Writing Goals Progress Report #01

I know I only announced my writing goals early last month, but I’m thinking perhaps I’d like to do a quarterly update on my progress. Now since we are fast approaching the end of the first quarter I thought it would be as good a time as any to get the first progress report on my goals up. So if you’re interested in knowing how I’m doing, grab a cup of tea (or your beverage of choice) and keep on reading!
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Camp NaNo Plans

As we approach the end of February, I feel like a frenzy of writers across the globe are about to hop right into pre-Camp NaNoWriMo mode. This will be that time when they pick their projects, announce them, and decide who they want to be in a cabin with. To be fair though, as crazy as it seems some of us have already been thinking of our Camp NaNoWriMo April 2019 project ideas. I for one have. Now I won’t lie, I also considered skipping NaNoWriMo’s April camp session this year so I could solely focus between Collected and Vini’s Story. Then I realized that if I stick to my plan, Collected should hopefully be in the hands of an editor in April – which would free up a bit of time. Then it hit me! I knew what I wanted to do in April.
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Setting A Deadline

I’ve come to the conclusion with myself that I give myself too much leeway. There’s always an excuse, right? Life happens with a variety of incidents that continuously distract us and pull us away from what we want to accomplish. For me, it’s getting Collected done and published. I am slowly, but surely working on my edits and revisions before shipping my manuscript off to an editor for a fresh set of eyes to comb over it. I have been searching editors for a while now, but have yet to actually make any solid connection with one. Why? Because life happens and I think up until now a part of me was nervous they’d give me a deadline I couldn’t reach to send my work in by. Naturally they would need to, but that would mean I’d have to stop slowing down on my work load when life is happening behind the scenes.
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10 Minute Writing Exercise

There are times as a writer when I go to sit down to work on a current WIP (work in progress), that I find myself having a hard time getting a start on my words. One thing that I personally find extremely helpful is the ten minute writing exercise. Basically it’s when you set a timer for ten minutes and type out your subconscious in a stream. No worries of breaks, grammar, or anything. You just focus on writing out whatever crosses your mind for a whole ten minutes. Even if what crosses your mind is a random statement of “this is really dumb, but I’m going to do it anyways to see what happens”. There is no worry of grammar, line breaks, or anything. It’s just pushing your creative self to get into a flow of writing (or typing) out words.
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