Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Weekly Writing Goals - Week 3

I probably don't need to tell y'all that I am way behind on my blogging. I have a number of things I've been meaning to type up and post (a recipe, two book reviews, a granola give-away and a vacation recap) and those things will happen in due time. I will not say that life has gotten in the way of blogging, because life is the POINT of blogging (for me, anyway). I'll just say that I've been busy and will be back in full force as soon as I can.

I am, however, never too busy for writing. (If I keep saying that, eventually it will be true. Right?) Even though I was all over the place last week, I still managed to make some progress on last week's big goal - to "begin something new." I wrote over a thousand words of a new short story, which I'm thinking of as my East Texas Gothic piece. So far, it's very different from my usual style and I'm having fun with it. Writing sessions occurred after a presentation I gave last week while waiting for my ride home, and in the airport while waiting for my flight to Florida. I was very proud of these two writing sessions, because they were in different places and under unusual circumstances. I usually find inspiration in routine, but that can very limiting. I was glad to get outside my comfort zone in more ways than one.

Bonus goals: I sent the Dread essay to a blog friend for a read through, finished reading one novel, and started reading a memoir. (I always get my best reading done while on vacation!) Go, me!

As for this week, my goals are again simple and direct. 
  • Finish my first draft of the East Texas Gothic piece. 
  • Write literary reviews for my two most recently read books.
Next week, my goals will be more numerous. When I'm working on something new, I spend a lot of time thinking, stumbling around the edges of the story and revising as I go along. I am very slow at finishing first drafts, but they're usually fairly developed by the time I get to the end. Subsequent revisions are mostly about tightening my language and structure.

And now: back to the work that actually pays. More soon. 


  1. Nevernotdreaming2:01 PM, March 22, 2011

    Wow, you are amazing. I can't even think of an idea...lost my creative or motivated edge...
    I think you accomplish quite a lot. What do you write the literary reviews for? A website or your blog?

  2. nevernotdreaming2:02 PM, March 22, 2011

    Not sure why that picture shows up in the thingy...it doesn't belong to me...I don't even know what it is...

  3. My creative edge comes and goes. It's currently here so I'm trying to take advantage of it! And right now, I just write book reviews for myself. I call them "literary" because I try to focus on what I learned from the writer or what struck me about their craft. I used to review books for a local monthly magazine (for money, even!) but that magazine is no longer around.

  4. That's a picture of my crazy dog making a crazy face! I made it the default for anyone who doesn't have a photo of their own. You're the first person who has noticed! :D

  5. Welcome back, lady! I love writing in the airport. I find it's rather pleasant because there isn't much to do except read, write, or people-watch. And after I've had my fill of people-watching, I feel inspired to open the laptop and get to work.

    One more thing: I'm excited to read your book reviews!

  6. Good luck with your goals this week. I have various clinicals over the next three weeks. My goal is simply to survive. :)