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Get A Log Line Baby!

Moonday Mania

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NaNoWriMo PARTICIPANT 2014 graphicI’m starting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) today. Okay, it should have started on Saturday, but I couldn’t really start then. I had plans. And I’ll be blogging more about how that works with Nano next Moonday Mania, so check it out. We’re Nanoing romance all month on Jessica Aspen Writes!

So, how do you keep your focus and end up with a terrific story at the end of the month? Kristen Lamb knows. You need a log line. She wrote a terrific blog last week about why people fail with their stories and how even bad stories can get made into movies. Check it out:

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/write-a-terrific-novel-nano-minimize-revisions-improve-odds-of-finishing-and-publishing/

What is a log line? It’s your elevator pitch. The one thing you should be able to get out of your stumbling mouth when that famous agent, editor, author asks you when you’re waiting in line for drinks at the bar, “So, what’s your book about?”

A great place to learn about log lines and writing that story idea down is by checking out author Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method. If you follow me at all you know I’m a big Randy Ingermanson fan. I love the Snowflake method and it’s perfect for Nano.

You start with a character with a goal. It’s that simple. Frodo needs to get the ring to the mountain. But Randy suggests you put it into non-specific terms. Small, underestimated hero takes powerful evil ring across an entire world, facing great danger and discovering the meaning of loyalty and true friendship.

Okay, that’s more than the fifteen words Randy recommends, but you get the drift. Let’s winnow it down even farther:

Underestimated hero takes powerful evil ring across an entire world and discovers the meaning of true friendship.

Still more than fifteen, but I like it, so I’m leaving it.

Write it down on a sticky note and put it where you can see it when you write.

And that’s how you do a log line. And how you keep Nano and the end of the 50K in your focus.

Do you use log lines in your writing? Can you winnow down your favorite stories to just a few words? It’s actually a fun game. Go ahead and try it!

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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Author web links:  

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Every Christmas Celebration is Unique

Merry Christmas and Happy Monday Mania!

snowmen nativity

Not everyone’s family is the same. No two Christmas celebrations are identical. No matter what the media would have you believe.

At our house we have two Christmas’s, Christmas Day with Jeff’s family and Christmas Eve with mine. Christmas with my family is  twenty plus people at the table and  two rounds of the rambunctious white elephant gift exchange topped off by the yule log (yum!).

Christmas at Jeff’s house is calmer. Only seven of us, sometimes a friend who has no family in town and individual presents. It’s calm and peaceful and we top it off with a traditional dinner at the table, candles and all. And desert varies. (I believe this year we are having pumpkin pie, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone sneaks in a chocolate cream pie too!)

Two different Christmas styles, but we love them both. Not every party can be a nutcracking free for all. We’d be exhausted! And what’s important for us is we get to spend it with family.

No matter what your family looks like, if it’s made up of the family you chose or the family who have to take you in, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday with the ones you love.

There have been some terrific Christmas blogs this year so take some time and make sure you’ve hit the best!

Start off with Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell and check out all the Holiday Yum she’s had cooking all month. From candy’s to cookies, Jenny and her pals have it covered. Oh, and if you are into more than just recipes, scroll back through some of Jenny’s posts. She is a very funny gal and makes me LOL all the time!

Kristen Lamb is another funny gal who always has something informative to say, check out her Holiday Style Post HERE.

Lizzie T. Leaf has been celebrating December with the Wenches of Words. If you’d like some new reading this holiday, HERE is the link. My choice for Christmas reading is Holley Trent and her new novella Mrs. Roth’s Merry Christmas. Gotta love a paranormal Christmas!

And if you’ve stopped here, let me know what makes your Christmas unique? And yes, that really is my nativity set. How could I resist a snowmen nativity with jewels in their bellies? Could you?

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Grow up!

Moonday Mania

a blog for writers et al

Why does it take so long to grow up? IMG_0500I think it might take my entire lifetime to learn things I should have learned earlier. Like the fact that all the things that didn’t fit into a “normal” job do fit into my dream job of being a writer. I’m a jack of all trades, maven, daydreamer. None of that applies to real life, but it sure fits being a writer. Just wish I’d listened to my heart twenty years ago, instead of all the people who said “writing doesn’t pay.” No, it doesn’t, but neither does half-heartedly doing the day job.

