Yesterday was talking about the brain, so today’s going to be talking about bones, and specifically about realigning everything I thought I was going to do for 2020 and 2021. I like to start planning my yearly goals out early, looking back at this year and trying to figure out what worked and what didn’t work (4thewords worked beautifully for my writing; going to the gym didn’t work as planned). The best thing about the new year coming up though is that it’s a blank slate – a new time to make new mistakes (I’ll be optimistic that I learnt from the older ones.)
I thought I had my years, 2020 and 2021, planned out a bit with goals and the steps needed to achieve them, but then an event I didn’t anticipate occurred, and it’s now time to re-plan. And let’s be honest, every plan goes FUBAR, so it’s better to have side plans to. A surprise (not), but when I was signing up for classes at university, I would have Plan A, B, and C.
It’s a good event too – and I’ll be stepping up in a role for a company I love. I also want to make sure that I get my writing time in. I’ll be editing my first completed (and pitchable) manuscript with the amazing Jeni Chappelle, and I have a 12 book series that I’m currently plotting at the moment. (Let’s not forget my part-time job 3 days a week of editing at the translation company) and needing to keep my apartment running like clockwork; the smooth kind, not the steampunk kind.
It does require that I dismantle the goals I’d already set up. Which is perfectly fine. 2020 will be the year I take the time to plot and edit, and at the end of the year (hopefully) I’ll be ready to query, gearing up to write my fingers off during NaNoWriMo, and be having a fantastic year with 4thewords.
So… speaking of schedules. I’m going to try to end NaNo with 100,000 words. I’m currently sitting at 62,000 words (with a few days off to give me a very much needed mental health break), so I have a reasonable goal again: 37,855 words to go by November 30th! (Yes, I know I need to look the word “reasonable” up in a dictionary. I’m also having my spouse out for the week, so there’s a little more free time than usual).
I’m also going to be trying my early mornings. I realllly don’t like being squished and squashed in the train, so I need to take the earlier ones (especially with the winter heat starting to be turned on). Hopefully, since I don’t sleep well without my spouse, that should mean it’ll be easier to get up and leave the house on time. So, my writing times will be morning and evening, with lunch times for plotting. I’m sure December will be editing, plotting, and editing, so this seems to be my better idea.