State of the Amanda {May 2014}

Posted May 6, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Goal Tracking / 0 Comments


I didn’t accomplish all my goals last month. I’m not ashamed to admit it, nor do I feel guilty. Or sad. Or upset. Or any other negative, unproductive feeling.

Sometimes you need to take a step back to realize where you are

When I threw editing on top of writing, I came to a point where I had to choose between accomplishing my goals and sacrificing my sanity or reassessing my goals and giving myself time to relax.

It wasn’t much of a choice. I always choose self-care over burnout.

With book 2 on hold, I was able to devote all my time—all six to eight hours most weekdays—to editing to get Elusive Memories ready to send to my copy editor.

I made it, barely. After deciding the last 7,000 words needed to be deleted and the ending completely rewritten. I have trouble ending things apparently. Or maybe it’s that the third ending’s the charm. I guess we’ll find out next week when I finally release Elusive Memories.

It’s time to get serious about writing

My aborted Camp NaNoWriMo attempt has made me realize that unless I train outside of NaNoWriMo, I’m always going to binge on writing and burn out. And then I’m going to avoid writing until the next NaNoWriMo.

It’s like every 5k race I’ve run in the past year. And it’s never pretty, especially when I know I can do better. If, you know, I actually put in the effort to improve.

(Goal for this summer: start running and finally get my 5k time under 30 minutes.)

Getting serious about writing means stepping way back and parking myself at a goal of 300 words/weekday. It’s small, for me, but it’s also a number I know, without a doubt, that I can accomplish every day. And that’s the point: to associate positive feelings of accomplishment with writing, not a sense of dread.

Writing is a mental game.

I’m still setting goals… just not here

This year has been a lesson in learning to let go of activities or posts or things that aren’t a good time investment, no matter how attached to them I am. Or how obligated I feel in continuing them. With a writing group for writing accountability and a business accountability buddy, discussing my goals here seems superfluous.

I’d also like to shift this blog into musings on writing, and that will happen, just probably when I’m supposed to be working on something else. As is my habit.

Here’s a sampling of everything I’ve got going on:

• While Elusive Memories is with my copy editor, I’m working on the front and back matter. Like my author bio, which I hate writing because 1. writing about yourself is the worst and 2. I never know what’s interesting about me, so I end up with things like, “Scissors and I have a complicated relationship.” Because that’s important to know.

• I’m shifting The Path of Least Revision from copy editing and proofreading to writing coaching. I’m still editing, but I want to focus on helping others write their books.

• The first month of The Writing Sidekick is officially over. I learned a lot and plan to make a few changes to the next one in July. (More information to come, I’m sure.)

• I’m trying out a few writing podcasts. I like podcasts, but I don’t always have the focus for them, especially when I’m at my computer. I found a couple short ones that work well. Recommendations welcome!

• Bout of Books begins next week!

• I may be giving flash fiction a whirl. Practice is good, y’all.

• Book 2 is still kind of on hold as I figure out what to do with it. I may or may not being tossing out what I wrote (again) and starting over. As one does.


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