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New Goals: January

posted Dec 30, 2015, 9:33 AM by Ben Kreucher   [ updated Dec 30, 2015, 10:00 AM ]
I learned a lot about myself in November.  Mostly, that I could write over 50,000 words in a month.  I also learned a lot about myself in December.  Mostly, that I like to take time off.  Also, December is a rough month to write.  It's hectic, holidays quickly approach.  Plus, I spent the time editing and reading feedback from alpha readers on my NaNoWriMo story, Damsels and Dinosaurs.

Which brings me to today's post.  Goals for the new year.  I'll start small.  One month at a time.  Together, we'll see how well I do.

  1. Finish the rough draft of a magic, murder mystery.  Full disclosure, it's already at 2,500 words
  2. Finish the first draft of Damsels and Dinosaurs (I, sometimes, consider the November manuscript a rough draft and other times consider it a final draft; plus, I figure, it might give me better insight into the characters and story or, at least, a fresh perspective; and, I once read that you should write 10 drafts.  I might as well start again and see what happens.)  Full disclosure, it's already at 1,500 words
  3. Write at least 50,000 words for each
Sure, that's double what I wrote in November, but it'll be two different stories.  Maybe this'll keep me off the internet.  Not that spending my time researching is bad.  It's the black hole that I get sucked into that stymies my writing process...or my day and keeps me staring at the screen far longer than I want (um, without writing words in a story).

Besides, that's only like 4,000 words a day.  That's not so bad, really.  Unless it is...

I'll check back near the end of the month to let you know how it went.
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