On YouTube, I’ve often seen other writers and published authors set what they call “Quarterly Writing Goals”. Now I’m too sure what that exactly means, but I was sitting in my bed contemplating my writing, and I thought that I should set some type of plan or goal for April if I really want to see some more progress.
It’s been a while since I’ve written my first draft–and that first draft probably took me about a year to write fully. Now I am on what I consider to be my second draft and I am heavily deep into revisions.
I’m a pretty fast writer, and I don’t really have a set word count goal for myself every single day. However—I feel like that would be a great idea some point in time. On average, I can write 1,000-5,000 words each writing session. Although—I do not write daily.
I finally feel that I am in a place where I am seeing progress where it’s clicking in my mind. Yes, there are a few scenes here and there where I am very, very indifferent about, but I have to move on because in time—It will come to me. Well, that is what I tell myself.
Anyway, these are my goals for this second draft of Mortal Hearts & Shadows!
Goal #1: FINISH FINAL DRAFT 2 ACT ONE REVISIONS
So, I am hoping by the middle of the month with the help of my CP’s—I will be able to complete my “final” stage of revisions of Act 1 of my story. I say “final”, because I’m still really early on in my drafting process.
I’ve already completed my self revision–it’s time for my CP’s to mark it up with all the things they see wrong and for me to correct it!
Goal #2 FINISH SELF REVISION (by the end of April)
This second goal also has to do with Mortal Hearts & Shadows, and basically it means YES, I would finally like to finish my darn revisions! Well…Self-revisions I still have to send it out to CP’s to get their feedback.
For me—I’m so sick and tired of looking at my book and being like WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR STORY. I have had enough—I am so stressed out. Then I will also have those moments where I’m literally like—OH right, I literally did this to myself.
I didn’t think that I would put this as a goal until I realized how far along I was in my self-revisions, and then I had this moment where I was like—I COULD FINISH THIS BY THE END OF APRIL! We’ll see how that goes.
Goal #3 Outline Urban Fantasy
A writer’s brain—It never stops. It’s come to a point where I’ve had to carry a notebook and pen in my purse because random bursts of ideas and plot breakthrough’s hit my brain like little rockets shooting into space.
Anyway, this next idea has the title holder “The Five Statues” because—there are five physical statues in this book. It’s been an idea that’s been slowly brewing in my head for quite some time now. This is one of the few cases where I’m like–I’m glad it took this long because I got to really flesh out certain aspects in my head.
I would say it’s been an idea for almost three years, but, I have not been able to dedicate my focus to it what so ever since I’ve been so occupied with my current WIP. I actually tried to draft it as I was revising my current project and it did not go well.
For MONTHS—I’ve been like, “Faith you gotta outline this thing.” Did that happen? No. Will it happen by the end of April…. I HOPE SO.
Anyway–I’ve really been wanting to buy some new headphones specifically bluetooth headphones. So, if I accomplish ALL of my goals I will buy myself some new snazzy head phones.
If I accomplish one or two, I will reward myself with some Lindor white chocolate! Although I’m pretty sure I want the chocolate more than I want the headphones…