Oh my goodness, in typical Erin fashion this ROW80 Round Four Goal Statement totally snuck up on me. It’s like my husband is always saying, “Be organized. Write things down.” Doh! I should really learn to do that. Uh…would you believe me if I told you I used to be an event planner? I swear I do know how to be organized. Or, at least I did. Before I had kids who ate my brains through their umbilical cords. Like zombie babies.
Anyway, squeaking in here…my goals (which will hopefully help me in that whole organization process):
- Develop a dedicated writing schedule for both blogging and writing in my WIP. Right now it’s all willy-nilly and I do what I can, when I can. I have 3 kids 3-years-old and under, so I suppose it’s to be expected. But I really need a schedule. So I’m going to find it and stick to it this round. It might take some fumbling around, but the goal is to be smooth sailing at the end of the 80 days.
- Write every day in my WIP. Building on the schedule, I need to write every day in my WIP. Even if it isn’t amazing wordage, it needs to progress forward each day.
- Read one new book on the craft of writing. I believe I have much more to learn on writing craft. I focused a lot on story structure last round. There are so many other things I can work on. I think I’m going to start with a focus on grammar. Lord knows I need it. Last round I read three books on craft, but I took breaks from writing to do it. I don’t want to do that. So I’m going to drop that to one this round.
- Connect more. Last round I didn’t participate as actively in the ROW80 community as I could have, my goal is to comment on more blogs and connect with you all on the #ROW80 hashtag on Twitter.
- Read lots of YA. I know that’s pretty sweeping and general and not really measurable, but I’m not sure how many books I can read in 80 days. Knowing me, a lot. In my line-up right now: Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera (currently reading), Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. That’s an extremely varied list right there, but I believe being well read helps me write well.
- Read self-published and small press books for The YA Curator. The site posts reviews once to twice a week, we have five reviewers. That means in 80 days I personally will do 2-3 reviews. Sounds simple, but I actually read through a lot of samples, then quite a few books, before I find one I want to recommend.
- Beta reading. I have one I’m doing right now. We’ll see if any others pop up.
- Design a writing space/library in my home office. Let’s consider this more of a “wish list” than “goal statement”. I would love to create a dedicated writing space and library in my home. This, of course, depends on time, money, and my husband :).