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ROW80 – 1st Round of 2019 Goals

In 2018, I failed again at NaNoWriMo. I have tried to write novel-length work many times and usually don’t finish the work. I often lose interest so how can I expect readers to remain interested? I did have some writing success though. My overall output of words per month definitely increased over the year, just by tracking that and knowing that I wanted to be able to write more.

In the first quarter of 2019, I’m shifting my focus a bit. Instead of wishing I could write and self-publish a novel, I’m going to work on becoming more consistent with writing. I want to focus more on short stories too. Every now and then I end up with a custom erotica client and I really enjoy doing that work so I’d like to spend some time on that. Maybe I can bundle erotica short stories for amazon sale or look for paying markets along those lines.

A Round of Words in 80 Days seems perfect for the consistency practice. They’re not worried about the huge word counts of NaNoWriMo and they’re more flexible about what participants write. That sounds perfect.

Writing Goals for the next 3 months: 

  • 3500 words per week fiction
  • 2 non-fiction article-style blog posts per week. They can be ghost work or for the dog blog, not this blog. This is personal and not the same type of thing.

That breaks down into around 700 words per day – 1 day for each blog and then 5 days of fiction. Ultimately, I’m going to need to be writing much more than that but I think it’s better to work on consistent writing at this point instead of the dichotomy of big bursts followed by nothing.

In the last 3 months, I’ve had days as high as 5000 words total that didn’t feel like a struggle, 1000-2000 word days that felt like a slow slog, and too many days without any writing at all.  Those days when everything was flowing and seemed effortless were magical. Of course, too many days ended up filled with things not my novel. It’s definitely time to add consistency and a plan to the practice.

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4 thoughts on “ROW80 – 1st Round of 2019 Goals”

  1. Eden Mabee says:

    Ooh, I so get the feeling of needing consistency with writing (pretty much most creative, personal improvement projects), so these goals make incredible sense. You have to find your balance with words though. Perhaps your creativity ebbs and flows like the ocean, Perhaps you can coax those raging waves into something more mellow and enriching though too instead of feeling like you’ve been bashed against bare rock cliffs….

    And hopefully we can help. Welcome to the RoW80!

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to any progress I can make this year. I love how friendly the community seems. Some writers groups seem very competitive.

      I’m hoping that by framing my goals in terms of what I want to get done in a week, I am leaving myself room for when the muse grabs me and still managing something consistent. If my 3500 words of fiction happens in one big rush, okay. If not, I’ll chip away at it over the week.

  2. Erin Zarro says:

    Welcome Ginger! There are no failures in NaNoWriMo. 😉 Whatever you wrote, it is still a win!

    Good goals here. I am writing erotica, too.I officially started a few years ago but I have one book that grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. It’s a mashup with erotica elements. We’ll see what it ends up being.

    Consistency is so important. I am glad you are working on it.

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      Even without finishing, I still wrote twenty-five thousand-ish words of a novel in November and I have an outline for how I want it to go. I’m not even bored with it. I’m just concerned because someone in my writing group said it went too in detail for the kink elements for a typical reader so now I’m trying to figure out how to tone them down without making something dangerous seem too easy.

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