If you've read this blog for any length of time at all, you'll know that I love goals. I try to set them every month, though I've slacked off this past summer.
I've been reminded how much I need goals in order to get anything accomplished, especially something as big as writing a novel. Without specific goals, I flounder, piddle around, and waste way too much time.
You might notice that in the right sidebar I've placed a new word counter. It's for my new project, tentatively titled The Major's Minors, an historical romance set at Fort Larned, Kansas in 1868. I'm hoping to see that red bar fill up steadily over the next few months.
You see, I have a goal. I want to send my agent a completed manuscript by April 1st. When we spoke in Dallas last week, she asked what she could do for me, and I told her I needed a deadline, a goal, something to keep my fingers typing and my mind engaged in a story. And voila! I now have one.
I'm about halfway through the plotting of this story, and I'm layering in conflict and subplots and spiritual threads, romance, action, and lots more. Loving Major Elliot Ryder, his two wards and Priscilla Wellington, who complicates and simplifies things all at the same time.
Here are my goals for October:
1. Finish plotting The Major's Minors by October 15th.
2. Begin writing The Major's Minors and get 10,000 words by the end of the month.
3. Put together a blog tour for A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA which releases 11/1.
4. Write all the blog posts for the Romancing America Blog where Sagebrush Knights will be the feature book for all of December!
What about you? Do you have any goals for October? Are you a goal-oriented person?