Spring forward, even if you trip and almost fall and startle yourself

3 Apr

I’ve decide I’m attacking April. Maybe it’s because I’m still on a jelly bean high from Easter, or the fact that it’s now April and goals I set myself months ago haven’t come to fruition. Either way, I’m going to try attacking April with some productivity.

Granted, it won’t be a WWF move where I dive off the top rope. More like me starting to run, tripping on a crack, having that momentary flash of “Great, this is how I die” and then catching myself.

Okay, that’s not really attacking, but I’ve never been into war games or sports, so I have to attack the month with my awkwardness.

In an attempt not to overwhelm myself, I’m not going to plan all the things at once. I’m planning on starting small. Organize desk. Write X amount of words a week. Set new realistic dates in my goals. Remind myself how things take time. Remember to do laundry before I run out of clean underwear.

My goals are kinda slackers, but they’re still goals.

First lesson will be learning how to carve out writing time, and then defending it with a sharp stick. Because I don’t do that, and I need to.

Second lesson will be list writing. And then not losing the list, or Maura swiping the list.

Maybe my long-term goal will be having my novel revised and an agent found by the end of the year. That’s eight months. I could manage it. Possibly.

Third lesson apparently needs to be stomping out self-doubt. Luckily I got a new pair of shoes that’ll help with that.




4 Responses to “Spring forward, even if you trip and almost fall and startle yourself”

  1. Laurie Ann Thompson April 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    I would recommend not setting a goal of “having an agent found by ___” unless you mean simply researching agents to submit to. Landing the right agent for you and your book can take much longer than it seems like it should sometimes, and hitting that lucky mark is largely outside of your control. The publishing industry moves ridiculously slow, and you don’t need to doubt yourself because of their failings. All you can possibly do is research likely agent targets and submit. So, “finish the novel and submit to top 5 agents by ___” works. You can be successful and can keep going, no matter what the publishing industry does or how lucky (or not) you get with the submissions (yes, unfortunately there’s a huge amount of luck and timing involved, no matter how great your book is or how well researched agents!). Persistence is the name of the publishing game, unfortunately. Stick to what you have control over and keep going, no matter what else happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • phoebz4 April 3, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

      Good advice! I shall take it. I just keep chanting that JK Rowling was rejected 12 times ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Laurie Ann Thompson April 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

        Yes! And I think Dr. Seuss got 27? We should all celebrate every rejection: it means we took yet another step toward achieving our dreams! This is such a subjective business, it makes perfect sense that we all need to cross some places off the list in order to find the perfect fit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. mourningdovemotherhood April 4, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    I love this post! (And I love those shoes. I think you could accomplish anything in those.)

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