dear February, I’m going to meet my writing goals

Yes. That’s how confident I am.

Why?

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Well, it’s been one year since I started my novel. After several years of working solely on poetry, this time last year brought a novel idea, one that has been so exciting for me. However, here’s the thing about my one year anniversary with my novel: I want to make MORE progress. As of today, my word count stands at 25,757 words. Granted, I did make some major cuts and revisions to the story over the summer.

I don’t like to get too caught up in word count, but it does exist. As writers I think we should always be aware of it, but not let it determine our happiness.

Last weekend I got a powerful burst of inspiration, which was followed by an amazing writing discussion last Thursday. The combination of the two has restored my levels of motivation that weren’t as high over these past few months. Since then, my characters have been swirling around my head, poking me at work, and greeting me every day with new ideas.

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Of course, I needed a plan. As a major fan of to-do lists and all related motivational factors, I knew that it would be essential to put one in motion for myself. It just so happens that one of my favorite weekly activities to do is Alexandra VanHorn’s #WritersPatch on Twitter. Before this Sunday’s edition, she shared a picture of her current motivational tool. I decided to follow suit. (Thanks again, Al!) It looks like this…

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As you can see, I have some major changes that I’d like to make to my novel. They are more additions than anything. When I first started writing my story, I was discovering the world with the other characters. To make the story better, it’s time to go back and strengthen those beginning chapters. I feel so positive about it. In my eyes, it’s always a good thing to follow your intuition.

I’ll be back next week to give you an update on how things are going. Until then, pour yourself a cup of coffee and make some February goals for yourself. We’re all in this together.

Cheers!

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