3 Goals for 2020

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to the year 2020. We’re in the future now. Flying cars are right around the corner, and science fiction is now science fact.

Well, no. Not really, but when you say 2020, it certainly gives you that vibe, doesn’t it?

Anyway, it’s the beginning of a brand new year. 365 days of possibility. The air is brimming with optimism and passion. I touched on this briefly only last week. The energy this time of year, is to me at least, infectious.

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A Look Back on my Writing Journey

I’ve been writing for a long time. It’s something that I think about every time NaNoWriMo comes around. This is my eighth time participating, and it makes me realize just how long I’ve been on this journey. It also throws into sharp relief how little I think I’ve progressed, but that’s not what I felt like talking about today.

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Unexpected Circumstances and New Plans

Two weeks ago I decided to do some intense catch up on my novel with a 24-in-48 writing marathon. Obviously, that didn’t happen. My Thursday began with a pretty nasty shoulder injury which made lifting my arms to type or do pretty much anything was impossible without a whole lot of pain. I hoped with rest I’d recover in time to make something of my weekend. But I didn’t.

And that was really frustrating.

But that’s what happens. Unexpected things pop up and plans get interrupted. You just have to deal with it.

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You Only Fail When You Stop Trying – The Writer’s Diary

Hello. It’s been a while.

I mentioned in a previous post what a struggle it has been to keep up with a demanding blog schedule on top of writing my book and everything going on in my personal life.

There were no Writer’s Diary posts last month and the reason for that is a simple one – I made next to no progress where my writing was concerned.

April had not been nearly as productive as I’d have liked. And my first thought is automatically one if failure – I failed to be productive. To get work done. To schedule my time more effectively. Which I’m not wrong about. I did fail, where my writing was concerned. But I had other obligations, and I spent a lot more time reading and playing video games. Relaxing. ‘Refilling the Well’ as they say. I’m trying really hard not to focus on the failure part. It’s not easy juggling so many things at once, and I need to allow myself that space to fail and try again, hopefully with a better result. What matters, in the end, is that I keep trying. That I grow as a person, and adapt my methods to suit my skills and needs.

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How to Prioritize Tasks – The Writer’s Diary

I need to make changes to my process.

Namely, I need to start prioritizing my tasks a little better. Lately, I’ve been creating a weekly to-do list, but I find that I do the items on that list at random, and assume that I’ll have enough time to get them all done. Which, I should be able to if I’m tackling them in the right way.

As it turns out, I’m not.

Unfortunately, not all tasks are equal. Some should just come first, whether you want to do them or not. And sometimes you need to reassess what you consider a priority, especially if it ends up eating more time than it should.

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