I mentioned last week that Dana and I were helping each other keep track of our goals. My goal was to write 20 pages per week. One thing I’ve discovered is that it’s difficult to track totals. With my goal setting, I didn’t really take into account that some days might be spent on editing, not new writing. And the new writing might be in older scenes where I’ve revised the plot and have to change a scene completely or add new paragraphs, which helps the story but doesn’t necessarily advance the number of pages.
Although I didn’t meet my goal in some ways, (I only wrote about 10 pages) I feel very good about my progress. For one thing, I’m excited about the story. That’s huge. I’ve made some great revisions, found missed opportunities, changed some scenes, edited some pages, and added a ton of ideas to my story IDEAS file, where I keep my brainstorming notes.
As Liz mentioned in her post, life will always interrupt. Your editor will ask for edits when you least expect it, or a kid will be home from school. Like today, our schools were closed but I didn’t realize it until last night. But I’m making progress, and I’m totally excited about my story. I think setting goals is going to help me get things done. (photo credit: winnond)