KJ (owlmoose) wrote,

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Monthly writing goals round-up

Dear November,

Good riddance. Don't let the door etc. Also, feel free to take all of 2009 with you.

No love,

Okay, with that out of the way, let's see how we did.

Journaling goals:

1. Write and publish at least one unlocked post every day.
- Missed this, but not by much; there was one day when I was sick and hating life and so didn't post publicly. (It was just whining, so you missed nothing.) I guess that's not so bad, but this is the first time that I've failed NaBloWriMo, so I'm kind of bummed.

2. A check-in post about writing progress counts as a post, but I can only use that as my sole post three days a week. I only resorted to this a couple of times, so I feel okay about that. Downside: I wrote so little that there wasn't much point in making writing progress posts.

3. At least four substantial posts per week. I'd have to go back and count, but I'm pretty sure I managed this one. So for posting goals, I think I can call this two for three.

Writing goals:

1. Write something every day. Hahahahahahaha. Ha. Ha. For the first half of the month, I blame being sick; for the second, I blame futzing with AO3.

2. Make progress on Aftermath. (Poor, poor Aftermath.) Some, almost all at the start of the month. Less than I wanted, though.

3. Finish at least two outstanding request fics, ideally more. This one, I did: I finished up two stories for the Alphabet meme. Both drabbles, true, but I completed them, and I think they both did prety well.

4. Post a completed story at least once per week. Nope. Once again, I blame the Cold of Doom - I missed in the second week of the month and pretty much gave up on this one.

So, overall I'm four for seven in terms of goals, which I suppose isn't too bad given that I basically lost two weeks. Lessons learned: sometimes I can write when I'm sick, but not always, and perhaps more importantly, I shouldn't let myself get discouraged when I set myself a goal and then miss a step almost right away. Maybe it was clear almost right away that I wasn't going to write a lot that first week and a half, but that's no excuse for having slacked off so much the rest of the month. Even with November as a semi-failure, I want to continue setting monthly goals and holding myself to them as best I can. It worked at the start of the year; it can work again.
Tags: i need better tags, meta, whine, writing, writing projects

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