I’ve found that telling people about my goals gives me an added motivation to meet them. After all, I don’t want other people to think that I’m slacking off. I’ve been making it a general practice to announce my goal for a daily word count on this blog, and to (at least most of the time) record whether or not I’ve hit that goal. I’m putting up my goals for November a bit early.
The method to my madness with the early announcement is that my November goal is going to take a little more planning than past efforts have needed. I’m planning to participate in NaNoWriMo, while maintaining my writing projects.
The current plan is to pump out 2,000 words every weekday for my NaNoWriMo project, as well as 2,000 words for other writing projects. 4,000 words seems doable, especially since I’m planning things out in advance: I have a sketchy outline for my novel (which I hope to improve in the next two days), I’ve set up a calendar of writing projects and done what research I can ahead of time.
I’m also setting some lower limits to new projects that I’ll accept. Even for fiction or poetry projects, my goal is to be paid at least enough to make it worth my while. Since I work on such a wide variety of projects, my lower limits vary — after all, blogging takes a little less work that crafting a perfect essay.
Have you set any goals for the next month?
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