I think that the easiest way to get me to focus on something is to make it a challenge. I get distracted really easily, the cold makes me sore and tired, and I’m a natural procrastinator. Sometimes I get creatively drained. I’ve done NaNoWriMo, Project REUTSway and I participate almost every Monday in MondayBlogs. I’m always looking for something fun and creative to be a part of and I’ve decided that this month what I need most is a recharge. Naturally, I’m doing the Writer Recharge Challenge 2014.
I read about the challenge when I stumbled into a post by Jodie Llewellyn about her writing goals for February. The first thing you have to do as part of the challenge is write a list of goals for February on your website, blog or Twitter. Then you update your progress every Monday until February 28th. It sounds easy enough, and although I already participate in #MondayBlogs this will give me more incentive to blog and write regularly. Using #WriterRecharge keeps me connected to other who are participating in the challenge and anyone who uses the hashtag or links their blog posts will be entered to win one of five query or 3-chapter critiques.
My Goals For February 2014
- Finish a Draft (I’m hoping it’s The Desiccated, but any draft will do.)
- Set a daily word count that I can stick to.
- Decide once and for all if I want to crowdfund a project or not. If yes…
- Get started on a crowdfunding/marketing plan.
- Read more books before adding to my TBR pile.
- Write more material in general and submit it to lit.mags/online journals. (If you have a similar goal NewPages is great for finding places looking for submissions.)
- Interact with other bloggers more.
Now that my goals are set the hard part will be sticking to them. I might not get everything done but even one or two would be an improvement. I’ve already singled out two things for you to look into on Twitter, but don’t forget that you can share your short fiction on Quick Fiction Fridays (#QUICKFIC) or you can check out Amy Good’s Friday Phrases (#FP). Read her post about Why Microfiction Matters.