Writerly Goals For May

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At the beginning of the month, I made a list of writerly goals to accomplish, and now that the month is nearly over, I’m pretty proud of myself.

Of the five goals, I’ve accomplished four. Pretty good!

The first goal was to make a dedicated writer’s notebook, which I not only did, but I also made that it’s own blog post. You can scroll down my blog page if you’d like to see that post. It’s only two posts down from this one!

The second and third goals are related. I put my CampNaNoWriMo manuscript that I wrote in April aside, and I wanted to write some flash fiction before beginning edits on that manuscript. I set a goal to write three flash fiction stories, and I thought since I was going to write them, I may as well submit at least one of them for publication. I submitted a story to 101words.org, and it was published earlier this week. Here’s the link if you’d like to read it: https://101words.org/any-other-couple/.

The fourth goal was to come up with an idea for the next CampNaNoWriMo in July. Can you tell I like CampNaNoWriMo? Anyway, I thought it would be fun to write a story set at Christmastime (don’t ask why!) and I think I have come up with a feasible idea! I even ran the story idea by a trusted friend, and after a few helpful tweaks from her, I am really excited to take it further and see what it turns into. Friends are the best!

That brings me to the last goal, to find an editor for the manuscript I mentioned before. At the beginning of the month, I thought that a pair of professional eyes would be the best way for me to go. How is that NOT a good thing, right? But after thinking about it, I may end up self-publishing again, so any out-of-pocket expenses I can avoid would be good. But, I’m still getting editorial help! As it turns out, I have made a connection with an editor who is putting together her own self-editing course, and I am a beta student for her. I am gaining valuable editing knowledge straight from a professional editor, which I can put forth toward my own work! And, I had already decided to recruit a few beta readers for my book, so there will be other eyes besides my own going over my manuscript. Having a professional editor doesn’t make sense for me right now, but maybe somewhere down the line, it will. I crossed that one off the list, and I feel pretty good about it!

Now it’s time to make some June goals!

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