Or rather the goals of the writer.
Since my dreaded R a few months back, I've been more like the tortoise than the hare when it comes to writing. I've still typed off the odd chapter but actual books? I'm a lo-ooooong way off! So just before the conf, I decided to set myself some writing goals that I wanted to achieve before the end of the year.
Goal #1 - write 10k of my kinda rural romance single title idea so I could enter it into RWA Oz' Single Title And Loving It Contest this year. Not that I expect to place, although I do hope to get good feedback... the main reason for deciding to enter this contest was to give myself a deadline. And I'm pleased to report that today I met this goal.
And IT FEELS GOOD!
Goal #2 was to finish the partial and synopsis of my M&B Romance targetted mss, ready to sub the first chap to the contest and if I don't get past the first round (which let's face it, is higly likely cos there'll be a zillion people entering) directly to the ed I've been working with. I still need to edit and polish but this partial is basically done. The synopsis is well on the way.
Goal #3 was to write the first five pages (at the least) of a new M&B Romance idea, so that I could enter it into RWA Oz's High Five contest. The deadline of this (like the STALI) is end of September and I've written two pages, so I guess I'm on track.
Goal #4 was to write the first 50k of my rural romance so that I could apply for an ASA Mentorship. At the moment, this goal seems the most daunting. But, unless things go extremely well with the New Voices contest and my writing time is busy elsewhere, I'm gonna do my darn best to achieve this as well.
I've realised I work best with tangible goals that I can tick of a visual list and FEEL GOOD about!
What about you? Do you set goals? Does it work? If so, what's your next BIG goal!?