Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's topic:
Quarterly check-ins! We're already 1/4 of the way through the year--where are you on your reading and writing goals?
I was shocked, SHOCKED when I looked at the calendar and saw MARCH. My knee-jerk reaction was to think, "Oh no, it's already spring and I've accomplished nothing!"
But when I stopped to think about it and look over my notes, I see this isn't true. Still behind, natch, but not as hopelessly as I thought. (I think we all accomplish more than we know. Don't forget to give yourself some credit for all your accomplishments, big and small.)
Reading & Writing
Goals & Progress
* Goal: Read 100 books (not counting rereads in 2013)
* Progress: Behind schedule
* Notes: Likely won't make this goal on the nose, but I feel comfortable with that. I've got a lot of epic fantasy on my TBR list for the year, and it takes awhile to work through those massive tomes. More importantly, I've thoroughly enjoyed all the books I've picked up so far. Still, I know part of it is that I've been neglecting my workouts, during which I always listen to an audiobook. Getting back into my running shoes will not only benefit my health but also my book count!
* Goal: Complete WiP 'Jack'
* Progress: ~Halfway through
* Notes: It's been a struggle to get into a steady writing routine. I've discovered a few key things about myself that should help. (Seems like the writing habit is mostly a struggle with our natural tendencies and bad habits!) Things I've learned so far: 1) Music is good, but a single pre-chosen song without lyrics is best. 2) Have notes ready and on hand to prevent straying. 3) My biggest distraction is the internet. Making writing time internet-free works in my favor.
* Goal: Outline & Brainstorm next WiP
* Progress: Iffy
* Notes: I've got a general sense and some ideas floating around in my head, but I need to get them all down in their own dedicated file.
* Goal: Connect with other writers
* Progress: Taking the plunge
* Notes: I'm especially proud of the strides I've made here. Moving twice in the last 3 years has left me somewhat bereft in the offline friends department. I told myself that when I moved to Hawaii I would push myself to connect with other writers. I signed up for SCBWI and attended the one-day regional conference. It was beyond worth it! I made some great writerly friends, learned a lot from the guest speakers, and have an upcoming meeting with some of the other members to discuss our current goals and projects. I'm hoping we can have this meeting on a monthly basis. It'll be a good motivation to keep working.
This quarterly check-in was a great exercise for me. Laying out my goals and progress helped me see what I've accomplished, what weak points need working on, and what I still need to do. I think I'll be working in a similar check-in every quarter. It's a good way to stay on target.