For the last year I've been working towards a singular goal; write my first complete novel, edit it and begin the journey to publication. Throughout all that time I utilised a goal setting method using monthly objectives.
This system has worked particularly well for me keeping me focused and determined during the tough times. I'm now at a point where I can start ticking off some of those first lofty goals: Book written - check; editing - more than half way through; journey to publication in progress.
If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll remember that during the start of my editing process I was missing the creative process of writing so i began a new WIP which I have subsequently put on a back burner because it wasn't really working. You'll also know that I then made the decision to begin the second book of the series I had begun with my recently finished project.
Now I find myself in the realisation that I haven't been using my goal system as much since the turn of the year and I guess this is because the editing and journey to publication are much more fluid activities which can't be tethered and controlled by goal setting.
As we enter into the Springtime and a new quarter of year is heralded in it seems a fine time to get myself back into a productive routine where I hold myself accountable. So today I've taken my battered notebook which has held the measure of my goal achievement and jotted down what I expect of myself between now and the end of April.
I'm not being to hard on myself to begin with:
5000 Words of my WIP
A weekly Blog Post
Regular Social Media Activity
Complete Spreadsheet of Potential Agents
I'll keep you updated with progress. In the last year I have learnt so much about myself and what I am capable of that I move into this new era of my writing where I am both looking back and forward in my writing. It's exciting and scary in equal measure. I have a greater understanding of my personal writing process now but I'm not under any delusion that it's going to be any easier second time round. I am also painfully aware of what I don't know. I don't know if my work will find a home with an agent and a route to traditional publication. I don't know what the world will think of what I've written.
There are so many unknown entities there's also the things I do know. Writing is a part of me, I feel so much more fulfilled now that it's a permanent fixture in my life, so as I move forward I look forward to the road unfolding in front of me knowing that I have what it takes to weather the storms, negotiate the twists and turns and enjoy every minute of it.