Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog II: Week 3

Please Welcome, Stacy Moran

My Writing Goals for 2013

One evening several months ago, I sat in my office with a pile of paper work surrounding me. I wondered how I got here, to this place in my life. I felt like I was losing a part of myself and had no idea how it all happened. My creativity was gone; my desire to write left me even reading a book seemed like an effort. I simply lost myself and was miserable. 

Digging out of the rut that was my life wasn’t easy but watching my life disappear was not easy either. That evening in my office, I decided it was time for a change. I set goals and made a list of things I wanted in my life. I am a big believer of putting what you want out into the universe and I wanted to write a novel. Not just one novel, no I wanted a series of novels about a world that had been running around in my head for a couple years. 

Once the first goal of writing a novel was made then came the hard part finding time to write. This was the first step in completing my goal. I quickly realized time was not going to just appear; I had to actually develop time. 

I tried winging it at first, writing when I could or had felt inspired. I quickly realized this was not going to work. So I had to reevaluate my priorities or I would never accomplish my goal. 

Identify My Priorities – What am I willing to give up to achieve my goal? I thought about my life and my daily task, distinguished between I must do and what I choose to do. From there I determined a ranking system for all daily tasks. 

Realizing and identifying the following:
* Time sinks or activities that take up huge chunks of my time with little to no value
* Self-induced or outside distractions that make me lose focus
* Multi-tasking or not giving one task my full attention at any given time( was a hard one)

Set Deadlines– Breakdown what it was I wanted to accomplish in a certain amount of time. At first I started slow to give myself time to adjust to the new path in my life. Each time one goal was met, I set the next goal a bit higher. 

The year ended and after rewrites and mishaps along the way, the book is finished along with a poetry book Whispers in the Dark (XoXo Publishing). I learned so much from this process and cannot wait to start book two of my Blood Myth Series (a bit of self-promoting). Writing is hard, writing is a job and requires dedication but when it’s your passion you make the time. My goals for 2013 get the first Blood Myth published, write the second in the series and finish a project with a dear friend Author Ashley Nemer. 

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