Head Down, Fingers on the Keyboard — Goal Tracking

Posted June 25, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Goal Tracking / 0 Comments

goal tracking

I’ve been quiet lately, but for good reason: with limited time outside my job, I had to revise my priorities. I ditched blogging in favor of publishing A Veiled Truth, a 31k novella set in The Hunted world and out now, and my series bundle, aptly titled The Hunted: The Complete Series and set to release July 1st.

Ahem. Buy links for both can be found on their respective pages linked above.

I’m particularly proud of A Veiled Truth, not just because it’s my best work yet, but also because it represents a shift in my writing from urban fantasy to romance. Even with the shift, though, there are certain themes that seem to permeate my writing across genres, which is a good observation, if only for branding purposes.

While I could tell you what those themes are, I’d much rather you read the books for yourself to figure it out.

But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about my goals and what I’ve accomplished.

Here’s the secret to getting work done: there isn’t one.

With half hour in the morning and half hour in the evening, plus any time I was able to grab in the evenings or on the weekends, I managed to write and publish A Veiled Truth, which in addition to being 31,000 words, required a second full rewrite (so really, I had to write 45,000 words before I found the story).

I’ve also read plenty of books during that time (Goodreads says I’m up to 57 for the year), spent time with my family and boyfriend, and managed a bit of a social life. When your time is limited, you learn to squeeze as much in as possible, wherever you can. I also enjoy being terrifyingly productive, so there’s that, too.

The thing is, I set goals, make time to do them, then do them. If you want to be productive, the only thing stopping you is you.

Now that my life is reordering itself again, and with that comes more time for writing and marketing. The latter has always been a trouble spot — for many authors too, I know — but my series bundle plays into this marketing, which I won’t really talk about here. This is about writing.

I’m getting back on track for 20k per week.

In what’s becoming a pattern, I tossed out what I’d written for my new story (mentioned before as NEW STORY, though I’ll call it Miranda’s story for now) and decided to start over. I’d muddled the issue of what the main problem was and the structure was shifty. Sometimes it’s easier to start over than fix what’s there.

With my structure more firmly in place, outlining is easier, and with a clear plan about what to write, I’m hoping that my writing will pick up, too. June has been a horrendous month in terms of writing, but I’ve never let that stop me from plowing forward and making what’s in front of me better.

Camp NaNoWriMo is on the horizon, The Writing Sidekick has a new group on Facebook, and I’m feeling more confident about my writing. The first half the year is coming to a close, but that gives me six more months to rock the year.

A lot can happen in six months.

What do YOU hope to accomplish in the next six months?

Tags:

Leave a Reply