December 31, 2014 by KWills
I had a plan. It was a good plan, and I was all set to follow it. Then life happened, and… yeah. Well, this is the last Wednesday – in fact, the last day – of 2014, so that makes it time for a look back (briefly) and a look ahead.
What Went Wrong
To quote my sponsor, Ember Rain, from Writing.Com:
“You went into this hoping you would win but not really expecting it.”
This pretty much sums up my entire year. I faced a lot of minor challenges, and each missed target sapped my energy for the next. I loaded all my failures onto my back and tried to take on yet another challenge – NaNoWriMo. My failure was not unexpected – and that’s the problem. As Ember Rain very kindly didn’t say, I set myself low targets and consistently failed to achieve them. With this model, failure is virtually guaranteed.
So, next year, my motto will be: “Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Of course, my brain – being the dangerous cynic that it is, immediately adds, “…or, you could fail to achieve escape velocity and burn up on re-entry”. Because my brain has no concept of when to shut up.
Last time, I also leapt into the plan with my posts outlined, but not written ahead of time. This was a mistake, and is the reason why most of next month’s posts have been written in the last week of December, needing only status updates and last-minute checks before they go out into the virtual world.
The New Schedule
As before, the plan is to update this blog every Wednesday, with a different theme for each week of the month, like so:
Week One: Writing
– Anything from SPaG mechanics to motivation tricks
Week Two: Reading
– A review or two of what I’m currently reading
Week Three: Story-telling
– In any medium, the principles of telling a good story remain the same
Week 4: Free day
– When there are five Wednesdays in a month, this is the “extra” day.
Last Week: Summary
– Look back, look ahead. Speaking of which…
- 2k new words per day
- 6 hours editing per week
- 3 hours research per week
Current projects: Fragments and Silver Tongue
Well, that’s the plan. Will it survive contact with the new year? Only time will tell. See you next Wednesday for some thoughts on writing.