Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Actually, today's post is about goals, NaNo and otherwise.
You probably noticed that I didn't reach my 50K word goal for November. I did write 30K words, so the month wasn't a total loss, but it wasn't where I wanted it to be.
And I have no excuses. I just didn't get it done. I started out well, but didn't finish up the way I wanted to.
I felt out of sorts for most of November. Unsettled, edgy, sad. I felt like I was dancing as fast as I could, but I wasn't getting any of the stuff that I wanted to done. Unsure of the cause of these feelings, I couldn't seem to pinpoint how to change.
The farther behind I fell in the NaNo count, the more apathetic I grew. Reading books on my new Kindle was more appealing than writing on my WIP. Watching DVD's of Castle appealed more than writing on my WIP. Pretty much EVERYTHING seemed better than my WIP. And I couldn't decipher why I felt apathetic towards something that normally brings me great joy.
Then the calendar flipped over to December. Here we are, a week into the last month of the year, and suddenly, I'm feeling mentally better, emotionally more stable, physically...well, that's about the same. :) I started writing again. I've averaged 2500 words a day this week, and I'm back to dreaming about my story, daydreaming and night dreaming. Things feel right when I am writing.
So, goals for December. Trying to be realistic but juxtaposing a busy Christmas season, basketball games (we have 10 this month,) end of year bookkeeping, and having my lovely daughter home from college with the fact that this WIP needs to be a completed and edited manuscript by February 1st.
1. Write as much as I can, especially before Heather comes home.
2. Edit my crit partner's manuscript and return it to her.
3. Read my other crit partner's debut novel for an endorsement. (I only got to read the first few chapters of this one before she submitted it, so now I get to see how the story will turn out.)
4. End of year bookkeeping responsibilities.
5. Keep our noses to the grindstone on the homeschooling so we don't fall behind during this whirlwind month.
6. Remember to enjoy my family, my church, my friends, the pretty snow, etc.
How about you? Have you ever felt apathetic towards something that normally gives you joy? How did you pull yourself out of it?
On a happier note, Casey Herringshaw wrote a lovely review of A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas this week that brought tears to my eyes. You can find the review on Casey's blog: http://enjoyingthewritingcraft.blogspot.com/2011/12/write-on-erica-vetsch-brides-portrait.html
AND, my dear friend Keli Gwyn got her first peek at the beautiful cover art for her debut novel! You can see it on her FB Reader's Group page. "Like" the page and get a gander of another in the series of "Destination Romances" from Barbour Publishing. http://www.facebook.com/KeliGwynReadersGroup