Monday, September 22, 2014

I’ve Set a Goal. Can I Succeed?

I certainly HOPE I succeed. My goal is to finish the first draft of Ghostly Interlude by Thanksgiving. That means writing about 2000 words a day, M-F (weekends and my cruise week off).

Can I do it? I should. My first book was written that quickly and I had a day job back then. I just have to “vomit” the words out and not worry about it being perfect. I also have to stay away from blogging and Facebook until I’ve reached my daily goal. THAT will be the challenge. I was doing that stuff BEFORE I write. My reasoning was to get it out of the way. But I’m realizing now that that’s garbage. So I gotta stay away until AFTER. It’s the only way I’ll get the job done. And I sooooo want to get the job done.

My reward for accomplishing this goal? Getting to watch “American Horror Story.” I’ve got the first two seasons on DVD. Never seen the show, but it sure looks interesting.

In other news… I’m finally getting ready to send out a newsletter. If you want to be on the mailing list, you can sign up for it on the side bar. I have no idea how well I’ll do (or what I’ll put on it), but I DO know that I’ll only work on it either AFTER I’ve reached my writing goal or on the weekend. Because, man, getting that stuff ready is really time consuming! Mainly because I’m learning as I go.

Update on my exercise routine: I’ve done really well the last couple of weeks going to the gym. Made it four days each week. Haven’t lost any weight, but I’m hoping I’m gaining muscle. Muscle eats more calories and takes up less space than fat. Plus, there’s this whole wanting-to-get-in-shape thing. The gym is killing me, but breaking up the exercise routine (legs on one day, arms on another), is really working out well. I’m walking at least 30 minutes before the weights (and getting my reading done during that time), which means I’m working out for about an hour a day. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can stick with it. I am motivated, though. Got a cruise in October (and again in December) and I’d like to be able to not look as fat. I know… I’m asking a lot! J

So…what did you do this weekend? Or did it go by in a blur?



JeffO said...

2000 words a day is a fair target. I think where people fall down with goal setting (and New Year's resolutions) is in setting targets that are far too high to reach, or too unmanageable.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

goals are good


Jennette Marie Powell said...

You can do it! You have the right mindset too: Do It First. Good luck, I'm looking forward to reading it!

Maria Zannini said...

Goals are halfway to succeeding, and you have a good plan.

re: gym
I've been lax lately at yoga, mostly because it's in another town and I hate to go unless I have several errands to run the same day.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - Yeah, I didn't want to make the goal outrageous! However, I didn't meet it today (close--1228). I do have a valid excuse. I had an eye doctor appointment and got my eyes dialated. Kind of put a crimp in my writing! And reading! :(

Mac - Yes they are. I find I write much better with one! :)

Jennette - Hopefully you'll read the first one in the series first. It comes out Jan 19th. :)

Maria - Thank goodness my gym is less than 3 miles away. Any farther and I probably wouldn't bother!

The Spooky Whisk said...

I use the term vomit draft all the time and yes, you can do it. Ass in chair, simple enough. No reason not to hit the goal.

Wishing you fun!

The Spooky Whisk said...

I use the term vomit draft all the time and yes, you can do it. Ass in chair, simple enough. No reason not to hit the goal.

Wishing you fun!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Getting my butt in the chair, that's been the difficult part so far. Interruptions are the pits. Should be better tomorrow. Let me tell you, though, when I'm finally WRITING, it IS fun! :) I love losing track of time that way.

Michael Seese said...

Good luck.

When I was writing "Eiffel" I needed to do a little over 1,000 words per day. I did it with a day job and (as you know) young kids.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - Yes you did, and I was highly imnpressed! :)

The Spooky Whisk said...

I have some Crazy Glue, that I can lend you.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - If only that could work! :)