Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Tip for Tuesday
I love setting goals. I'm all about putting a bull's-eye on the wall and aiming at it. Without goals, I wander around, dabbling at things but not finishing them. Getting easily distracted by the next shiny thing.
That's why I post my goals at the beginning of each month here on the blog. I don't always make my goals, but I'm much more likely to reach them if I define them and post them. (That's tomorrow's blog, Goals for May 2010.)
I have a novel to write. I'm aiming to get it written by July 4th. Doable, especially since we're done with school for the summer. So how do I go about breaking down the process in order to make it easier to see the steps needed to get from here to where I want to be?
First, I get out a calendar. There are 61 days between today and July 4th. Nine of those days are Sundays, and I don't write on Sundays. So we're down to 52 days. I'm going to need about three more days to fine-tune my chapter-by-chapter synopsis/outline. That leaves me 49 writing days. How much would I need to write over the next 49 days to finish a 50K novel?
That's less than the pace of a NaNo Novel.
I'm going to aim for writing 1500 words a day, which will give me 50K words in about 33 days. Giving me two weeks to do a readthrough and edit before sending Light To My Path off to my critique partners.
So, do you set goals? Do you break big projects down into smaller bites?