Back to Double Digits

Well, here we are. October is upon us once more. We’re in the double digit months and I, for one, have no idea how this has happened. Wasn’t it just New Year’s? And right after that Easter? And boy, wasn’t Memorial Day a blast?

Since my year has whizzed by faster than a Fourth of July firework, I figured it might be time to take stock of what the year has been.

As productive as I’d hoped? No, not quite.

A total wash? Nope, can’t say that either.

What I can say is that no matter how often I lament it, the years do seem to come with a quickness that’s surprising.

Which makes taking stock that much more important. Too often it’s tempting to look for those “big” days – you know the ones. New Year’s Day and those pesky resolutions. Birthdays as a brand new year stretches before us. It might even be the start of the school year, just as those summer days begin to shorten and the crisp notes of fall float in.

Whatever – or whenever – we find it, it’s tempting to use a big date to make a plan. Set a goal. Or think about where we want to be this time next year.

So here’s today’s challenge. Forget a holiday. Forget the “right” moment and pick “a” moment. How about today? What’s the one goal you want to set for yourself, right here, right now?

I’ll go first.

I have a single title idea that’s been rocketing around like those 4thof July fireworks. I’ve been working on it as I’d like to propose it as a completed manuscript and I’m going to say it out loud and in writing for all to see. I want it done by the end of the year. It’s an achievable goal and now it’s sitting out there, in the middle of the universe.

Now it’s your turn. What’s next?

I can’t wait to cheer you on!

Happy Writing!



9 responses to “Back to Double Digits”

  1. Liz Talley says:

    Yes, we do tend to pick those big days to make a goal, but I’m with you on this – I have a single title I’m piddling around with. I have the same plan you have – finish and then try to sell it (unless my current publisher buys). And EOY is my goal too.

    I’ll hold your hand if you hold mine 🙂

  2. Jennifer Bray-Weber says:

    I’m working on final touches for a boo out in December. But my EOY goal is to finish the Urban Fantasy book I’ve been working on for nearly 2 years. It’s a huge stretch, but I’d love to also have the plot points mapped out for the 2nd Urban Fantasy book in the series. I want to start 2019 with a bang and begin that book.

    Let’s do this together!

  3. I love taking stock at random intervals! 🙂 I actually have three goals for the rest of the year:
    1) Get my Xmas book released.
    2) Complete the first draft that’s due in December.
    And (the one I am secretly most excited about) 3) Polish the completely off-brand and outside-the-box play that I wrote even though I really have no business writing plays and submit it SOMEWHERE.

    And GOOD LUCK to you and Amy and Jenn with your end of year goals as well!

  4. Tamara Hogan says:

    Addison, the last few months it’s been all I can do to open my damn manuscript each morning. That’s literally been each day’s goal: just open the manuscript. Once I do, I usually manage to start typing, but… #sigh

    That said, I’m almost to the point where I can type THE END on my WIP – I finally managed to knock out crappy first drafts of the last three chapters! Then I can start revising, which I much prefer. 🙂

    • Addison Fox says:

      First of all – here’s to #TheEnd!!!! It’s in sight, sister!

      Second, I genuinely believe our writing goes through seasons. You WILL get past this hump (and have some fun revision sessions headed your way!!) 🙂


    • Elisa Beatty says:

      I’m knee-deep in the hardest month of the school year, and spending hours each night helping my ninth-grader get through his homework. Writing has (sadly) really fallen by the wayside at the moment. But I’m determined to finish edits on one book sometime in the next few months. Not sure how that’s going to happen, seeing as it’s Saturday, and I have at least three hours of grading to do right now, then homework with the kid, then laundry and food shopping, then prepping for Monday’s classes, then starting work on the kid’s Halloween costume….


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