Wednesday, June 1, 2011

7 Summer Writing Goals for the Neurotic

I'm a teacher. I love what I do, but I'm ready for summer break. Summer is the time when I feel the stress in my shoulders dissipate and my fingers get that electric writing tingle. They know that for the next eight weeks they will have unlimited freedom to dance across the keyboard.

I seem to get my best story ideas in summer, too. Maybe it's because I sleep better and don't worry as much, but the ideas often flow faster in the lazy heat of June and July. Sometimes I can't even keep up with them.

Many of you know from previous posts that I am a goal setter. So of course, I have my summer goals to keep up with!

1. Write every day. (Well, duh. Doesn't everyone do that anyway?)

2. Write one short story every week. (That one might be reaching a bit for me.)

3. Stop writing in parenthesis. (Okay, I don't--hey, wait a minute...)

4. Blog weekly on All Things Writing and Loesch's Muse.

5. Set up a blog tour for my urban fantasy, Nephilim which is due out July 18 from Lyrical Press, Inc.

6. Re-write my YA.

7. Start that new manuscript that keeps waking me up at night.

Seven goals. Don't know if I'll conquer them all, but I'm giving it a shot.

So what about you? What are your summer goals?


  1. I'm neurotic, I can play! My goals: contact every bookstore and library in a 100 mile radius and try to force my book on them; visit each kid's family until they're sick of me; finish the WIP that I haven't been writing.

  2. Nice, Kaye. Those goals sound good!!

  3. I'm not much of a planning person and I rarely make goals, for such short notice. I don't make any, because for me there are all kind of distractions, circumstances change from hour to hour. I don't see any point in making goals, if you can't keep them. Is that so wrong of my side ?

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  4. Not at all, Timmy. Not everyone needs goals. I just do. I'm completely a freaky freak about needing to know when I'm gonna do stuff!

  5. I have to admit your blog reinforced goal setting for me. Lately I have been very interested in financial goals, inspiring writing goals, disability legalities and politics to address, and just overall getting organized in the home by goal setting. Each week I write a list of "to do's" and my biggest problem is distraction and my inability to have a full healthy day to focus on those "to do's". After reading your blog I have decided to focus on the main important ones which are:

    1) Give my family more of me by encouraging fun educational and inexpensive projects for the summer (the library idea you mentioned kick started that).

    2) Financial Planning - Being newly married, I want to find a way that my hubby and I can come to a positive consistent goal, adjust plans as needed, but come out on top.

    3) Enjoy the summer!!!! So much opportunity is here and I want to give my daughter and her friends a positive, healthy, liberating, and adventurous journey.

    4) Expand my writing capabilities. I have made my way to writing my own blog since 2009. I also need to write in it more often but I'm setting a conservative goal of posting in it once a week. Then I have another blog that I write for which earns me a small amount of money. I would like to continue finding writing jobs that can provide me expanded opportunity, challenge my brain and abilities I do have in me, and bring overall a positive influence in my writing.

    So, I may have a bad habit of being wordy...problem since college!!! But thanks for the blog because I have just set some hardcore, positive goals and they are for me and my family!!!

  6. Christine,
    You've set some great and realistic goals. I can't wait to see how it turns out, neighbor!

    Mary Ann

  7. My goal is to get more than the four followers I have for my literature blog, maybe you guys can help :(

  8. Well, getting people to follow you is a good goal. I need more followers on my personal blog, Loesch's Muse. I'll follow you but I need to know where to go. Leave us a link!