Monday, December 26, 2011

I Can - So Can You

This is the time of year I start thinking about my goals for next year. Actually I should have done this already, but it's been so crazy I haven't had even two spare moments until now.

All the same, I think my subconscious has been thinking about next year for a few weeks. For although I'm only starting the process, I have some goals and some changes in my routine in mind.

My Writing Planner is on my desk, and I'll spend this week making a lot of decisions.

One decision I've already made will affect all of you. But not too much.

Starting the first week in January, I'm returning to absolutely putting my writing first.

Saying it here makes it a reality, you know - complete with the Official Tiki Stamp.

What this means for me is no more blogging and email over morning coffee. Oh, I'll still have the coffee. But instead of a slow and easy wake-up, I'm jumping straight into my manuscript. I'm going to set some time and word count goals for this morning writing time, too. Not sure exactly what yet. Something reachable but out of my comfort zone. I need to push the limits.

I will most likely need to play with this whole concept for a bit to learn exactly what works best, but I feel this is the road I need to be on right now to accomplish everything I want to before summer.

What this means for you is that I'll be responding to comments here and visiting your blogs in the afternoons instead of mornings. You may have noticed over the last few weeks that I've done more and more of that anyway because I was so busy with everything else. So I think we'll all survive.

How about you? Are you thinking about goals or have you already made your 2012 goals?

Do you change up your routine from time to time? Or I'm weird that way?

Happy Monday!

31 comments:

LR said...

Yes I have most certainly been thinking about my goals.

My problem is I work freelance from home. So writing is regularly interrupted by things that have to be done for work.

Still, I'd like to waste less time in general. And writing first thing in the morn' just might be a good solution for me too. Good luck with your goals! ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm a creature of habit, so changes in my routine are subtle. Next year I do plan on writing one more book.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

It all depends on what I have to do regarding housework or visiting my daughter, I usually do comments in the morning and post a post in the evening. I have just achieved my goal for 2011 by having my second book published despite the trials and tribulations along the way.I have been thinking about goals for next year and a few comes to mind........lose a few more pounds and more writing.

Have a great day.
Yvonne.

Clarissa Draper said...

I've been thinking about my writing goals for next year too and I'm with you, I think writing has to come first. I love your idea of starting first think in the morning. I'm going to start doing that more as well.

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck to you .... me, I write whenever I can. So no changes in my goals in this department. I take what my day gives me and at the end hope I've accomplished something.

Carol Kilgore said...

LR - Totally understandable. I have interruptions, too, but mine are not other work related.

Alex - I'm not so much a creature of habit, but I do work much better when I have a regular routine - which I don't mind changing if I think of something better.

Yvonne - More writing and losing weight are always good :)

Clarissa - We can compare notes after a week or two :)

Stephen - Days like that make me a little crazy, but some people - like Live-In Handyman and you - thrive in that type of environment.

Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

I'll write a book sometime next year. I'm slow and plodding like a turtle so it won't be as part of a nano type thing.

Carol Kilgore said...

Good for you. I've been a turtle writer, too. One of my goals for 2012 is to speed up the process a bit.

Maryann Miller said...

I change my routine a lot. You may have noticed I have not been visiting blogs much at all the last couple of months. I am so bad with schedules and operate on a "push-down pop-up" method - I'll be working on one thing and something else pops up and sometimes I never get back to the first thing.

My goal for this year is similar to yours, I will work on my book first. Hopefully, this year that resolution will make it past January 10th. LOL

Wishing you all good things for the New Year.

Carol Kilgore said...

I wondered what happened to you :)

Let's hear it for January 11!

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Merry Christmas past, Carol. Good on you. You're doing what we all need to do and i've been trying for while - put the writing first. If we don't, then really, eventually we'll have nothing to blog, tweet, fb, google+ etc about.

My 2012 is going to be different as I'm going to be living between Brisbane City and Peregian Beach, which will be interesting. But the good news is that this new situation will mean I'll have more writing time.

So here's to 2012 and all our writing achievements.

Happy Happy New Year to you!

Denise

Carol Kilgore said...

I had to go to Google Maps, Denise, to find Peregian Beach. I hope you'll be living near the beach with a Tiki Hut in view :)

More writing time is definitely a plus.

