Monday, February 28, 2011

Goals For the Week - 2/28/10

I was EXHAUSTED  this week. It was a short week, but it was the longest short week ever. 

Goals for the week of 2/21

* Be productive today (I have the day off) Do SOMETHING worth reporting about on this blog. Write. Revise. Outline. SOMETHING. Don't just sleep in and stare at the dog
I'm sitting here trying to remember what I did last Monday on my day off and I am drawing a complete blank. I know I read a book, but I think I did some stuff, too. How do I completely forget what I did only a week ago? Hm. Well, let's just go ahead and cross this one off. 

*I got feedback from one reader, so I need to start implementing her changes and brainstorm on ways to move forward from where I am
I did implement her changes, but I'm still a little stuck on where to go and what to do. I don't know why the second part of this book is giving me such a problem. Actually, as soon as I typed that I figured it out. The climax of this book came to me first, and then other parts filled in from there. But now the issue I'm facing is that the middle/climax doesn't really match the beginning. So I need to tweak the middle/climax...and that's giving me pause because that's where I started. It's hard to accept that I need to change it, you know?

*Continue outlining New Project
Yup! I have a rough outline of this now, and now I want to move forward and detail it out some more. I realized in writing my current WIP that I am NOT a pantser. So I'm hoping a detailed outline will make the process easier with New Project. I have so much to learn.

*Read another book...try to get to 10 books by the end of February
I read Wither by Lauren DeStefano and I am in the middle of Stay by Deb Caletti...which will put me at 10 if I finish by the end of the day. I don't know why making time for writing has been so difficult lately. But I have been taking advantage of NetGalley and Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab and reading e-galleys on my iPad. I have to admit, I like using the iPad as an e-reader much more than I expected. I have 4 library books, but I keep reading the e-galleys! Hopefully it can get me out of my reading rut.

*Start thinking about a reasonable and REALISTIC timeline for finishing (really finishing) this book
I started thinking about it. I still don't have a timeline, though.

Wow. I kinda sorta did everything. I even used Mac Freedom at some point to really get down to business. Why don't I feel more accomplished?

Goals for the week of 2/28

* Come up with a treasonable and REALISTIC timeline for finishing my WIP
* Read another book (It's silly that I need to keep making this a goal)
* Tweak WIP outline for the second part of the story - REALLY need to do this
* Add detail to rough New Project outline

*sigh* I feel like I'm not making much progress, guys. Do you have any tips for me? What do you do when you're feeling defeated?

Don't forget about my The Sky Is Everywhere Give It Forward giveaway! You still have a few more days to enter, if you haven't already! I can't wait to give this amazing book to one of you!

Have a wonderful week, everyone. Good luck with all of your goals!


  1. I so know the feeling, Jess. Sometimes it is good to simply step away from goals and write. You can put a tremendous amount of pressure on yourself. Goals are great and can work for you, but they can also smother you if you're consistently missing them.

    If you're stuck on a story/edits, try putting it away and writing something new. (A short story, a new chapter, etc.) Give it some space and then go back to it. Just make sure your 'space' is more writing. Make sense?

    Best of luck!


  2. These are great goals. Whenever I feel defeated I take a break. Sometimes stepping away for even an hour or two makes a huge difference.

    Good luck!

  3. I'd say you're doing a pretty darn good job of keeping up with your goals! And setting new ones! Nicely done!

    Just got Wither in the mail today. I've been excited about this one!