And that’s what I do right now. I show up. I do the day job. But while I’m there I dream of being here, at my computer, doing all the myriad things that add up to a writers life. Including writing. One would think that I would be one of those people who can write while working, but it doesn’t turn out that way. That’s why I’m trying NANOWRIMO this year. (Check out my progress HERE.)

You see, my day job is  full time for part of the year. Yeah, you read that right. So, during November I’m working full time, but during December through March, I will not be working at all. Then I’ll be back at work through July.Working

It’s crazy, but for me it works. Why? Because remember, I’m no good at writing while I’m working. Nano is applying pressure to me this month. We’ve hit the middle of the month and I am over 5K now. That sucks for Nano, but it’s actually great for me. Last November, when I worked, I wrote zero words. That’s right, zero. I did blog three times a week and I edited for my CP at the time, and I kept up with some other writing related jobs, but I didn’t write. And that is the job.

See CJ Lyons blog HERE for details on how a writer is successful by planting butt in chair. I need this on a big poster!

How am I growing up this month? Besides trying Nano and realizing that for me, 30k or 10k or even 5k is a win, it’s by cutting back on the blogs, (I will not be here on Thursday, Turkey day!) and focusing on what is important. Writing. Growing up means setting goals, trying to achieve them, and figuring out what the #$%* happened when you fail. Because right now I’m looking at not hitting 50k, or even the 30k that I thought I could try for while working. Am I still trying? Yes. But I’m also being realistic. If I want to hit anything more I need to pull up the big girl pants and say no to all the things dragging my attention away from writing.

In other words, time to grow up and get my writing groove on!

What has made you grow up lately? Do you even feel like a grown up? When does that happen? Does it ever happen?Low Resolution-4

Want to read another great post about growing up? Check out Kristen Lamb’s

Maturity–The Difference Between the Amateur and the Professional

FYI: I will not be posting on Thursday, Thanksgiving. Enjoy the pie! (All you Canada people already had yours, so back to work with you!)

 

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Join the Revolution! Wana Commons is open!

Moonday Mania

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If you haven’t dropped by Kristen Lamb’s blog lately, you need to do so. Now. Yep, I’m telling you to leave my blog and hop over to MyWana central.

Why? Well, not only does Kristen have a witty sense of humor, but she is an author advocate. If you need any sort of information on social media dos and don’ts- Kristen is your gal. But not only is she the “dos and don’ts” gal, she is also the “I can do anything!” gal. You see, last month, when we all found out about the lawsuit that poor Roni Loren had to deal with, (If you’ve been living in a cave and don’t know about poor Roni’s lawsuit, click HERE.) and we were all frantically taking down any suspect picture on our sites, Kristen came up with a solution.

Wana CommonsKirsten Bot-Bane

Woot!

What is Wana Commons? It’s a section of Flikr that you can join and all, and I mean all, the photos are for free use by blogging authors. You can pin them on your Pinterest page, your FB page and your website blog without fear of reprisal. From the beautiful to the silly there are tons of photos, and more uploaded every day.

I uploaded some pictures too. Why not share?

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To find out more about Wana Commons, here is the link to the article on Kristen’s site:

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/tag/wana-commons/

And here is the next article, all about how you can make Pinterest work for you. I haven’t tried Pinterest yet, but I’m thinking that will be one of my projects soon for my promotions for Snow and the Seventh Wolf. I can see lots of pictures getting my imagination going. Who knows? I might even post one of YOU!

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/writers-why-its-time-to-renew-your-love-affair-with-pinterest

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Just Write the Damn Thing!

Moonday Mania

Which today should be entitled Moonday Madness.

I’ve been re-editing my first mansuscript since 2010. Over and over. Okay, so usually I just hop in and address a part of it, but it’s been through two total re-writes and I’m just finishing up a third. Madness. Truly madness.

When is a book finished? When do you hit send to that editor or decide it’s ready for the self-publishing round? Is it ever truly finished?

