Thursday, April 22, 2010

In Which I (Tentatively) Set A Goal

All right blog friends. I think I am going to set a goal for myself.

I was thinking the other day about how I'm excited for nano 2010 because I'm going to take a crack at that YA Sea Serpent story I can't stop thinking about. But then it hit me that I might still be working on Foxfire then and I don't want that to fall to the wayside.

So! my (tentative) goal for Foxfire is to finish revisions before November 2010. That way I can dive into nano and the new story free of all constraints.

Will it be a difficult goal to reach? I have no idea. I think it might be unless I step up my game a bit (the summer weather has led me to slack off some).

What happens if I fail?

Well nothing really. It just means I'll have to juggle two things at once, which won't be fun.

But, if I do accomplish this goal, well then I may also be able to accomplish one of my new year's resolutions, which is to send out a query.

Exciting? Yes.
Scary? No...?
Intimidating? A bit.

Anyone else set any goals for themselves?


DL Hammons said...

Yes...but my goals tend to be rather broad in scope. Such as, querying my book in 2010. Everything else trickles down from there. :)

Falen said...

DL - that's an awesome goal! I'm a cheater and therefore really only set goals that i think i', pretty likely to acheive. Since i have no idea how long revisions will take, i've been hesitant to firmly set the query goal

KarenG said...

I used Nanowrimo to push myself to write my third novel. So my goal is to get it done now, and be ready to start another by November. Yikes! I need to get busy. Thanks for the reminder!

Alexandra Shostak said...

I'm working on revisions under the biggest goal yet--2,000 words a day for a month so that I finish the second half of my novel (which needed to be rewritten completely--there was nothing in previous drafts I could use, really.) And I thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but suddenly I find myself in the fourth week and the novel is almost done, it's almost at the word count I want, and I'm really pleased.

So goals are great! I have a feeling that having set this goal for yourself, it'll motivate you to work more because you have a specific end goal in sight. Good luck! :)

Summer said...

I'd had a goal to finish SOMETHING worthwhile by July, so I could cash in on that NaNo prize from last year. I still have time, but my odds are looking grim...

I mean, I do have a finishing MS, but it's so rough they should print it on sandpaper, you know?

Good luck with your goal! I'm sure you can do it.

Cheree said...

I always try to set goals for myself. Unfortunately I'm also really bad at keeping those goals.

Good luck with your goal.

Alexandra Crocodile said...

Hi :) I'm your newest follower!

Good luck with your revisions! Hope you'll make it:)

Matthew Rush said...

My goal? Get published ... eventually.

I'm not really good at setting any goals that are more specific than that. I'm just not organized enough to deal with it.

Best of luck with yours Sarah!

Today's guest blogger is Michelle McLean!

Anne said...

Maybe if you meet your goal you should set some sort of reward (to motivate you)- like that tattoo you've been wanting...

Talli Roland said...

Great goal! Good luck getting there. Sounds do-able!

I set myself goals all the time because without them I would just walk from room to room aimlessly, sit down, and get up again without doing anything.

I need deadlines!

Palindrome said...

My goal is to finish SOMETHING this year! Ha! No, seriously. I have June in mind...

Then getting ready for NaNo. The only ideas I have are big researching ideas so I will have to plan for a few months in advance.


Zoe C. Courtman said...

Hey, Falen! My goals are to 1) get through that HORRIBLY large to-be-read pile I was yammering about over on my blog and 2) finish up drafts to my horror novel by the end of May. My larger goal? To complete a first draft of the next book in the pipeline and see if I can bang out a coupla short stories. We'll see how I do!!

Kittie Howard said...

I thrive on goals (short term, intermediate and long term)and set end states for each. I push myself because goal completion moves the agenda forward, be it editing or personal improvement (because w/o the latter there's stagnation in everything).

Falen said...

Karen - November is approaching faster than we realize!

Alexandra - having to rewrite so much would put me in convulsions

Summer - well you should cash in regardless, i mean if you don't, then you get nothing. gah, i don't even know if that made any sense...

Cheree - me too. That's why i used "tentative".

Alexandra - thanks!

Mathew - LOL well that's my long term goal as well ;)

Anne - yeah that's probably a good idear

Talli - Hah! i'd probably just sit on the couch and never get up. I'd die of sloth

Palindrome - oooh! June!
Also, you and teebore need to cut it out with those stories that need research. What is up with that?!

Zoe - well a TBR goal is fun! But good luck with the other ones!

Southpaw said...

Funny you should post about this today. Today I am revising my goals for the year.

Laura Marcella said...

Good for you! Your goal sounds achievable! I set goals for myself, too, or else I wouldn't do anything except read, lol. I need to have something to work towards!

That cartoon is great. I'm excited for NaNo 2010, too!

Creepy Query Girl said...

I think that sounds like a reasonable goal and there's nothing wrong with setting goals for yoursel! Since you're the one who sets them, you're the only person you need to please! I wish you luck with your revisions!

Falen said...

Kittie - yeah i'd probably stagnate

Southpaw - how coincidental!

Laura - i'd probably watch a lot of tv too

Creepy - thanks!

Palindrome said...

Well, excuse me for not being as S-M-R-T as you! :P

Christine Danek said...

I would love to have my manuscript finished by early next year. We will see. So intimidating and scary.
Good luck!

DEZMOND said...

Keeping our fingers crossed for you, Falen ;)

Janel said...

Good luck with your goals! You can do anything, just try your hardest. :)

I wanted to have a fiction short story published this year. I accomplished that, so now I'm trying my best to get more published. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, I want to complete a sequel for CassaStar by the end of the year. Just in case.

Falen said...

Palindrome - HA! I don't think it's brains as much as sloth. Any time you think i'm being smart just ask yourself, "Is Sarah actually being lazy?" and the answer will most likely be yes

Christine - you can do it!

Dezmond - thanks!

Janel - ooh, that was an awesome goal to achieve

Alex - sweet! Do it!

Teebore said...

@FalenAlso, you and teebore need to cut it out with those stories that need research. What is up with that?!

Sorry not all of us can have dreams that birth Sea Serpent stories fully formed in our heads. ;)

My goal's pretty much the same as yours. I'd like to get into a rotation of NaNo, revise, query then start all over again in November.

@Summer but it's so rough they should print it on sandpaper, you know?

God, I love that.

Palindrome said...

lol, I'm going to do that all the time now.

Dominique said...

My goal right now is to finish this draft up by the end of the month. But, I don't know if I'll be able to do it or not, depending on how long these scenes have to be. I'll settle for a fortnight into May.

Simon C. Larter said...

Ooh! Goals! I hear they're good things. I should have some. Yes. I probably should.

I'm totally doing Nano this year, though. Did I just set a goal?


Falen said...

Teebore - i'm just saying, research is hard. Just make junk up

Palindrome - Ha!

Dominique - ooh a fortnight. Fancy. And you can do it!

Simon - everyone heard it here! you now HAVE to do Nano. But mostly it's just fun

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