Feb. 5th, 2017

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 January was a trying month. I seem to always struggle in the beginning of the year. Last year, I had a baby in January, and this year I started working in January. While it isn't a full-time job by any stretch of the imagination, it does encroach on my post-midnight writing and editing time since shifts start around 4am, which means I can't stay awake until 3am writing and editing. During the day, I'm a single mom of two young children, so time isn't easily found.

I try, and I think that's what matters.

In January, I
  • read 8 books and wrote reviews for each.
  • wrote 10,713 words.
  • secured five manuscripts to edit in the next two months [2 novels, 3 short stories]
In February, I want to:
  • be more realistic with my time and goals.
  • read 5 books and write reviews for each.
  • write 500 words a day for RB to develop a writing habit.
  • edit SS manuscript for client.
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I have a nifty spreadsheet that tells me when I'm on target or if I'm horribly off-schedule. (It's the latter right now for me.) I am 24.287 words BEHIND schedule. That's scary, honestly. Instead of holing myself up for two days, neglecting all my responsibilities, and writing, I decided to just catch up by the end of this month. Unfortunately, it's not a leap year, so I have 28 days to work with. Actually, I have 24 days left to work with. The spreadsheet tells me I should have 60,000 words by the end of this month (PANIC!) and I'm nearly 25,000 words behind already. That means, I have to write something like 48,000-someodd words to write this month. I rounded it to 50,000 words because I like easy-to-remember numbers.

Essentially, I'm playing NaNoWriMo in February. And that doesn't include the manuscripts I need to edit for clients. Or taking care of my kids, the house, my out-of-home work, or the number of other projects I have.

So, I just need to take this thing one day at a time.

Daily, what I need to accomplish is:
  • 2,000 words written for my current WIP.
  • 20 pages edited for client manuscript - SS.
Weekly tasks include:
  • Reading 2-3 books and writing reviews on Goodreads.
  • 3 blog posts - one each for the author, editor, and spiritual blogs.
  • Doing one thing for another online venture (spiritual/homeschool/writer courses).

That's not too bad, right? Totally manageable...

I guess we'll see. :) 



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