What this series is all about
Before I published my novels, I shared and tracked goals on my personal blog. But blogs evolve, and I ditched those posts in favor of posts relating to my books and occasional updates on which writing projects I’m working on.
That didn’t mean I stopped making writing-related goals, though. (In fact, I encourage members of The Writing Sidekick to do so every week.) If I’ve learned anything by being involved in a community of writers, it’s that we often struggle with the exact same problems.
Back to evolving blogs: last year, I switched to posting on this blog every other week. My bank of scheduled posts dried up, my priorities shifted, and I scaled back. I’ve not regretted the decision—it’s allowed me space to breathe and the ability to focus on sharing old content that’s still relevant.
But a lot of my content has been inspired by my own writing struggles, and tracking my writing goals on this blog is a way to take that a step further. Not only will I talk about my struggles (and successes, hopefully!), but I’ll also share how I’m dealing with those struggles.
The first goal
I’m not a full-time writer, so to kick off the new year, finding my writing groove is goal #1. For the month of January, I’m on a 709 word/weekday writing schedule.
Why 709 words? A member of The Writing Sidekick shared Pacemaker, which helps you create a writing plan. I’m 10,000 words into a 100,000 word project that I’m hoping to finish by the end of June. With weekends off, Pacemaker spit out a weekday word count of 709.
The holiday season and releasing my second novel messed with my writing schedule, so it’s anyone’s guess whether 709 words/weekday is realistic or outrageous. I’m tracking my progress with a spreadsheet. (Including a target word count based on the 709 words/weekday goal and my remaining numbers.)
For my next update (likely in two weeks), I’ll share what happens with those 709 words/weekday.