I’ve been thinking about 2014, how about you? I know it’s not even Christmas yet but you know it will come fast now. I’m hoping that I’m able to accomplish some things in 2014 that I really want. I’m getting my passion back which took a nose dive earlier this year simply because of exhaustion. It’s not that I haven’t been writing it’s just that I haven’t written as much as I’d hoped. Writers have to make time to write and that can be challenging. Since I finished up the last novel of my first series in January 2013 I just needed a break.
I thought I was going to catch up a bit in November with NaNoWriMo and I ended up getting a horrible virus that put an end to that goal of 50,000 words. So now I’m looking ahead. I’m going way outside my comfort zone and plan to be BOLD. I will write 3 short stories to self-publish simply for the experience. I think you’ll like them. I’ll have a new novel in my new series ready by August 1st and see if I can sell that with the help of my agent. And I’m writing a non-fiction e-book as well.
That’s a lot for me to tackle with the counseling job during the day but I’ve already been figuring out daily word count and what I want to have completed by specific dates. I’ve built-in margin for family needs, illness, and the unexpected. But there’s always something that sneaks up on me and wham! While I’m planning to be bold I’m also sticking to these five important Ps this year that I know will help when the going gets tough.
When you plan out your writing goals at the beginning of a year what are some of the things you take into consideration? How do you pace yourself to meet your goals and still maintain your health and sanity when the adversity doggies show up?