Whoa. I cannot believe how fast that break went. I think time speeds up when people are on break. Someone should do a scientific study and make a lot of money off it. I won't even charge a finder's fee. Or thinker's fee. Or whatever.
So now it's time to state my goals. Mine are pretty simple, really:
1. Write 1500 words 4 times a week.
I've tried doing smaller word counts for more days and it just winds up annoying me. I think I must be a HMW- High Maintenance Writer. I have to find the perfect atmospheric song, lock myself in my studio away from the house and people in general- yep, HMW. So I should take advantage of it and work those words once I'm there.
2. Editing: I can substitute 1 day of editing for one day of writing. Last round the editing got out of hand. I know it's important, but I can't let it take the place of forward progress. So, I can edit all I want, but I still have to get AT LEAST 3 writing days in.
3. Continue to read extensively in my chosen genre, but this round, I'd like to actually do something about it.
Reading is my One True Superpower- one of the few reasons I am genuinely thankful I went to grad school. (I also think I might have a bit of a problem. But there are worse vices than books, for sure.) Since I read a lot anyway, maybe I'll start a halfhearted book blog on the side. Not to become a black belt blogger or anything, but just to do something constructive with all those books. (Plus maybe get some luscious ARCs). So- post at least one review a week, hopefully on The Halfhearted Book Blog (omg- did I just really name it that?), but if not, then here or Goodreads will do.
4. WIP goals this round include Book 3 in my trilogy, Blood Redemption, an as-yet unnamed novella, a serial, and a collaborative project I'd at least like to get off the ground. I also have SNIs dripping off me like sweat at the 4th of July potato sack race, but I'm learning to take what I think I can do and divide it in half. Or even thirds. Everything after that is a nice bonus.
This round I'm going to try something different: implementing rewards! For HMWs like me, positive reinforcement really helps, so I'm going to give myself weekly rewards if I meet my goals. Nothing major. It may just be doing nothing- literally nothing, as in, "Go ask your father, I'm staring at this wall for the next two hours." It may be buying ridiculous virtualities for my secret shameful addiction, The Sims- little pixelated fur coats and glowing mohawks and butlers named Sarumon. Maybe one day a good movie will happen, but probably not. But at the end of Round 4, if I've been a very good little HMW, I'll get some undisclosed fabulousishness.
That's all for now! Like all of us ROW80ers, I reserve the right to adjust these goals as real life happens. Thanks for stopping by, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else's goals are this round.