September Writing Goals

I can’t believe September’s here. It’s the month that always make me a bit sad and nostalgic for every summer past, my favourite time of year. When I was a kid, it was long vacations, trips to Allegany State Park, theme parks, beaches, endless days and late nights of playing, swimming, and going for walks. I’ve never really gotten into winter. I don’t like wearing 18 layers, being cold, and the dangers of winter travel. So each year I struggle to say goodbye to August.

By the year’s end, we’ll hopefully have bought a house and either be moved or preparing to move all our stuff up north. We’ll hopefully both have new jobs lined up, and be ready to move into that next phase of life, as a home-owning married couple who can finally get a cat, paint walls, hang frames, and pick out carpet. I can’t frickin’ wait. After 31 (or is it 32?) moves in my life, mostly from one apartment to another all over Nashville and Sacramento, I am so keen to be in one place, throw out the cardboard boxes, and just breathe knowing we can spread out, join a community, join a gym, and put some roots down.

Before I begin my work experience placement in October, September is the time for getting SHEDLOADS done on both my WIP and my first manuscript. I received amazingly helpful feedback from a few lovely beta readers on both, and I want to send you HUGE GIANT SALTY HUGS AND PINCHES. Just in case you haven’t met Giant Salty yet, which you probably haven’t as he’s only made one blog appearance so far and it was a year ago, here you are:

This is him being shy. But he really wants to hug you. And maybe pinch.

Here are my #Writemotivation goals for September:

1. Reach 70k word mark on WIP first rough draft.
2. Revise 1st MS based on any beta feedback received.
3. Send feedback for beta reading (if not done by end of August).
4. 1st MS x3.
5. Revise query for WIP to include changes.
6. Set aside specific time weekly to read blogs/comment/cheer! 

I should point out that as of 1 September, I’m starting out at 42,076 words in total for my first draft of my WIP, so this means only another 28,000. I know that still sounds like a lot, but it is doable.

I might have to wait until the end of the month for #4. So far I’ve got one set of feedback on it, and I’m in the middle of implementing changes. But if I’m not happy with where I’m at with it in say 3 weeks, I might need to postpone this. 

I’d like to visit blogs on Tuesdays, since most people blog on Mondays in #Writemotivation. Then Twitter breaks throughout the week, in between writing scenes, would be ideal. As it is now, I’m all over the place. Twitter for 10 minutes, blogs for 20, Amazon, job websites, RSS feeds… I need to SERIOUSLY straighten out my focus. One thing at a time. Get it done, take a break, then get back to it.

Good luck with all your goals this month, and I hope you surprise yourself with what you can accomplish! And if the 30-inch plush red crab didn’t make you smile the first time, here’s another shot…

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11 thoughts on “September Writing Goals

  1. That sounds great being able to have one final move and voila, that’s it. Though I haven’t moved 30 odd times, maybe about half that, I so understand just wanting to buy a house and stay put. Think I’m a fair few years away from that.

    I’m sure you’ll do great on your September goals and kick both your WIP and 1st MS butts. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Mia! I sure hope so…My goal is to have a 2nd or 3rd draft complete of my WIP by the year’s end, so that means making the most of this month’s motivational cheerleading and butt-kicking 😀 And as for the moving, I think we both are aware we probably won’t stay in our next place forever either, but it would be nice to be somewhere solid for about 3-5 years. I haven’t been able to call any place truly “home” since I left home about 16 years ago and I’m seriously ready!

  2. September always makes me feel nostalgic too. For me, it was about school starting and high school football games. I always get that slightly nervous-excited feeling in the pit of my stomach with the slant of the light starts to look like fall. Now we can be nervous-excited about meeting our writing goals!

    Wishing you a very productive #writemotivation month,
    Jocelyn

    1. A very productive month to you, too! In recent years, when I was doing my 3-year degree course in Cornwall, I did totally love autumn then, I can’t lie. I absolutely loved doing a degree as a mature student because that time around, I was so keen on reading every ounce of everything I could, doing my best, and really taking it all in. So that might be the only time period in my life where I loved the excitement of September that you’re talking about! If I could do another degree for that reason alone, I think I would 😉

    1. Thanks! We’ll see. So far it’s taken me a half hour just to proof a much-polished chapter. I’m timing myself now, which will either lead to productivity or depression 😉

  3. yes, your focus my need more focus, but at least you know it. sounds like you’re working on a plan, too. i set a timer for myself when it’s time for reading blogs. i’ve gotten much better at taking shorter twitter breaks – i used to have a much harder time. good luck with your hefty goals. they ARE doable! you can do it!

  4. Hello fellow #writemotivator! 🙂

    It’s so nice to be able to move into one place and just stay there for years, even if you never end up putting furniture in one room because you’re using it as storage 😉 Best luck on the move, and on reaching your goals for the month! I’ll see you around Twitter and the Blogosphere!

    1. Hi Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Yes, I cannot WAIT. Every day I’m more anxious. As soon as we’ve both nailed down jobs for sure in the same place, then we can pounce. Cannot. WAIT. 🙂 Even if we don’t unpack some boxes for a year, it’ll be nice knowing we don’t have to move them again 😉 See you around!

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