Happy New Year back!

irishoma said...

My goals are on my mind this time of year, and shaking up things is a good way to make progress.
Donna V.

Mason Canyon said...

Hope you had a wonderful holiday Carol. Your new goals for the coming year sound like they will keep you on track for your writing. I need to start thinking of a plan for the coming year before it's here and gone. Wishing you much success with your writing in 2012.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Laura Eno said...

I like Maryann's "push down - pop up" analogy. That's what happens to me when I spend the morning visiting blogs and answering emails. One thing leads to another and the morning is gone, just like you've experienced. It's hard - I don't like people thinking I've forgotten about them, but writing has to come first.

VR Barkowski said...

My writing goals for 2012 are to tackle the short story and squelch toxic feedback by listening to my inner voice.

Happy New Year!

J.L. Campbell said...

I do need to put more time into my writing too and I'll be juggling one or two other goals as well. Discipline is key to achieving our goals, so you've made a good start deciding how best things might work for you. All the best.

Carol Kilgore said...

Donna - I agree.

Mason - Good wishes for you, too.

Laura - Same feelings exactly.

VR - Great goals. Learning to listen to and trust my inner voice is one of my goals, too.

J.L. - Thanks. Wishing you and everyone success, too.

Stephen Tremp said...

We're still trying to wrap up loose ends for 2011 so we can start the new year afresh and with a clean slate. We have a plan of action, but are flexible and can go with the flow when life dictates.

LynNerdKelley said...

You go, girl! I'm glad you're putting your writing first and shooting for your goals. That's what blogging is all about, part of our writing, but it can't come first. Glad you've set this goal. We'll all celebrate with you when you reach those goals! Woo hoo! Happy New Year, Carol!

Jan Christensen said...

Many, many published writers I've read about do those "morning hours." You know that's been the way I do it, too. So, I applaud your decision to try it that way. The trick for me has been then doing more, specifically editing and submitting later in the day. To say nothing about social networking. But with your determination, I know you can get it all done. Good luck and Happy 2012! I look forward to hearing about how it's going.

Hart Johnson said...

I always (except on vacation) actually write my blog the night before and then schedule it for the next morning, as I think MORE people read mornings and I don't want to miss people, but yes--starting slow seems to carry over, doesn't it? I agree. If it would HELP you and your goals, I have a group on Facebook called Writing Sprints R Us which is a collective--anyone can start a sprint at any time--and you can maybe have someone to write WITH for the hour you set--for me it keeps me accountable--writing steadily. it also gives me permission to turn off the other stuff for that hour. You're welcome to join!

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Very reachable goals, Carol. It's easy to get distracted by external sources, like blogger, twitter,etc. As a writer who also endeavors to write, I support your decision one hundred percent. Good luck. Wishing you the best this New Year.

Carol Kilgore said...

Stephen - That's wonderful. I'm pretty flexible and adaptable, but long-term I need structure.

Lynn- It's easy for me to let blogging rule my day. So I have to push it down a rung.

Jan - Determined and persistent. But so not a morning person.

Hart - I write and schedule my blog posts for the week during the preceding weekend. They go live at 7:15 on M/W/F. I'll just be responding and visiting in the afternoons.

Thanks for letting me know about your sprint group. I'll see how it goes for a couple of days and try to get the dogs in a routine first.

Carol Kilgore said...

Andrea - We crossed. Thanks for your support. I with you a great 2012, too.

McKenzie McCann said...

I'd love to get to query stage of my WIP and get the novel I'm contracted for out and on virtual shelves this next year. That would make this next year feel successful.

Carol Kilgore said...

McKenzie - I have three projects in various stages in the wings, and maybe a fourth. Still working on just how long I think things will REALLY take.

Tami Brothers said...

Good for you, Carol! I agree that writing needs to come first. I just need to work harder at making myself do that, too. :)

My goals for this coming year is to make my writing more of a priority and to also work at the craft. I'm signed up for three different 2 month classes in Jan and Feb and expect this to pretty intense. I'm hopeful it will get me back on track.

Tami

Carol Kilgore said...

I hope you get the most out of those classes, Tami. Happy New Year!

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Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Sounds like you've got a good plan organized. I change my routine as I go, always trying to make my writing a priority.

Happy New Year!!!