September was a little all over the place, but I’m feeling a bit more focused and grounded in October. I’m excited about the books I get to read, and I approaching my writing goals with a different perspective.
Fella and I are celebrating our Anniversary today! It’s been four years of Happily Ever After together with my best friend. I’m the luckiest gal in the world.
Unsolicited Marriage Advice: find someone who enables your hobbies and passion projects. More specifically, find the one who buys you romance clutch mugs.
Now onto some goals!
After August and September I said I was going to allow myself to be a free range reader. I’m going to follow my mood. Read whatever I’d like in the moment.
Well, it turns out that two of my MUST READ books dropped in the last week. And I’ve been specifically saving a small collection of books for spooky season. AND I signed up for a buddy read that I’ve been loving.
So it looks like I have a reading list for October.
Anyway, here’s my October TBR:
Famine by Laura Thalassa
Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross
Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross
The Knickerbocker Club Series by Joanna Shupe
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole
The joy and the curse of this reading list is that I want to read all of these books immediately if not sooner, so I’m going to have to pace myself.
In September I was experiencing some drift; where as right now I know exactly what I want and I want all of it NOW. So it’ll be interesting to see where I land at the end of the month.
Writing Reflection for September
My goal for September was to write 1,000 words a day and have 30,000 words at the end of the month. That didn’t happen.
I drafted for the first week, and noted that I easily hit my daily word count goal, which was an encouraging sign. However, I discovered I needed to clarify character goals and motivations in order to make better, more specific choices. I knew this needed to be done because my scenes weren’t scenes, they were exploration. Which isn’t bad, but it means I needed to do more work.
I felt stuck between what I knew I needed for the story, my lofty word count goal, and the commitment I made to an accountability group. I wasted time fussing over this issue instead of making a choice and moving forward. That’s my main regret for the month. But it’s a lesson learned.
I did find my way back to prewriting and it was a fruitful endeavor. I also discovered a valuable resource: Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes. This is a game changing resource and has helped me find some of the clarity and specificity I was searching for. This is a must have resource for any romance writer.
As a wild detour towards the end of the month I had a crazy idea for an additional series of Fantasy Romance Novels. But that’s a story for another time.
We’re keeping our focus!
October Writing Goals
- Make a scene list using Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes as a guide. My push goal is to have it done by this weekend. But I have until October 8 as a hard deadline because I will be writing a blog about it.
- Write a short “back of book” summary of my novel and post it on the blog on October 15.
- Draft at least three scenes by the end of the month, pausing to adjust and tweak as necessary. I will blog my progress and establish more specific goals as I need to while in progress.
Look at those concrete goals that are in no way related to word count! Yess.
Feeling great about October. Tell me about your goals!