How the hellz did I end up in a Triberr Tribe with a published author? O.O
The esteemed Nina Amir, author of the HOW TO BLOG A BOOK and blogger extraordinaire, ended 2012 with a three-post series helping writers prepare to meet their 2013 writing goals. Nina Amir MOST DEF has her shit together. Matter of fact, her advice is so spot-on, it can be applied not only to writing goals, but to all goals in general.
Three cheers for Nina Amir!
*and there was much throwing of glitter!*
Read Part 1 of my Nina Amir tribute to Meeting Your 2013 Writing Goals here.
Step 2: Setting GoalsAs Nina Amira says,
“Many writers never bother to think seriously about their goals, write them down and create a timeline for when they want to accomplish them. If you don’t bother to go through this exercise, your writing results likely won’t be stellar in 2013.”
Following are my goals (once more) for 2013, the dates by which I hope to achieve them, a note regarding my passion or lack thereof toward each particular goal (marked with an asterisk* if I’m not overly excited to get this particular item accomplished), and my impression of how achievement looks and feels.
Attend a writing critique group every month.
January 3, 2013 — DONE! — This felt amaze-ballz because I hadn’t attended a critique group in krillion years. I hope this ember stays lit so that I am still excited to attend next month. Writers have to produce material, and they have to get feedback on that material. Without these things, I’m not a writer. But WITH these things, I am a force with which to be reckoned and there is no stopping me.
Attend a book club meeting every month.*
Next meeting is January 14, 2013 — I absolutely must remember my Personal Commandment to “Just Show Up”, because for whatever reason I hate the idea of going even though I always enjoy myself once I arrive. This month’s discussion is over THE GREAT GATSBY, for fuck’s sake. Logically, I know I’ll love it. Still, emotionally I’m like, “Do I have to?” Yes, you big baby. You have to. And you’ll have wonderful insights to offer which will be appreciated by the less literary minded. Then you shall feel all smart and whatnot. Go.
[[[UPDATE: As indicated by the date of the event, this was last Monday of LAST WEEK. I didn’t actually get to attend this event, but it wasn’t entirely my fault. My hubz had to work that night, so I didn’t have the car at my disposal like I’d hoped. But if I’m being completely honest (and when am I anything BUT?), I wasn’t all that disappointed. I definitely have some sort of hang-up with SHOWING UP. It’s a problem. So I’ve added a “replacement” event for this month to my January calendar: A different book club meets on Sunday, January 27. I shall endeavor to try to want to think about putting forth some effort in going. And then I’ll report back. Since obviously I need the public humiliation of FAIL to prod my ass into gear.]]]
[[[EXTRA NOTE: It’s been years since I read THE GREAT GATSBY, which is one of my faves. I’m adding it to my TBR list, and if anyone is interested we can do our own discussion about it online.]]]
Add another online job by January 31, 2013. *
This will be great for our budget, and will be one step closer to financial freedom. Plus? Another fabulous addition to my resume. But okay, I hate work, remember? So even though I know how awesome it will be to have this under my belt, I also recognize how stressed out the extra deadlines will make me. Even if the work is fun, it’ll still be sucky fun. If that makes sense.
Lose 50 pounds /// walk 2+ miles daily /// lose 3-5 pounds by January 31, 2013.
I hate to admit that I am really enjoying my walks about town. There are enough uneven streets that I have some incline and decline to work my leg muscles, and I created a route which ensures I don’t pass anything twice (pet peeve? Seeing a landmark I already passed once. There is some kind of “Fuck This” bug inside my brain that starts buzzing if I have to do repetitive laps.). By the time the ice is completely gone, and once it stops raining, I’ll be comfortable and familiar enough with my route that I can start jogging it. I’m already noticing a difference in how I feel, and have somehow managed to lose two pounds this week, so I’m off to a great start which I don’t think will be difficult to maintain.
I think it speaks volumes that I’d rather go running around town in the fucking snow than be social or add more work to my schedule. This feeling like I ate snails rumbles through my belly at the thought of pursuing these goals. Must be why they are the least likely to be accomplished. *blah*
Minimize + organize office by January 31, 2013. *
I already know how much I will enjoy these tasks, because the work is half done and it already feels so much freer! Like, there’s all this room to breathe now. Still have some work to do, but am already much less daunted by how much work is left, now that I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I even have some nifty decorative organizing ideas, thanks to some blogs I follow. The Before-n-After will be pretty fucking sweet, methinks.
But let’s be real here, people. While I love the end result, I don’t love housework types of things. Hence the asterisk. Poop on the work involved in minimizing and organizing. For realz.
[[[UPDATE: Still in the minimizing faze, but we got rid of FOUR (4) boxes of books. It was less painful than I imagined. I also organized my desk drawers. Wish I could find more time to dedicate to this task, because I am uber-passionate about getting this one done!]]]
Complete reading and activities in Bell’s PLOT & STRUCTURE by January 31, 2013.I don’t know how any writer has ever succeeded without this book (along with my other fave, Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT). Can’t wait to more forth into the next chapter; highlighter is at the ready. I’m through Chapter 5 at this point, so I know I need to pick up the pace if I hope to finish by the end of the month. Time, not enthusiasm, seems to be the only thing holding me back.
Complete my 90K WIP by September 30, 2013 by adding 300+ words per day.
Well, I’m fairly certain we all know how this achievement would feel. Like, I just lassoed the fucking moon, yo! Or, like, I found the lone gunman! Or, you know, something fantastic along those lines. I haven’t been as diligent in working toward this as I’d like to be, but I’m also okay with where I’m at, and am celebrating the small victories. SOME writing is better than ZERO writing. Still, I know I need to get busy.
Once again, I’ve taken up more time than I expected, so be sure to join me next week for Step 3, the final installment of Nina Amir’s series, “Meet Your 2013 Writing Goals.” I’m actually glad this is extending through the month, as it will help me get a jump start on scheduling tasks for February — right when most people fall off the wagon, I’ll still be in the game and enjoying the scenery!