Summer Writing Goals Recap + New, Effective Goals

At the beginning of summer, I shared my goals for the summer. This is how they turned out.
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Edit Royale

I did this! I finished the second draft on Saturday.  (I just now realized I said ‘first’ instead of ‘second’ and I was like “that explains the comments on my first my first draft…”)

Finish my WIP (and come up with a title for it)

I wrote like three chapters, and I absolutely hated it. I knew this wasn’t the novel I wanted to write.

Blog More Often 

I’d like to say I sort of did this. When I made these goals, I didn’t know how busy and stressed I was this summer.

Finish the 100 for 100

I did not finish. With camps and finding time to write, I got out on week 4. However, I did get out on 60k words, mostly for my novel (which I seem to have edited down to 35k?).

Grow as a Writer

For sure. I wrote a novel in three weeks and and actually finished and edited. I’d say that’s improvement. My past novels I didn’t finish, and the one I did finish took me three months to write.

I’m changing my goals. I make them smaller and plan for what I know I have time for. I use Wunderlist, and whenever you complete something on your list, there’s a cheery little ding. I like that ding, and when I hear it I feel accomplished. So, when I’m working, I think of that to pull me through, weird as it sounds.

Every week, I’m going to write down my goals for each day, however I have some overall goals.

My September Goals:

Micro Edit my Synopsis 

Read and Make Notes on my Novel 

Get to Draft Three on my Novel 

Blog Once a Week 

Hayley @ Flourishing by Restful Falls is doing a blogging series, and one of the posts was to stop worrying about not posting and try only going for one post a week so you’re putting your best work into it.


10 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Wow! Congrats on finishing editing your first draft! That’s awesome!
    *shudders* I know editing is in my future, and I’m terrified. Yet also excited and eager to try it…. 😉 Your new goals sound great!

    1. Thank you! Editing can be tedious but fun. I like seeing how things end out, creating new storylines, and just returning back to the story and characters I love so much.

  2. Congrats on finishing your first draft! I’m in the middle of the first drfat for my WIP and THE FIRST DRAFT IS SO HORRIBLE!!!!

    Good luck on completing your goals! 😀

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