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How do time, New Years, and writing relate? I would love to write full-time. I have so many ideas for so many projects that I would love to focus on daily. At this point in my life, writing full-time would mean either an ill-timed sacrifice of many other things or a sloppy job of many things done at the same time. As a new year dawns I find myself wanting to define how much time I get to write and how much time I get (and need) to devote to other worthy things in my life. A couple writing goals seem like the best way to do this. I am inspired by Kendra Turner's comments as a guest blogger on Writing While The Rice Boils, and I am making a three-tiered goal for the year.
Tier 1 is the ideal: Each day I will write for at least an hour. In the past I might take 1-3 hours one day and none the next. This year, the plan is one full hour every day. I can work on any of my professional projects or just on blogs, but the goal is that full hour of actual writing. If I can't follow my normal schedule, then...
Tier 2 will be okay: I will write for at least 15 minutes. This will at least train the creative energy to get out and work fast every day. In the event of a very unusual day, then...
Tier 3 will surface: I will write at least ten words. I have a suspicion that I will do a lot more than that once I start, but the minimum is there.
My other writing goal for this year is that I will complete a book manuscript to a first draft point every other month, for a total of six by the end of December. I have several begun, and they need to be completed.
Timing is important. It lets us organize, plan, and enjoy the things to which we choose to give time. This year, I'm giving myself more time to write...what a treat!