Winter Writing Thoughts

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I want my writing life to be cozy. I don’t entirely (or really even a little bit) know how that would look in my world. But I want it.

I have some other, more measurable goals, too. Maybe best to talk about those while I try to figure out that cozy thing.

  • Finish my NaNoWriMo 2019 story (I think I’m really close to an ending on my rough draft at least)
  • Edit and share my NaNoWriMo 2019 story with my writing group. I’ll do this a few pages at a time and take them to the meetings (we meet twice a month)
  • Have something to share at writing group at most if not all meetings (most = 80%, so I could skip sharing 5 times during the year)
  • Do writing practice at least twice a week while I’m mostly focusing on finishing and editing my story

These are longer term goals, I think, not just for ROW80 Round 1, but I don’t have a specific ending date. Or maybe I do. I’d like to have this story finished (and named!) and first pass edits done by September. That way I can spend some time planning and getting ready for this year’s NaNo.

That’s it. I’m trying to have goals but not have them so tight that I don’t have breathing room. This feels like where I want to be–doing some writing practice, working on a story, going to writing group. And going to the day-long writing retreats when I can. It feels like a good writing life. Now to figure out that cozy part.

4 thoughts on “Winter Writing Thoughts

  1. Excellent goals! Having the bit of social pressure by making sure to have something to share at writing group was such a huge help/push for me, I hope it works as well for you!

    • Thanks, Shannon! I admit, I do best with some outside pressure and accountability, so I think this is going to be really good.

  2. Great goals!! I think it’s good to give yourself breathing room, too. I know I can’t give myself too much of that, though, or I let myself put things aside.

    • Yes! There has to be a balance. Not too restrictive, but not so much space that it always feels like doing it some other time is a fine option.

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