2, if I want to think and act linearly. My office at my day job is fairly organized with files and drawers and post-it notes. But my working space at home is anything but organized. And it’s just going to get worse as we get closer to our new cabinet installation. OK, well, today is Saturday, so maybe tomorrow ???
(4) Write the third novel in my series, The Widow’s Club (working title). This is for July Camp NaNoWritMo and I will NOT adjust this goal. I am psyched about actually writing a third novel in a series, getting to know my characters that much more, see what sort of trials and tribulations I can put them through. See if any one survives
So now I’m feeling a bit better about what I’m committing myself to. At least until my next update when I again berate myself for being lax in posting to The Community Storyboard ad nauseam.