I freely admit, when it comes to goals, I regularly bite off more than I can chew. According to all the self-help and motivational books I’ve read this year, that’s a great thing. So, I’ll put that under the category of flaws about myself I need to celebrate and accept. That category has lots of other things in it to keep goal-making company.
My typical problem with goals is not a lack of motivation, but a lack of plans. I will write ALL the words! And my plan looks like this: wake up: write. sleep: never, just keep writing. Well, that’s obviously not very sustainable when I’m healthy let alone when me or the kids get sick, allowing me to have time with my husband, a plan for when he’s out of town, a move, or anything else life tosses at me.
In recent months, I began a bullet journal and it’s worked brilliantly for me. I don’t do all the fancy designs and stuff. I just make a list of what I need to do. I write out when other appointments are coming. Now, that I know how to really plan in a way that works for me, I could probably use a traditional planner (which I have used before and would always lose) but I like having a little journal that can fit in my purse and I can jot down any note that I want.
Now that I have so many stories under my belt, I have a basic idea of how many words I can type in a block of time. I do well with sprinting. That is, I write for a few minutes with a timer going. Then I take a break (sometimes for hours) and come back. During the writing session, I don’t focus on finding the right word or researching something. I’m just writing. I will reread what I wrote later and make changes. It’s a much more effective use of my time. I can stare at an empty page all day and tell myself to write, or I can say to myself, just write (the intended scene because I do outline) for 15 minutes and suddenly the pressure is off. Usually, when the timer goes off, I don’t want to stop!
All this to say, that I really do think I have a fair chance of meeting my goals this year! This is important to you (even those waiting on an update for Mr. Darcy’s Compassion) because it means more stories. Before we get to the books though, I also have these goals not listed in order: Kindle paperbacks, Book website. Audiobook, Figure out how to balance writer & younique & homeschool, Learn Amazon ads, Learn Facebook ads, New covers!, Consistent posts, Grow network, Grow Newsletter, be more consistent, Upgrade bookfunnel, Own author email account, Learn videos, Business cards (author and younique), Patreon, Fix When Love Blooms series
And while there are notes about homeschooling and Younique in there, that’s mostly just the writer goals.
Here are the book plans:
January: Mr. Darcy’s Compassion (novel)
March: Lady Darcy’s Bluestocking Club (novel, sequel to Mr. Darcy’s Bluestocking Bride)
April: Mr. Darcy’s Impertinent Daughter (novella, sequel to The Gentleman’s Impertinent Daughter)
June: Domestic Felicity (novel, sequel to A Sense of Obligation)
July: Surprising Serenity (novella, Book 4 in When Love Blooms)
August: Restored (novella, book 1 in Friends and Follies, a Loving Elizabeth spin-off)
October: The Secrets of Donwell Abbey (novel, Emma Variation)
November: Debut of The Duchess of Clifford’s Lessons on Love Books 1-4: These will be short novels.
Book 1: Tempting Scandal (Nate and Sylvia)
Book 2: Beguiling Friendship (Jonathan and Penelope)
Book 3: Untitled (Max and CeCe)
Book 4: Untitled (James and Hannah)
December: A Christmas story which may or may not be JAFF
Throughout the year, I want to dedicate time to working on Mr. Darcy and the Bewitched Sisters. I hope to have the series ready to launch in 2021.
Now, it should be noted that only three of these stories have 0 words. A few only have a few hundred but I have spent years working on the outline and honing the intended tropes. As it stands now, Mr. Darcy’s Compassion and The Secrets of Donwell Abbey are the only stories which are stand-alone works. Only two of the JAFF stories are part of a planned series. How will the sequels to my old works do? I don’t know. However, the characters and the universe each story created which I thought was laid to rest with “the end” have spoken to me a lot in the last two years. I actually intended to work on them last year and didn’t do it. I am tired of breaking promises to myself, so here we go!
Also, I am getting off to a slow start as we have recently had a loss in my husband’s family and I am having some kind of reaction to a virus (so the neurologist thinks) and am dealing with loss of feeling all over my body. However, if there’s anything I know about myself, it’s that I can overcome and get back on the horse.