How’s it hanging? It’s day 3 of NaNoWriMo and this is epic challenge of testing of one’s sanity and creativity is well underway. For today’s post, I thought I’d lay down my own writing goals for this year and give some tips on how I accomplished my list last year!
NaNoWriMo can be a stressful time to eager writers who hope to accomplish a crazy tasklist in 30 days but don’t forget! You’re not alone in this – there’s thousands of us writers out there all going through the same thing and we’re here to cheer you on!
So without further ado, here are my goals!
PS. If you want to know more about my WIP, check out this post first!
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Writing Goals For NaNoWriMo 2018
Edit 1 Chapter A Day Of My WIP
After finishing my first full draft this past summer, I’ve been hard at work editing draft #2 but I haven’t been able to devote as much time to it as I’d like! Currently I’m on chapter 19 / 42 so if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to finish editing the second half of my manuscript by the end of NaNoWriMo!
Write Up The Summary For My WIP
Summarizing is something I struggle with so hard! But I know that when querying to potential agents, having a polished and hook-worthy summary of your story is a must. I tried to work this all summer long to no avail but I’m ready to give it another stab!
Do More Research On Traditional Publishing + Agent Querying
Hmmm…I see lots of note-taking, YouTubing and Googling in my near-future with this one xD I don’t think you can ever over-research something like this!
Work On My Short Horror Story ‘After Dark’
Yes, that’s right, I’m working on a short horror!! This story has been stuck in my head for some time and I’ve been dying to get back to it. Since my WIP is obviously my main focus this month, I’m not too sure yet whether ‘Work on’ will mean literally writing the thing or maybe just outlining /plotting. Either way though, I’d like to devote some time to this other project!
Get Back Into Bullet Journaling
I’ve been having a serious journal craving all week and I think it’s a sign! Bullet Jounraling can be really therapeutic so think it’s the perfect hobby to pick up again during a month like this! Even if it’s just for 20 minutes a day or something, I’m going to make an effort to break out the glitter and glue!
Join A Writing Group
If you’ve read any of my writing-related posts in the past, you know how much I adore workshopping! I signed up for three totally different workshops this fall (1 down, 2 to go!) and so far it’s been awesome but they’re all only 1 day long so I’m dying to find a group that I can join and really get to know!
Finish Draft #2 of My WIP!
This is my ultimate goal for the month and definitely, probably the hardest! By the end of this month, I hope to be able to start draft 3 with a polished plot, full characters and only have to focus on stuff like grammar and spelling! …excuse me while I go hyperventilate.
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And there are my writing goals this month! Now for some quick tips…
Keep Your Goals in the Realm of Doable (Even if it means a shorter list, don’t stress yourself out by making a list of goals fit for a year. Do what you know you can accomplish – I promise you’ll feel ten times less stressed!)
Reach Out (Like I said earlier, there are thousands of other writers out there taking part. If you need a feedback buddy or just a virtual hug, check out NaNoWriMo’s official website or comment/DM on a fellow writers blog! Having someone to chat and brainstorm with makes all the difference!)
Make the Time & Take it Seriously (If NaNoWriMo is about anything, it’s discipline. Save all that sweet procrastinating for the other 11 months of the year because you made a commitment to yourself – so make a real effort and you’ll accomplish your goals!)
Are you doing NaNoWriMo18? How’s it going so far and what are your tips? Let’s chat about it in the comments down below!
With that, I’m off to do some editing! Have an awesome weekend and happy writing to all you Wanderers participating in this madness! <3