Excitement Abounds

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It’s that time of year—the beginning of Round Two of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Feel free to join us on Facebook or on the website and hop in whenever you’re ready. I’m a few days late in getting my goals posted, but here they are…

So, Round One was a bit of a wash for me in terms of writing goals, but it also provided some much-needed downtime. I put a lot of thought into my writing path and the creative journey that I’m on. For the past few months I’ve been having trouble writing, getting words on the page here and there but not really moving forward.

And then, all of a sudden, things kicked back into gear. I realized if I want to make this path work I really need to start charging forward. During one of my tarot readings I drew the card the Ace of Swords, which is all about taking action, cutting through the briar, and moving forward. And that’s exactly what I’m doing.

I dug into revisions of Spellfire’s Kiss, a novel that I plan on releasing this fall, hopefully in October. I love this story; it’s the first one I wrote when I made the leap to writing full time, and I’m excited to be able to share it with readers.

So, what are my goals for Round Two? Here they are:

  • Finish Spellfire’s Kiss and send to editor by June 1.
  • Finish a second draft of Fates Entangled, a novella.
  • Finish The Forest’s Own, a short story, and start submitting to magazines.
  • Do a read-through and start revisions on Goblins and Grimoires, a novella.
  • Continue on my quest to read 30 books in 2017.
  • Read some books by writer-friends and get reviews posted.

What about you? What are your goals for the second quarter of 2017?

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8 thoughts on “Excitement Abounds

  1. My goals for this round center around my Creative Chaos Marathon. I’ve got a few smaller goals, but most of my focus is on completing a rough draft of my Kifo prequel, The Last House.

    I’m glad you took the time you needed to find clarity.. That’s something we’ve been doing more here, too, as individuals and as a family unit.

    Slices of an Unschooling Life
    @shanjeniah
    Indie Writer, Mom-in-Chief, and Joyful Learning Facilitator
    Shan Jeniah’s Lovely Chaos

    • Shan Jeniah, good luck with completing your rough draft. I’d love to hear more about it!

      I’m learning that some downtime is a much-needed part of the creative process. Out of periods of stillness can come our best, most inspired ideas. And clarity is exactly what I found. That I’m on the right path, I just need to keep pushing forward.

      Thanks! 🙂

      • I’m a bit over 12,500K now, and, though I know there’s a lot of navel-gazing and backstory woven in that I’ll need to unweave and redesign later, but I’ve also gotten great insight into the characters, relevant arcs, and symbolism….so I’m happy. =D

        Slices of an Unschooling Life
        @shanjeniah
        Indie Writer, Mom-in-Chief, and Joyful Learning Facilitator
        Shan Jeniah’s Lovely Chaos

      • I think all that navel-gazing is necessary in first drafts. It’s our characters whispering to us, and we’re just frantically typing away, taking in every word. It sounds like you’re on the right track. Best of luck!

  2. Good to see you here and with such a nicely fleshed out set of goals. That’s been one of the greatest inspirations for me with ROW80 — just that process of being accountable for my own writing, and checking in and connecting with other writers who care about their wip’s. When the writing is going well, I feel immersed in my characters’ conflicts, goals, and challenges. The ability to tell an engaging story that reaches out to readers AND satisfies our own desire to create — that’s a worthy goal. May you have a wonderfully productive Round Two.

    • Thanks, Beth. ROW80 provides a wonderful community for us writerly folks. We have both support and accountability, and in an often solitary profession, we need plenty of both of those. May you have a productive Round Two as well! 🙂

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