Reflect: Goal Planning Process Step 1

First, a word on this series. Goal planning is a process and this series of blogs is a look at what mine is. It’s a process I’ve created based on countless articles, motivational speeches, goal planning systems (both paper and digital), etc. and advice from writers, authors, friends, motivational speakers, mentors, etc. given or read... Continue Reading →

Letting 2021 Go

This week involved a few unexpected things that took away from the completely mindless relaxation I had planned for the family. It wasn't totally negative or totally positive and I'm taking it as the mindset I need to let 2021 go. 2021 was challenging and I know this is a universal truth for most of... Continue Reading →

From One to the Next

I did indeed take some time away from any projects last week to appreciate and celebrate all that I’ve done and accomplished so far. It felt really good to sit back and revel in the quiet for a bit. (Also, in the game playing, cookie baking, and snowperson building. 😁) Then, I got back to... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Reflections

Writing this manuscript for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2021 was one of the most challenging writing tasks I've undertaken yet. It was the most amount of writing I've done in the shortest amount of time and I'm still reeling from everything that was dredged up from it. Like the setting of my book, stirring... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 5

Day 29: 0 words. I knew when I sat down with my computer and the words didn't come, that I wasn't going to finish the 10,000 I needed to complete this manuscript by the 30th. That's ok though. I don't want to force words when they don't want to be written as much as I... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 4

Day 22: 0 words. Another day of just not feeling well. Not the way to dive into the chapter that needs to be written. Day 23: 2,036 words. It’s written. This chapter is the one that will need the most work of anything I’ve written so far for this draft, and that’s ok. It’s done... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 3

Day 15: 4,046 words. I pushed through to catch up to where I want to be and crossed the 30,000 word point, which means I am officially halfway through my word count goal for this manuscript. I did take some time to write out notes for these chapters, but then veered from the plan pretty... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 2

Day 8: 2,218 words. The story is just at the end of act 1 and about to ratchet into act 2. The point of no return hasn't happened yet, but the incident that feeds the point of no return has. It's happening, like things always do, differently than I expected, but so much better. I... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 1

Day 1: 2,040 words. I have to say, I'm already surprised with how much is buried in this story. It's a simple chapter to begin with, but it is a rich soil that this story is being built on. I'm hoping to have some time today to go through and take notes about everything in... Continue Reading →

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