Setting and Realigning Goals

I just finished my first quarter of 2019-2020, and it was awesome!  Not because I completed the goals as I set them at the beginning of the quarter, but because I realigned my goals to give more time and focus to the ones that will get me closer to querying.

Originally, I thought that during the months of June, July, and August I could revise SB, outline and complete a first draft of SOS, and begin to query SB.  But when I looked at SB and realized how many holes the manuscript had, and the amount of words that should be added to plug those holes, I knew I needed to focus on that.  I did critique an entire manuscript for my peer critique friend at the beginning of the quarter, and then I set the time to focus on SB the way it needed to be done. I’ve decided to set aside SOS for now. I’m having a hard time separating the truth from the fiction, so I can’t make out a solid outline to decide how I’ll write it.

I just finished making my goals for my second quarter, which is September, October, and November of this year.  September will be spent revising this newest version of SB, and drafting query letters.  October will be for NaNoWriMo prep, and then November will be all about NaNoWriMo.

What goals are you working on right now? Have you had any projects recently that have demanded more time and attention than you originally thought they would?

Happy Writing!


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  1. This is such a valuable perspective. Realigning goals is a very underrated, but often rewarding way to accomplish tasks. I was about to start looking for a producer for my most recent play, set during the first English Civil War, but then realized there were some loose ends that really needed tying up. While slowing down the process of publishing or producing can be frustrating, it almost always leads to a better product. Good for you for making those extra revisions!!!


    1. Yes! It’s a difficult thing to do. It’s balancing the importance of finishing projects with the need to make sure what’s finished is the best representation of the work. I’m glad you did the same! It’s invaluable in the pursuit of our stories.


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