January Progress

This year my main goal is to build the foundation for a writing career and to help you do the same. With this in mind, I’ve decided to share my progress on the goals I set for this year at the end of each month. I’d love to hear about your own progress in the comments below. Remember, we’re all on this path together. Not only is it important to help each other figure things out, but it’s important to celebrate our successes as a community.

I’m going to start by addressing each of my goals in order.

Finish Editing Moonshadow’s Guardian– I kind of hit a snag with this where I thought I’d printed the whole thing, but when I reached the end of my printed manuscript, it wasn’t the end of the book. So I got frustrated and worked on other stuff for a while, but now I’ve printed the rest of it and started working at it again.

Write Twelve Guest Posts– I have a whole bunch of ideas, a list of blogs to pitch, and a first draft for one of these blogs. I’ll be editing and submitting my first guest post next week, and with any luck you’ll be hearing about its publication soon.

Query 12 Articles– I’ve been having a lot of trouble developing specific article ideas to the point where I’m comfortable querying them, so I’m already behind. But I’m going to work hard to catch up over the next week or so.

Launch 10 Commandments– I’ve typed this whole thing up now, so all I need to do is lengthen it a bit and then add some writing exercises and it’ll be finished. It’ll still be a bit before it’s formatted and ready for sale, but I’m proud of my progress on this.

Create Dear Diary Workbook– I haven’t really started working on this yet, but I have a pretty good idea of what I want it to look like.

Edit Some Secrets Should Never Be Known– Since I’m behind on editing Moonshadow’s Guardian, I haven’t started editing this yet, but I’m hoping to get started early next month.

Write One New Novel– This one’s special for November, so I haven’t started it yet.

Analysis of Progress

I was a little bit less focused this month than I should have been, and I’ve been doing poorly with the planner I decided to try for the year, but I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished this month. I also did some other work, including editing and submitting a short story that I hadn’t touched in a while.

My main concern in the month ahead is adjusting to the new planner. I’m hoping that I can teach myself to stick with the plan in order to increase my productivity. I’ve never been someone who likes rigid routine, but if I am to succeed in this business, I need to put the hours in and I need some sort of routine. I need to practice staying at my computer even when it’s much more tempting to go somewhere.

Right now spontaneity is the biggest thing standing in my way. My goal is to balance the routine and the spontaneity so that I don’t feel stifled but I get the most work possible done.

What progress have you made on your goals? What is your plan for the month ahead?

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About Dianna Gunn

I am a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. My first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is available now through The Book Smugglers Publishing.

Posted on February 1, 2013, in Goal setting, Inspirational, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Brianna Soloski

    I posted my January goal update on Wednesday. I’m making okay progress – my goals are monthly vs. yearly. It’s less pressure for me, especially since I’m so busy. I wanted to tell you that if you need an editor for your books, don’t hesitate to contact me. I have reasonable rates and can work with you to make it affordable. Also, I’d love to have you guest blog for me this year.

  2. Hi Brianna,

    My goals are yearly because there’s no way I could finish most of them in a month, so it feels like less pressure for me. These are things I have to do regardless if I want to build a future for myself.

    I am also getting ready to start my own editing service, and I intend to submit my books to publishers until they find a home that way. So I will not be needing any outside editorial help; I have a couple critique partners and that’s really all I need.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    ~Dianna

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