This year, I'm really going to push myself. I wrote about my goals for this year over on the Beyond the Trope blog a few weeks ago, but the general summary is I'm pretty sure I've bitten off more than I can chew with these. Two drafts of one novel, a full rough of another, and two more short stories for submission. Not to mention I want to self-publish my two companion shorts in a single e-book in the next few months, too.
I'm staring down the barrel of these big goals and, like many people working toward dreams or resolutions or whatever, thinking "man, how the hell am I going to make this happen, especially with everything else going on in my life?"
Now, I'm not exactly the best person in the world to give goal or resolution advice, since I have historically had a bad habit of letting things slide. But here is what I'm doing so far:
- Try to write every day. My goal is 1,000 words a day, before I get started on my day job, but I know that some days that's not going to be possible, and that's okay. So I also have a modified version of this as a weekly word count: trying to hit at least 5,000 words a week, which gives me a little bit of wiggle room on the daily count.
- Make deadlines and make them public. I have a history of pushing back or ignoring self-made deadlines, so this year, I wrote them down and posted them on Facebook and Twitter (and here, now, too). Knowing that I have people who are going to ask about my progress and give me a hard time if I don't actually work toward these is helping so far.
- Make it bite-sized. I have a habit of looking at the big picture and feeling overwhelmed. So I have a sticky note on my computer reminding me that if I hit my 1,000 word a day goal, I'll have a 60,000-ish word novel in about two months. Since I'm in rough draft stage right now, that's really all I need to worry about.
Obviously it's too early in the year to know if these are really going to make a difference, but I have a good feeling about it. It's nice to wake up and get right to writing, and I already feel like I accomplished something when I get to the day job (instead of the day job feeling like it's sucking all of my creative juices out and leaving nothing for writing).
So, how do you make and plan to reach your goals or resolutions?