July #writemotivation

At the end of April I came across the hashtag #writemotivation on Twitter and while I’ve been a bit wary (read: uneducated) about hashtags in the past, this one caught my eye. A bit of research into it later, and I was signed up for the May #writemotivation. This meant that I was putting my writing goals out there, published on K.T. Hanna’s blogΒ – the genius behind this group – and my own. Despite knowing I was getting married and and going on my “minimoon” in May, I made some lofty goals.

If you’re reading this, a writer, and are unfamiliar with #writemotivation, check out K.T. Hanna’s blog. I highly recommend you sign up next time around! The basic premise is keeping others motivated via Twitter and blog commenting and checking on on each other’s monthly goals. Writing can be so solitary, and I feel like this was just the social boost I needed. The people are LOVELY and I’m so glad to have found the group.

So since I’mΒ not getting married this month (sadly, as it was a total BLAST), I am dedicating myself to getting the majority of the rest of my WIP first draft finished. Here are my July goals:
1. Finish new round of edits to MS #1.
2. MS #1 x5.
3. Finish edits to WIP to Chapter 9.
4. Write 10k in WIP.
5. Balance job hunting with writing, CP/Beta work, and blogging. Be realistic!

The last one might be trickiest. I’ve taken on another CP and another Beta – happy to have found them! But this means I’m still finishing (but delaying finishing, at the same time, as I’m enjoying them WAY too much) the OUTLANDER series, while reading several other WIPs/drafts of other writers. And regardless of my writing goals, I still need to spend time on the job hunt. I’m hoping we can relocate to Scotland so I’m looking for jobs there – but this job hunt-around, I plan to be very picky about what I apply for, spend an entire afternoon if I can on each application, and focus on what would be worth moving for. Also still looking for work in the Bristol area, though I feel like I’ve been beating my head against the wall in that respect for over 2 years now.

So I’ve got to be realistic, but I know I can do this. No big plans; I can’t go away this month because the UK Border Agency has my passport as they process my new visa (don’t get me started on the nerves!!), and part of me knows that even if I get an job interview this month, I don’t know how well it will go without my passport in hand to show them. So I’ve got plenty of time and NO EXCUSES πŸ™‚

I will be doing the rounds on all my fellow #writemotivation writers’ blogs and Twitter and hope to see yours soon πŸ™‚

Photo credit to Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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18 thoughts on “July #writemotivation

  1. So happy you made the jump onto the #writemotivation train and I’m so glad you are still with us. It is such an inspirational group.

    On the goals: Wow! Good luck! That’s awesome. πŸ˜€ I know you can do it. πŸ˜€
    On the marriage: Again, congrats. Very happy for you both and jealous you got married in a castle.
    On the job hunt: Good luck! You’ll find something. Besides, I bet Scotland is an awesome place (not that I’ve ever been there).

    See you around! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Andrew!! I’m hoping I’m being a bit more realistic this month, we’ll see. Whenever I think I’m being ridiculous, I remind myself of the day that I wrote 8k in one sitting. But then I remind myself I’ve not done it since πŸ˜‰ See you around! πŸ™‚

  2. great goals. i’m also trying to keep balance in perspective this month. and i can only envy your ability to travel via passport, *sighs with extreme jealousy*. the only country i’ve been to is canada and as beautiful as it is, it just doesn’t really count as exotic and there aren’t a lot of scotland type castles or fancy accents.

    1. I know what you mean. I made a pretty massive jump when I moved over here, never guessing it would work out the way it did, but I really longed to see new places and travel. Granted, I’ve been here 5 years and have been on TWO trips to the continent (France and Greece), but it’s two more than I did before I moved here so I’m counting my blessings! As wonderful as it is, there are days (like today) where I *really* get homesick for the U.S. My husband and I are… wait for it…going to our local TGI Friday’s for the 4th. Yep. That’s about the most American thing we can do (can’t even BBQ as we live in a flat). πŸ˜‰ So, the grass is indeed greener… Good luck with your goals, too!

  3. Hello! Going to follow you here then make sure I’m sorted on twitter as I’m a first time writemotivation = er! UK Based too πŸ™‚ You will achieve your goals!

    1. Thank you and welcome to the #writemotivation group! Nice to meet you and great to see other UK-based writer peeps on the group! Good luck with your goals as well, and see you on Twitter πŸ™‚

  4. So glad you found #writemotivation, and even more glad to have you as a CP! You have some great goals and I will do my best to keep you motivated, no excuses girlie!!

    Again, good luck with the job/visa stuff. I will send good #writemotivation vibes your way and keep ya in my prayers. I have faith you will find something great! Just make sure you can take a day or two off for when I am in the UK next summer! =P

    1. Thanks for the encouragement – I need “tough love” regularly to get me going πŸ˜‰ (oh, but not TOO tough πŸ˜‰ Loving your 2nd book, and so glad to have met you as well!

      And thank you for the well wishes on the job and visa stuff. Things will work out! Just gotta keep my butt in the chair and fingers on the keyboard, as they say πŸ™‚ (And please do visit any time πŸ™‚

  5. Wow, these are some aggressive goals, but you’re right that pushing ourselves is the best way to ensure forward momentum. I’m sure it will be much easier this time around without wedding craziness. Best of luck with all your goals, and I hope you find a job that keeps you happy until you make your first million selling you books.

    1. Thanks, Jocelyn! I’m treating this month like a mini-NaNo – number of words and chapters edited already written on my calendar. Probably because I turn 21 again (hahahaha, oh… if only) at the end of the month and I want to feel like I accomplished a big chunk of stuff right before inching away from my youth *sniff*. πŸ˜‰

  6. Oy – job hunting is tough. It’s like a full-time job in and of itself, not to mention putting writing on top of it! You sound like you have a good perspective on it, though, and I got no doubts that you will be able to rock out these goals. πŸ™‚

  7. I just joined #writemotivation for the first time this month and have been loving the community! Sounds like you have quite some different things to juggle – good luck! Especially on the job hunt, Scotland is beautiful (and the perfect inspirational setting for writing ;)).

    1. Thanks, Kat! πŸ™‚ Scotland is the most beautiful place, and you’re absolutely right…so inspiring. I’m confident that within the next couple months we’ll have a plan worked out, but for now I know at least I can get lots of writing done while figuring it all out. I’m new as of May myself to this group, but a big hearty Welcome to #writemotivation!! πŸ™‚ The community is great, and everyone’s so supportive. And congrats on the publishing house internship – ooh ooh, lucky!! πŸ™‚

  8. I agree that balancing writing with one’s other goals and obligations is the trickiest. Many people imagine that writers’ days consist of writing and savouring endless cups of coffee. I don’t know any writer, published or not, whose life resembles that popular conception. I think writing down your monthly goals is an effective way to make sure that pages are written and queries are sent; also, making yourself accountable to someone else is good idea.

    1. Hear, hear! It’s hard enough some days to do the thing you want MOST to do with your life, I don’t know why. At least, I find that. I have a voice in the back of my head that says, “You can’t concentrate on that until you’ve done all these chores, researched jobs for 15 hours, exercised, gone grocery shopping, etc. etc.” And so often I listen to it. Accountability, even if it’s not the strictest, is a definite help to me lately!

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