I think the answer is no. Real writers want to fix, fix, fix. But should we?

Kristen Lamb (author of one of my favorite books We Are Not Alone) addressed this in one of her recent blogs. Here is the link and the quote:

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/how-self-publishing-has-helped-all-writers-welcome-to-the-revolution/

If you read Seth Godin’s Linchpin (which I highly recommend), he says one of the marks of a true artist is real artists ship. We let go. We sell the painting, burn the CD or publish the book and then move on to the next.Saturday Night Live happens no matter what. Good or bad, they ship.

One of the biggest problems I have seen with writers is they keep working and reworking and reworking the first book. In the new paradigm? They publish. If it is a super stinker they pull it and pray people forget. If it’s so-so, they leave it, but best of all, if they are smart, they move on and write more books. One of the largest barriers to becoming a successful writer is trying to be a perfect writer. The new paradigm gives new writers a way to ship so they can move forward and write more books and better books.

This blog was actually about the boons of self-publishing, but I read the above words and it struck me. Time to let the baby go out into the world. It’s not as if I haven’t let the other children out to play, Little Red Riding Wolf got sent out. Even though I wasn’t sure it was ready. And even though I read it now and I think, oh.. wait! And I’ve sent out Snow and the Seventh Wolf. Even though I kept thinking I could work on it some more. Just a tweak here and there would do it. But this one needed more help. It was my first manuscript so it had all the issues a first manuscript has. The characters needed more depth, the villain was cardboard. Too much description and not enough action.

Well all of that has been fixed now. OR at least as fixed as it’s gonna be. I’m sending it out into the world to sink or swim. Swim little fishy!

How are you with sending your babies out into the world? Artist? Writer? Parent? We all need a push now and then, what pushed you? Have you take the risk?

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Bring a Little Sunshine to Your Life

Moonday Mania

a blog for writers (and today, maybe a few readers)

Thank you Sherry Isaac!

winner of the sunshine blog awardSizzling Sherry has passed on to me the Sunshine Award, and while I’m not too sure exactly what the Sunsine Award means for a paranormal blog, I do know what it means for my Moonday Mania Writers blog. It means I answer ten questions and then I pass it on to a few more quality bloggers.

So, since I can’t pass this award back to Sherry (though I ‘d really love to) I need to pass it on to someone else. And since this is Moonday Mania, I’m going to not only choose writers, but writers who write about writing.

First of is Kristen Lamb. Kristen is the social media guru and the mastermind behind #MYWANA. She turned me on to changing up my web presence, and if I am lagging behind, it is not her fault. I’m just slow. Kristen has a fabulous blog for writers, she teaches fabulous classes and she writes books. She does it all. Find Kristen HERE and tune into her amazing knowledge, and while you’re at it, cruise through some of her old posts, she has a ton of good ones.

Second Writers in the Storm. Want some good writing articles mixed with some fun? Try Writer’s in the Storm. One of my favorite people is on their the last Friday of the month, Tiffany Lawson Inman, Tiffany brings her acting background to the editing table and serves up a killer piece of writing advice once a month. Add in their weekly Crit Group feature, Amazon advice,  and all the different interests of the group and you have a stimulating writing blog.

I invite Kristen, and Writers in the Storm to select and pass on this award to more blogs, two, four, six. Whomever and whyever they choose.

Here’s my Q&A:

  • My favourite color: Do I have to pick one? I used to say green, but the truth is I love ’em all.
  • My favorite animal: Right now, my black Lab Molly. She is so sweet and loves me now matter what.
  • My favourite number: 7. I don’t know why, but that’s the one that comes to mind. Lucky number 7.Snazzy author friends at Linger
  • My favourite drink: I now have a new favorite drink. I went out to dinner at a fab restaurant in Denver, Linger, and they served a terrific Ginger Collins. Picture a sweltering hot evening, the companionship of amazing author friends, and the cool slide of Canton Ginger Liqueur, vodka with a hint of lemon over ice. Mmmm, I think I need one now.
  • Facebook or Twitter: Twitter first,  https://twitter.com/#!/JessicaAspen, Facebook second, https://www.facebook.com/jessica.aspen
  • My passion: Writing, writing, writing
  • Prefer giving or getting presents: I’m not all that into presents, I’d rather have the present of your presence.
  • My favorite pattern: I love textures. Bumpy patterns woven into sweaters, the soft swish of silk. I love to touch.
  • My favorite day of the week: Saturday. No work and you still have Sunday left of the weekend. Or it could be Monday, if I’m not working everyone leaves the house and I get to write. Do I have to chose?
  • My favorite flower: Purple iris.

