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Tomorrow is May 1. How are your writing goals coming?

April 30, 2013

(It’s been a while since we run a Short Story Tuesday entry. If you want appear on this blog and be the envy of all your friends, drop me a line with your short story. It must be your property and must not be an entry for the FWA Collection.)

Tomorrow, we move into the middle third of 2013. In other words, it’s a great time to review the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year, if you did such a thing, and figure out where you are against them.

That’s not hyperbole. It’s truth.

We’re far enough into the year that you can’t look at what’s happened so far and call it a fluke. It’s been four complete months. That’s almost enough time to make half a baby. It’s been 120 days. If you haven’t gotten much done, but you’ve seen every single episode of The Big Bang Theory, including the reruns, maybe you need to spend some time in the thinking chair.

The thinking chair

On the other hand, you’ve got 240 entire days left until it’s time to pop the cork and bid 2013 a fond farewell. In other words, if you’ve been doing very little, there’s still time to make this year the best year yet.

If you’re on track with your goals, awesome. Go write. You deserve the time.

If you aren’t, here are some strategies to help you do better in the remainder of the year:

  • Take stock of what you actually do. Seriously. Write down how you spend your time. If you’re trying to lose weight, you might decide to write down everything you eat. If you’re trying to spend less, you can write down everything you spend. If you’re trying to free up time for writing, write down how you spend your time. Maybe you’ll find out that you really are that busy and you’re going to be until school’s out. If that’s the case, you can be busy with a clear conscience. You really are doing the best you can. If you’re screwing off, then maybe it’s time to review the things you spend time on and drop some of the lower-priority items and replace them with writing.
  • Take stock of what you’re trying to write. If you’re trying to write a novel and you have maybe half an hour every other day, it’ll be hard. By the time you figure out where you were and what you were doing, writing time’s over. Maybe you should try something shorter for now. Perhaps a short story fits your life better. Or a blog post. Or short poems. Sometimes you have to write what you can, instead of what you want to write.
  • Forgive yourself. You’re reading this and you feel like a bad, bad writer. You’ve done all kinds of non-writing stuff, and barely a word’s been writing. You feel sheepish, like you’ve forsaken something important. Guess what? That’s why I wrote this post at the end of April, not the end of August. You have a long time left. You can still make out this year.

Happy May Day.

Get to work.

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3 Comments
  1. April 30, 2013 8:06 pm

    Zing. That “Big Bang” reference tilted my conscience. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Chris Hamilton permalink
    April 30, 2013 9:57 pm

    For me, it’s Mad Men, West Wing, and baseball. The Mets should be mathematically eliminated in a day or two, though…

  3. May 1, 2013 6:40 am

    Thanks for reminder. I was looking at my goals couple days ago were have the days gone. I letting goals get behind. Been running the radical idea of turning TV cable off for the summer, it seems scary but does make you focus on whats important (have lived with out it before) in your life. I’m sports lover myself but the dolphins, lose (win once-in-while) weather i watch or not.

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