Writing Goals and Reassessment

Five days left in November. If you’re a NaNoWriMo participant, struggling to get to 50,000 words by the end of the month, you’re well aware of the date. But even if you’re not, you might be eyeing the calendar, thinking about the fast-approaching end of the year. Life is only going to get busier in the next few weeks, between holidays and work and family. Now is a good time to take a deep breath and think about your writing. How have you done this year? Have you met any goals you might have set? Are you pleased with your progress? Wishing you’d done something differently? What about 2013? Where do you see yourself taking your writing? What are your goals for the coming year?

Last year I issued a challenge in December. Acknowledging that it might possibly be the busiest month of the year, I asked you all to commit to writing each and every day, even if only for fifteen minutes. If writing is important to you, it needs to be a priority. So think about where you are in your writing, and where you’d like to be this time next year. I’ll post more details for my December writing challenge at the end of the week. In the meantime, happy writing!

7 thoughts on “Writing Goals and Reassessment

    1. Editing definitely counts. It’s part of the process. Also, thank you for understanding that finishing the NaNo novel is just the first stage…

  1. Just got home from 3 1/2 weeks with the Red Cross on Hurricane Sandy response in New York. Had to smile when I realized I hadn’t even thought of NaNoWriMo once. I thought about my foot massager at least eighteen times a day, and even thought about my next novel a few times, but not the big write-a-thon month. Maybe in January I’ll have fifteen minutes free in the day. Unless something else goes wrong somewhere, of course. Good luck, everybody!

  2. Ten stratght days of overlapping relatives hanging from the rafters with a few great south swell surfing days sprinkled in and I still managed to write 30K. Short of goal. BUT: I’ll take the December challenge and shoot for finishing that draft!

  3. Love your post. December is the perfect time for writerly reflection. Also, love your suggestion of a minimum of 15 min per day spent writing. You have to continually move forward.

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