Have fun visiting Sherry, Kristen, and the authors at Writers in the Storm and spread a little sunshine when you go. What writing blogs to you love? Any that have won the sunshine award? What should a sunshine award do anyway?

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Blink, and the Tipping Point- Great Summer Reads

Sensational Saturday

a blog for whatever I want

I love reading in the car. The trouble is, I don’t get to do it very often. Or maybe that’s a good thing. I have a funky work schedule. A few months during the year I work at a temp job scoring papers for standardized tests. You know the ones. It’s very hush, hush, so that’s about all I can say about it. But it keeps me in convention spending money, so I work full time off and on during the year. A month in the fall, a few months in the spring, half of summer. And I have to drive to get there, so I listen to audio books.

The Tipping PointLast year I had a disastrous read with Nora Roberts first book in the Bride series. The narrator was terrible and the book itself turned out to not be Nora’s best. I wasn’t sure I wanted to listen to anything after that. But Kristen Lamb had been talking about Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point, and it sounded fascinating. So I took the leap.

Love, love, love the book. If you are interested at all in how anything becomes a movement, how smoking is contagious, or even how disease spreads, The Tipping Point is for you. I even love Malcolm reading his own book. His dry voice became a guide to the curious world of how we make decisions.

And when you read The Tipping Point, go back to Kristen’s posts of last fall. She goes into all the selling aspects and how it applies to writers and bloggers and anyone who is interested in any kind of promotion. I figured out that I am a maven. Okay, not a super maven like Malcolm Gladwell features in his book, but I am a know-it-all who people ask for information. I’m the person who strikes up a conversation in a grocery store with complete strangers and shares my information on carpet cleaners, just because I overheard them almost buy a brand I hated and I can’t stand to let them make a mistake.

Blink, by malcolm gladwellThis year I decided to read Blink, another Malcom Gladwell book. This one is about those split second decisions we all make, and we have no idea how. You know the ones. When you meet someone and really dislike them, but can’t put your finger on why. Or the time you just knew not to step off that curb and the bus ran the red light and would have crushed you.

Malcolm’s familiar voice guided me through the world of decisions made in seconds. A darker world of liars, art forgery, and accidental shootings.

Blink is fairly short, and I had to fast forward through a tedious list of facial movements, all numbered and described till I wanted to pull my hair out, but I still enjoyed it. In fact, I’m recommending it. Despite it’s flaws it is an amazing subject. Once you understand how you think about things like marriage and racism, you will never be the same.

Next week on Saturday I’ll let you know about the book I’m reading now: a combo of George Orwell meets Barbie. That should get your attention!

What are your summer reads. Are you an audio reader? Have you read anything by Malcolm Gladwell? Are you a MyWana fan and love Kristen Lamb, like I do?

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Get WET!

Moonday Mania

a blog about the craft of writing

This month’s Moonday Mania’s have been about Social Media. We started the month with Don’t Should on Yourself, by Keri Silk and moved on to my neophyte blog hints, Easy tips to Make Your Blog Outstanding and Slow Down and Smell the Coffee. So, for the last Monday in March I’m going to discuss a few things I’ve learned from the best.

As many of you know, I’m a big Kristen Lamb follower. Kristen blogs, not just on Social Media, but specifically Social Media and authors. Kristen’s advice is where I am trying to get to, not where I am. If she has any big pieces of advice that you can see I’m not doing, well, it’s because I’M STILL WORKING ON IT!

