Whew! I did it. I survived my first week after setting my writing goals. It wasn't easy, nor did I complete every goal. But I wrote more than I would've written without the goals, so that makes it all worth it in the end. Oh, and still no word from VCFA ...
My check-up on last week's goals:
- Write 500 words a day for at least 5 days on my current WIP. I wrote 500 words for only 4 days, but now my manuscript has 2000 more words than it did a week ago.
- Work on revisions for chapters 9-11 on my previous manuscript. I'm going to a revision workshop in the near future. When I told my friends that I was going to work on revisions before the workshop, a wise friend told me that it was like washing my clothes before taking them to the dry cleaners. So I abandoned this goal ... for now.
- Finish critiquing a writing partner's manuscript before my writing group meets on Saturday. I finished all but one chapter on my writing partner's manuscript, but I also read the first chapter of her new WIP (so I think I made up for it).
- Submit online. I didn't do this one because I'm not sure my manuscript is ready to be submitted (see goal #2). Maybe after the revision workshop.
My new goals for this week:
- Write every single day, but at least 500 words on 4 days.
- Finish critiquing a manuscript for my group at my upcoming revision workshop.
- Read The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman (homework for the revision workshop).
What I learned this week: Even with my goals, time has proven once again to be an elusive foe. I've learned that I give in to far too many distractions. Of course, some distractions take a priority over my writing (like my darling children), but I learned that my best writing time last week occurred when my kids were in bed asleep. And I mean really asleep, not in their rooms awake, preparing to come out every five minutes.
I also learned that it will not be the end of the world if I don't get into the MFA program that I applied to weeks ago. Everyone had great suggestions of how I can work on improving my craft, namely practice, practice, practice. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!
Happy Library Appreciation Day!