Hello, fellow goal-setters!
How's it going?
What, you want to know how I failed?
Who told you I failed? I didn't fail, why would I...
Hmm? It's in the title of this post? Ohhhh.
Well, I guess the cat is out of the bag now.
Alrighty then, let's talk about my failure.
NANOWRIMO = FAIL
I started all gun hoe writing my NaNoWriMo project. “I’m really on my way now!” I thought. Then I realized something. I hadn’t done enough research. At all.
So, back to the researching.
Luckily, I had picked up some great research tips from Martha Brockenbrough at the SCBWI San Francisco North/East Bay conference in October. Instead of upping my word count on my draft, I’m writing copious notes in hopes that when I’ve finally immersed myself in the research – really immersed – then I’ll be finally ready to write this book! Yes, I know, I should have figured this out in October so that by NaNoWriMo I’d be drafting. Better late than never, I guess.
Focusing on One project = FAIL
I’m not talking shiny new ideas. Those I can bat away. I’m talking golden opportunities dropping into my lap and I’d be stupid not to take on. What do you do when a mob of opportunities knock? Pick a few, but I couldn’t only pick one. So I didn’t.
Getting Rejected 24 times = FAIL?
It’s kind of hard to get rejected if you don’t submit. So I have a
I’ve created a separate email account just for my professional writing. That means my queries are no longer sent from the same email as my social media, blogging, critique friends, website, etc. etc. etc. (Why, yes, I did just watch the King and I – how did you know?)
I allow myself to check my regular email as often as I want, but if I want to check my query email, I’ve made myself promise to have something to send – be it a query, nudge, or other professional writing communication. That way I force myself to query more widely (because really, you can only nudge so many times before you become that writer.)
Since I have to send something in order to check on my queries, I find I’m spending more time getting my queries ready and working on my manuscripts and less time hitting the refresh button on my email repeatedly.
We’ll see how long this lasts.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)