We Are Not Alone, by Kristen LambWhat have I learned from Kristen Lamb? I’ve learned that the author social media world is always changing. Kristen wrote this fabulous book, We Are Not Alone, the Writer’s Guide to Social Media, and I consider this my baseline bible to social media. But I can’t just read the book. Why? Because the internet is not a static environment. Actually, the world is not a static environment. Since Kristen wrote the book we’ve seen the demise of My Space and the rise of Google Plus. How can a book like Kristen’s, that has info on My Space and none on Google Plus a valid resource for this year’s writer?

Because the advice that Kristen gives in the book applies, whether or not I’m on My Space, Googe Plus or the Next Big SM Hotspot. Good advice is still good advice. (For some hilarious dated advice check out Miss Gloria Richard’s foray into the past via the Loo at Buca De Bepo HERE!)

Kristen’s ideas on creating a platform that centers around your personality and genre are still sound ideas, no matter where you are implementing them. I’m still struggling with this. At first I didn’t really know what I wanted on my site. Okay, Kristen, I need to represent me and my writing, but I’m writing so many things and I’m not sure which one is going to get published. But I plunged in anyway, trying to represent some paranormal theme with the spooky woods header and my Thursdays Bite.

It works, but is it where I want to be? No, and I know it. Thanks to Kristen I’ve been searching for my identity as an author and a blogger, and I think I’m starting to hit it. So my last piece of advice is: be yourself, whoever that is. Figure it out. It may take time, and it’s okay to take the time. It’s okay to start with just the basic template and then add a header and then maybe get a header done and jazz up the site.

The point is, don’t wait till you know exactly who you are to get started. If I had waited till now to get my site and my blog up and running, I might not have as good an idea of who I am as an author. I might still be struggling with the very basics. But I’m not, I’ve moved ahead, still struggling. Still discovering who I am. And guess what?

That’s life.Stock Images - Cold feet

You change. You change as a teen to a twenty-something. The Facebook page you put up at thirty is different from the one you would do at forty. And the blog you do as a newbie pre-pubbed author will be different than the one you do as a newbie, just-pubbed author, and different again from the one you do when you are a famous know-it-all author. but if you don’t put your toe in the water, you never get wet.

So get wet! Jump in! Make your mistakes and just keep paddling till you get somewhere! ‘Cause I know you will be getting somewhere, even if it’s just back to the shore for some icy marg’s on the sand!

Have you jumped in yet? Have you changed what you started with? For someone who’s done this check out Sherry Isaac’s new site (HERE). She’s totally revamped it and it’s got SIZZLE!

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Kristen Lamb

Moonday Mania

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Once an author becomes serious about being a professional author it is difficult not to find yourself wondering what in the world is this marketing thing and where do I start?

Never fear, Kristen Lamb is here!

My go to expert for social media is Kristen Lamb, one of her recent posts (click HERE) touches on something I am just now starting to struggle with, analytics. Kristen’s blog always has something of interest to writers, but her social media expertise is what keeps me coming back. She is the author of my favorite social media book, We Are Not Alone. We Are Not Alone is the book that got me thinking about how to blog, not just spitting out words on the page.

In We Are Not Alone, Kristen focuses on the whys, wherefores and what the hell-do-I-do nows of social media. Kristen walks you through every step from developing a brand to what you should and should not be doing on your blog.

I am in direct violation of Kristen’s advice with this very column! Kristen says you should be blogging on what you are writing in order to reach readers. And of course, blogging on writing violates that very idea. That is exactly why I added my Thursday’s Bite blog, which focuses on Paranormal. It’s also why I developed Paranormal Freebies “A place where paranormal readers and authors converge.” Both of these endevours tie me to readers who may or may not be authors.

Kristen’s other book Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer is blog focused. That is on my TBR list, once I finish We Are Not Alone. I’m sure I’ll find out just what else it is that I’m not doing right. Actually I plan on doing most of what Kristen says, and on ParanormalFreebies.com, I actually have. On that site I have book reviews coming up on the first Monday’s of the month. I have a variety of interested authors blogging on interesting topics, and I get to blog there myself on all things magical and mystical.

Kristen not only has these two fantastic books to help you along, but she blogs regularly on topics ranging from marketing to editing to the social faux pas that can kill you on Twitter. And she’s funny. Did I mention that? Just go look at the tab on her website about the Pants of Shame. 

