Yearly Goals- A month early

new-years-eveI know I’m more than a month early, but in order to achieve my goals, I have to be sure which ones I want to accomplish. As a writer, accepting a project is a big deal. To draft, edit, and improve a story takes time. Not minutes or hours, but days, weeks, and even months. Is the project worth the time I must invest?

I can’t say I’ve ever made a wrong choice. I’ve written novels that weren’t published, but each project was a learning experience, so I don’t feel like I wasted time.

I started a new project a few months ago. It is a longer story with a more complex world, so it is taking me longer than I thought it would. Yes, I am learning as I go. However, I have another project that is beginning to surface. I’ve tried to suppress it, but I don’t think I can.

This means if I take on this new project, it will take time away from the current story. It won’t stop, but will take more time to finish. It is a shorter story, and less complicated. No way could I try and write two ubber-complex stories.

As I plan what I want to accomplish for the New Year, I have to look at this past year. Did I use my time wisely? Did I accomplish everything I could have? My honest answer is NO. I failed to write as often I could have. That means if I work to take advantage of all my time, I can do more.

I can have my cake and eat it, too. I know that is pretty lame and cliche’, but you understand what I mean. I can continue working on my current project, and begin work on this other one. In order to do that, one must be a priority, and the other is second fiddle. That one gets worked on after I have worked the number of hours I planned for the first project.

I have to remember to set aside time for leisure and resting. I have to allow myself to accept changes that are beyond my control and not allow guilt to interfere with my life.

As long as I record my progress, I can continue to evaluate my progress.

To Thanksgiving shop, or not.

wild turkeyOn Thanksgiving we are supposed to be…um…thankful.

It seems everywhere I look, one person or another is complaining about stores opening on Thanksgiving. It’s unfair to those that have to work. It’s fueled by greed. It’s horrible.

Wait a minute, I thought on Thanksgiving we were to be Thankful. Be glad you have a job. Be glad that the economy is so good most of us can go out and spend money. Be Thankful……. I can write for hours things we can be thankful for, but I’ll cut this paragraph short. You can fill in the blanks what YOU are thankful for.

I know we all want to be with our family and friends on this important day to celebrate. In the real world, we can’t control everything-including large corporations that know they need to bring in the money while there are people wanting to spend. Big corporations answer to shareholders that demand a large profit. They aren’t about to turn down a chance for more earnings.

Many people have jobs and they are required to work. Doctors, nurses, those in the travel business, policemen, firemen.

Are these people giving up Thanksgiving? NO

They celebrate on another day, or before or after work.

Why can’t people be flexible and celebrate around work schedules without complaining? After all, that is what the season is about. Being Thankful.

Feel free to comment. I’ve already seen I am the minority in my thoughts on this.

To answer the title of this blog, NO I don’t shop on thanksgiving. I prefer to buy online, but I am not about to tell someone they shouldn’t shop on that day. If they want an item on sale, I urge them to buy what they want and save money. And I am not about to make them feel guilty for what they choose to do.

The Thanksgiving spirit isn’t confined to one day a year. I urge people to embrace the Thanksgiving spirit and be thankful that we can choose to be happy. We can also choose to celebrate on any day. My family of police officers, nurses, air traffic controllers, and Postal workers (they may not deliver mail on that day, but sorters are required to work) are celebrating on the 22nd.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nano and why its not for me.

ancient authorsI love the idea of Nano. It pushes writers to accomplish something they want and need to do. Write stories.

I would love to write an entire novel in one month. It isn’t that I can’t write 50,000 words in a month. I can do that easily. I just can’t write words for the sake of writing them. The faster I go, the longer revisions take. The longer they take, the greater the chance that I will get frustrated or bored with the idea of the story. Trust me on this. I have many novels that I have started and never completed. (I swear I’ll go back to them one day)

I thought I would be ready this year if I outline and plan. I planned, plotted, and outlined for 2 months. I’ve written the first scene probably eight times. I’m about to go for the ninth time.

I can’t imagine continuing with a story if the beginning isn’t set. There are no small fixes. When I fix something later, like thoughts, it seems goals and motivations change. Then, everything after that scene changes.

Good Luck to everyone Nanoing this year.

I’ll write at least 50K this month, but I’ll write my story my way. I’ll write a scene as many times as necessary in order to get it right. The good news is that the first scene is always the hardest. Once I get that one down, the rest usually falls into place.