04 March 2018

March 2018 Writing Goals

Well, it's been two months since I first started working toward my writing goals. Since I hadn't yet put up an update for February results, I decided to combine it with this week's wrap-up. Things have gone a bit slow, despite having some time near the end of the month (there was also a weekend down in Dallas/Forth Worth for ConDFW in mid-February). Again, some work is better than nothing, which is close to where I had been last year.

So, here are the results for February:

1. Complete 13,000 words on Before the Dawn (with a goal of 3250 words this last week). Didn't get anything going on this goal this month (or last week).

2. Complete 7,000 words on a new Aston West novella. So, with "Toll Road" now peaking at around 9,000 words, it's going to need to switch over to this goal. I only wrote around 3,200 words this month, but with the word count total exceeding the total goal, I'm going to count this one complete (goal-setter's prerogative).

3. Complete 20,000 words on my "Demonkiller" WIP (with a goal of 5000 words this last week). Completed around 1,700 words this month (but none this past week). Motivation continues to be a beast.

4. Complete 10,000 words on my sci-fi suspense/mystery novel. Didn't get anything started on this goal.

5. Write 2500 words on a new Aston West short story (with a goal of 625 words this last week). Met this goal, by completing around 3,200 words in February (with 1000 words this past week, albeit in March) on my story "Toll Road," which is now being used toward the novella goal.

6. Complete the first draft of "Runaway" with Lyndon Perry. Didn't touch this goal this month, with Lyndon heading to a conference. Expecting to get this moving in March.



Probably going to miss some of the annual goals (another post for another time), so I'm repeating most of these goals (with word count adjustments) for the month of March:

1. Complete 6,000 words on Before the Dawn. This will require 1500 words per week, or a little over 500 words per day, writing three days per week.

2. Complete 5,000 words on the new Aston West "Toll Road" (need to determine if I want a new title for this, now that it's in novella territory). This will require 1250 words per week, or 625 words per day, if I write two days per week.

3. Complete 6,000 words on my "Demonkiller" WIP. This comes up to 1500 words per week, or 500 words per day if I write three days per week.

4. Complete 6,000 words on my sci-fi suspense/mystery novel. This will require 1500 words per week, or 500 words per day if I write three days per week.

5. Write 2,500 words on a new Aston West short story (other than "Toll Road"). This will require 625 words per week, which should be able to be completed in a single day.

6. Complete the first draft of "Runaway" with Lyndon Perry. Assuming a 15,000 word total, that would require me to complete 7,500 words this month. This will require approximately 2,000 words per week.

Hoping I can get to a few more of these, especially with the reduced word counts.

For the next week, I have the following goals:

1. Complete 1500 words on Before the Dawn.
2. Complete 1250 words on my novella "Toll Road" (and determine title).
3. Complete 1500 words on my "Demonkiller" WIP.
4. Complete 1500 words on my sci-fi suspense/mystery novel.
5. Complete 625 words on a new short story.
6. Complete 2000 words on "Runaway."