Setting Writing Goals: May 2017
Hey, writer, how’s it going?
Did you write in May?
I hope you did. I hope you scheduled time to write and followed through with your promise to your art.
I did a lot of soul searching, teaching, and writing. This month, I focused on working on my novel, The Divantinum Project: Wastling and teaching my workshop Anthropology, Archaeology, & Romance.
At the end of each month, I do a recap to see what I did the previous month and what I want to work on next month to move my writing career forward. Let’s look at what I did in May and what I can improve on for next month.
What really happened in May:
I didn’t write every day [shocker!], but I did hit four of my six mini goals!
I finished The Artist’s Way. I’m tenacious and as usual wasn’t going to quit until I finished what I started, and now I can say I’ve had a few insights in the last two months.
I taught my Anthropology, Archaeology, and Romance workshop. I was really excited about this because of the way I set it up – it wasn’t just a writing workshop – it was a deep-dive into science and writing and a fusion of the ideas.
I wrote two + blog entries every week. It’s habit now – and I’ve been looking for ways to level up my craft. Each week, I pick a topic and learn about it, and then I apply it to my work.
I published several reviews.
I sent out 20 pitches.
0 guest posts â€“ mostly because I was focused on writing.
I looked for a teaching position and compiled a list of potential jobs that I’m applying to.
I networked with writers and readers. I could have done more here and want to over the next few months.
I invited writers to my blog and to share my writing life.
My Blog Posts
The lowest low
So many pitches. I’ve learned a few techniques to deal with these feelings, how to focus, and how to do everything I can on my end, and then realize that when I send something out into the universe, it may or may not come back to me. All I can do is all I can do.
The highest high
Finishing the FF&P Workshop. I met so many writers who have the passion and love for it that I do. It was my honor to teach them. If I won a few over to the idea that anthropology can be used in fiction, I’ve done my job [and it can, even if your character isn’t Indiana Jones or Lara Croft].
I’ve got a three-day MPS [monthly planning session] for next month! Will post on my goals next week.
Until then: keep dreaming, reading, writing, and playing.
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