Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Anita's Attic: Accountability

As I mentioned last week, I usually don't do New Year's resolutions, but I really need to make some changes, so Friday while Dana (my CP who's also having motivation issues) and I were having breakfast, she suggested that we set writing goals for the week, and check in with each other at the end of the day. If we're accountable to someone else every day, we'll have more motivation to get the work done. It's easy to fudge on what you've accomplished to yourself; not so easy to do it to a friend.

So we started this week. I decided my goal is to write 20 pages per week. I didn't think about setting alternate goals for the days I'm just editing or revising, but Dana set those goals as well, and I'm going to incorporate them.

Today I revised 19 pages. Now these weren't hard revisions, just tweaking, but I was very pleased. And I wrote half a page in a scene than needed help. All these were things that needed to be done and I feel great. I'm feeling the POWER! You know that feeling when you know you're on the right track and meeting those deadlines actually seem possible. I'm thinking, I AM a writer. I'm not a one series wonder. I can do this.

I know it won't happen overnight, but I'm working on creating a new me. I've been trying to focus on writing, not emails and promotion. Although there is a time and place for that. I did do an interview with a local TV station last week. Very small station. http://blip.tv/virginia-living-television/its-all-local-with-anita-sherman-and-india-rose-5865950.

Warning: this host site just shows the interviews online. They also host some other shows, some not so desirable. Unfortunately, that's the only way I could see it since the station doesn't air in my town.

The interview went well, and it was good experience for when I'm famous and all the talk shows want me. :) My clothing selection did not work out so well. The outfit looked slimming while I was standing up, but sitting down...not so much. Frankly, I looked like a whale. The actual interview doesn't start until about 13 or 14 minutes in. First they talk about local news, so you'll have to scroll past that. One of the interviewers is also named Anita.

I know we've probably talked about this before, but do you guys have daily goals? I remember Liz saying she was committing to 25 pages a week (I think). I'm open to any suggestions.


Cassy Pickard said...

I hear you, Anita! I think your goals sound great. I have a couple of folks who are great with checking in and keeping us all on track. Keep us posted.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

When I'm in writing mode, I write 10 pages a day, 5 days a week (mon through fri) with weekends off. That's 50 pages a week. Some days I only get 5 or 7, because I keep rereadiing what I've written and tweaking it, but other days I get 12 or 15 so by the end of the week, it all works out. I find if I really buckle down and stick to actual writing during certain hours, then blogging and promotion and everything else can come later. I have to get my pages in first.

My goal this year is to stick to a writing schedule even when I'm not under deadliine. Imagine the books I could produce then? I tend to get involved in everything under the sun and wait to write until the last minute.

When I'm not under deadline, I try for at least 5 to 7 pages a day...anything more is gravy :-)

Good luck with the new you!

Anita Clenney said...

Cassy, I think we need someone besides ourselves to be that motivator or the kick in the backside, whichever we need. I hope Jon's mom is doing better.

Anita Clenney said...

Kari, I love your goals. I would be thrilled if I could write 10 pages per day, consistently. That would be SWEET! When my head is totally wrapped up in a story, I'll let everything else slide and write for thirteen hour stretches, but I have to be in that mode to do it, and it's not really a good place. I want to be more balanced, keep my weekends free and write consistently, not in panic mode because my deadline is approaching.

Dana Rodgers said...

Hi Anita and everyone else here at Mysteries and Margaritas! I'm really hoping that accountability will help carry me through on the days that I am not feeling the writing bug this year. I definitely need to work on writing more consistently, not just when I'm racing to finish something for a deadline. I like Kari's 10 pages rule and I definitely need to incorporate the writing comes before email, loops and promotion rule.
I hope everyone has a wonderful new year full of writing inspiration!

Liz Lipperman said...

I hear you, Anita. I had such good intentions, but like they say, God laughs at the best made plans. I was hit last week with copy edits for book 2 while I'm still struggling to get book 3 finished. Then my editor needed a synopsis and cover ideas for book three since she's gong to a cover art meeting this week. I didn't even know how I was going to end book 3, so at least I got that worked out.

Then this week we're babysitting our granddaughters (9 months and 2.5 years) so no writing here.

I told hubby today that for the next two weeks, I can't watch any TV with him as I have to write day and night. I have to!!

And BTW, that was a nice interview It reminded me of when we did the interviews at Martha
s Vineyard. I much preferred the one Sheila did for us on the radio when no one saw me. And you looked gorgeous in that color blue.

Anita Clenney said...

Hi Dana. I'm glad you came up with this idea. I think it will help keep me on track.

Anita Clenney said...

Liz, you're as sweet as you are funny.

I remember a few months ago, every time I would get excited about a book, my editor would hit me with edits. It was the worst timing. But you'll get it done.

I think I'm going to have to stop TV too. That's usually when I watch, with Austin in the evenings. Or sometimes I watch reruns of Frasier. I've seen them all so I think it's time to say goodbye to them.