(First off, my apologies for not posting last week–I was on vacation. I’ll be gone next week as well, but I’ll try to write the posts in advance for it. No promises, though.)
Anyway, story time! When I was first introduced to NaNoWriMo, my dad was the one who introduced me to it. In fact, he wrote a novel with me that month, and then wrote with me on a few subsequent NaNoWriMos.
Though he hasn’t written much recently, I did convince him to make a project out of revising our novels together. (In my case, I’m rewriting Enhanced, not revising, but it’s pretty much the same thing.) We’d planned to start in May, but because school was super busy and I had the Research Week and all of that, we never actually talked about it.
But last Saturday, we talked together and I decided that we really were going to start it this month, and we decided to take baby steps.
Baby steps out the door, baby steps to he elevator…
We each chose something we thought we would be able to accomplish in the next week and decided to follow up on the next Saturday to make sure the other had completed their goal and to make a new one.
We haven’t actually completed a week yet so I don’t have definite results on how well it works, but I have been more productive today than I have for a long time by trying to work on my goal, so I think it’ll work really well. Plus, I’ve always heard that being held accountable to do something helps you to actually do it.
If you look on the sidebar of my blog, I now have a section called “Weekly Writing Goal” where you can see my goal for this week, which will also give you a heads up on what I’m working on at the moment (and maybe make the reasoning behind some of my blog posts make more sense). So every Saturday I’ll update that and you’ll be able to see what new thing I’m working on.
This week my writing goal is: Write basic plot outline of Enhanced and complete general world building for the Outer Regions.
The fun part about this is that you can do it too! I think it’s a great way to keep procrastination at bay and to get things done at a better pace. All you need is someone to hold you accountable for your weekly writing goals . It works best if they’re another writer making these weekly goals as well, but a friend or family member works just as well, as long as they’re dedicated to helping you. Posting it on your blog, social media, fridge, or some other place where others will see it also helps. 🙂
If you think this is something that would help you, I encourage you to do so! I think it’s a fun and useful idea and is especially good for the summer when you have more time to complete things.
Are you thinking of doing a Weekly Writing Goal this week or in the future? Or, do you already do something similar? What projects and goals have you been currently working on or are planning on doing in the near future! I wish you all luck in your writing endeavors! 🙂