It’s because of Kristen that I started reading The Tipping Point and I’m now thinking about how to make not just my posts “sticky” but maybe somehow my book or my pen name. Hmm, who knew we’d all want to get sticky? The Tipping Point is a great audio read when you have a long drive, although I hear the rights are in turmoil so I don’t think you can purchase it in audio. The library is where I had to go to read Malcom Gladwell’s thought provoking book on what makes epidemics tip. Now I understand the Twilight epidemic.

Kristen also teaches classes at Bob Mayer’s site Who Dares Wins Publishing. I have on my to do list to take a class from either her or Bob or Jennifer Talty this year. It’s on my bucket list and at an affordable $20-$40 for an online class all I have to do is find the time. Okay, I’m making the time.

In the meantime you’ll find me in doctor’s office’s, waiting in the car to pick people up and at the breakfast table, highlighter in hand, pouring over We Are Not Alone. And of course I drink my coffee in the mornings looking over Kristen’s blogs. You should too. Just don’t have a mouthful of coffee when looking at the “Pants of Shame”. I refuse to be held responsible.

Have you checked out Kristen’s blog? What is your favorite piece of advice she gives? Have you read the post on WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THE STAR WARS PREQUELS? If you have, tell me, isn’t that the best Darth Vadar costume ever!?

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Climbing the Mountain of Goal Setting

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August has been a month of ups and downs with my writing. I started off with a bang. Meeting my goal of writing 2,000 words five days a week, keeping up with blogging three days a week here, and getting Paranormal Freebies up and running. So last Monday I got very excited and decided to climb the highest mountain I could. I set a new goal. 50,000 words during August.

I’d already done 10k. Well, almost. I’d hit close to 8,000 in three days. That meant I could do it, right? 8k in three days, that means I can do almost 3k per day. At 3,000 words per day I should be able to hit 50,000 words by the end of the month. So I said I would. I placed the statement, “I will write 50,000 words by the end of August” on my goal setting loop. And then the week crashed.

Sounds like a fire exploded my laptop, right? Wrong.

Just life. Just the time I had to spend back to school shopping, cleaning my folks house, diving people here and there. And updating websites, going to meetings, letting the (very hot!) window guy in to look at the windows. Life happened and I let it and I certainly didn’t hit my goals more than one day this week.

And there was something else I discovered.

It’s hard!

I can write 1,000 words in an hour with no trouble, so keeping my butt in the chair for two more hours should be easy, right? Wrong again!

It turns out I can write 1,000 no problem. 2,000 with a little thinking. But after that I slow down. Way down. I don’t know what to write next. Its like my brain just stops after 2k. I can, when the muse is helping, make it to 2,500 and even 3,000. But after this week, struggling to make it past 2,500 and hating it, I had an epiphany.

If it makes writing a chore, why am I doing this? Just to hit a number that I stuck out there for myself. It makes no sense.

Now I’m all about setting goals, and setting them high. I read Kristen Lamb’s blog on Self Discipline this week and it really resonated with me. I like staying on a schedule, I like writing every day and keeping my goals out there. But when I set them too high I set myself up for failure.

Kristen says its like exercise and if we go to the gym and kill ourselves one day, odds are we won’t be back. Mountain climbing is like that too. Have you ever decided to climb a mountain that was just too big? You need to start out with a small hill and work your way up to the Fourteeners.

I’ve worked my writing up from my small hill of 500 words per day to a pretty good mountain top of 2,000. Three thousand is just too many for my writing muscles right now. But if I keep up with setting my goals high, but realistically high, then I will eventually get stronger and reach that 3k mark.

So I’m taking it back a notch. I’m going to get on my goal setting loop and admit failure and start over again. My goal is to write at least 2,000 words five days a week and enjoy it! And if the muse is with me, I may hit 2,500 or even 3,000. And that’s okay.

Tell me about how your goals are going this week, writing or otherwise. Does setting your goals high help or hinder you? Does it make you frustrated or did it push you to levels you didn’t think you could reach?

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