I love summer. I love to garden, and I love going hiking and camping, and I love to sit outside and read. I love it so much that I never get as much writing done as I want/plan. I should know this by now because every summer it’s the same, and yet still I face the fading sunlight with annual trepidation as I realize the year is wrapping up and I still got a TON of words left to write to make my goals.
Cue freak out.
So to get myself back on track, my fall plan is as follows:
1. Reflow the calendar.
I keep a running list of what I’m working on and when I plan to be done. Since summer always destroys my calendar, now’s a good time to bring it up to date. Usually that means all my daily word counts are higher and my slack days are fewer, but that’s the price I pay for slacking off all summer. I write at night so it’s a good thing the nights are getting longer…
2. Get butt in chair, fingers on keyboard.
That’s always part of my plan, of course, but it’s time to rededicate. Working around the day job, I can do 2-3k every night if I don’t dick around. That means disconnecting from the internet, no distracting books sitting on my desk, and no stopping until I’m done. Knowing how I get derailed is half the battle for staying focused. The other half is knowing what I’m going to write, so making sure my pre-writing plot work is done is crucial.
3. Always be moving — and looking — forward.
I get a little sad to see the end of summer, so I try to make sure I have something to energize me even though the sun is lower in the sky. This year, I’m attending a get-together of indie authors, and I recently joined a group of working writers. All these smart, focused, and driven people inspire me by their example. Here’s hoping I can live up to my own expectations.
Meanwhile, here’s a picture of the Oregon coast to remind me why I didn’t make my August writing goals…
Sigh. I love summer…
How hard are you going to be pushing to meet your year-end goals? Share in comments so we can commiserate together.