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I Believe in Story

ImageA month or so ago I made a list of my goals as a writer beyond actually you know…writing books and stories. One of my goals was to spread myself out a little and write for a couple other places online. So imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a call for contributors for the beautiful writing site ‘I Believe in Story’.

I Believe in Story is a fantastic blog that features writing advice, book reviews, movie reviews, character studies and even literary fashion articles run by literary agent Maria Vicente.

So I filled out my application and a week or so later I was pleased as punch to be accepted as a new contributor!

I will now be posting about once a week on I Believe in Story while I continue on here at Happy Musings as well.

You can head over to I Believe in Story right now to see my first blog post, a review of ‘The Color Master’ by Aimee Bender.

Do you believe in story?  I sure do!

Happy reading!

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This month’s achievements

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For the month of June I participated in a blogging challenge created by the awesome Michelle Goode from WriteSoFluid.com.  You can check out my interview about the challenge on her site HERE.

Overall the challenge was amazing.  I did end up missing a couple of days, but I managed to nail down most of them and I’m pretty happy with the outcome.  I loved having the daily inspiration and I definitely hope she creates another challenge like this so I can participate again.

Looking back on the month a lot has happened (it always surprises me how much can change in a month).  I had a couple of goals that I outlined when I started the challenge this month and I thought it would be good to take another look at them to see how they worked out…

1) To finish my novel to the point of sending it to beta readers.

Holy cow!  I did it!  I’ve sent my novel out to around ten people and I’m so nervous about it, but now that it’s out there I can’t take it back!

2) To get at least one more client for my burgeoning freelance corporate copywriting career.

I have one in the works, not set in stone, but definitely a good possibility.

3) To finish my query letter for my novel and find at least five agents to query when the novel is ready to go.

I have definitely finished a rough draft of my query letter, it still needs a bit of tweaking and some more personality, but overall, it’s getting there.

4) To decide on my next novel (at least a basic story).

Ben and I have started plotting out my next novel, this one is going forward with more of a pre-defined structure as an experiment in how I work best (to outline or not to outline).

5) To maintain the highest possible level of awesomeness.

Always.

Wow!  I honestly didn’t think I would have achieved all my goals.  Some are a little up in the air, it’s true, but most of them are rock solid.  Sweet.

So what have I learned?
Setting goals it cool, kind of like making lists where you can look back and tick them off and it’s super satisfying.  I’ve also been inspired by my month to stick to blogging more.  I definitely won’t be able to do it everyday, but it’s good to know I have enough to say to be able to blog almost everyday for a month.  Very promising.

So a big thank you to Michelle Goode for being my muse this month!
How about you, what were your goals this month?  Did you achieve them?

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Rocking my goals

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This is a post for www.writesofluid.com’s blog writing challenge.  One blog post a day for all of June!  Check it out at the website or on twitter: @sofluid or #wpad!

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It’s funny how time slips by isn’t it?

We work and play and things keep moving forward and it’s easy to lose track of everything that’s going on.  If we don’t stop for a moment and take stock (at least once in awhile) it’s easy to just let things happen, as opposed to making them happen.

I often find I have unwritten goals.  Intentions to get things done that I conspicuously leave vague.  Maybe it’s that I think, if I commit, I’ll only let myself down.  Maybe I think it’s too much pressure, or that I’m aiming too high.

But the truth of the matter is that I work better with goals.  Timelines are my friend.  I love them, and the tighter the timeline the better.  If I’m left to my own devices I will have trouble opening that document, or sitting down to the work I ought to be doing, but if I set goals and limits for myself, I thrive.

It might seem a bit of a contradiction to set rigid goals for oneself, as the main enforcer is also the procrastinator, but I find if I’ve said it out loud or committed on paper than I am far more likely to get it done.

So here they are, my goals for this month:

1) To finish my novel to the point of sending it to beta readers.
2) To get at least one more client for my burgeoning freelance corporate copywriting career.
3) To finish my query letter for my novel and find at least five agents to query when the novel is ready to go.
4) To decide on my next novel (at least a basic story).
5) To maintain the highest possible level of awesomeness.

There, I said it and, of course, the fact that I have said it publicly means I will have to get it all done even more than if I’d just said it in my head…right?

What are your goals for the month?