Write Your Novel This Month!

Today  is the first day of National Novel Writing Month. If you have been wanting to get started with (or finish) your novel, here is your chance to get some accountability and support. All you have to do is sign up and fill out your profile, commit to write 50,000 words, and post your progress. During the course of the month you can win badges, get some inspiration and will finish (or at least put a big dent into) your novel!

Write Your Novel This Month

I’m not participating in the challenge this month because I am just coming off the Write 31 Days Writing challenge (on my personal blog). However, I am going to do a personal mini-version of the challenge by making a commitment to finish the two ebooks I have started!

If you aren’t interested in writing a novel, you can do as I am and do your own personal challenge. You can make a commitment to finally put together that short story (or flash fiction) collection you were meaning to get to. Or, you can get working on that book of poetry you have swimming in your head. Or whatever. Do you want to start a journal? Do you want to start writing some snippets of memories for that memoir your family keeps telling you to write? Now is your chance! Now, I don’t know if these qualify for the National Novel Writing Month, but you can alway ask. Or, just do the challenge on your own.

The point is: get writing! Stop procrastinating and get working on your writing!

Good luck!

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The World Needs You

Sometimes we let fear stop us from writing. And by writing, I mean actually finishing that *dream* writing project. Sure, we may easily finish our writing projects for clients or for our blog. However, when it comes to the writing project that has been tugging at our hearts for a long time, it is another story. Instead of completing that secret project, we distract ourselves by having lots of writing projects in the works, by spending an inordinate amount of time researching and planning, or by finding excuses not to write at all.

If this is you, you are not alone.

Putting ourselves out there is scary. We fear rejection, being misunderstood, or even ignored. This is normal and something I fight against all the time. (Or, maybe I’m not normal?!)

Your words have the power to transform the world

Here is the thing: THE WORLD NEEDS YOU. It needs your unique voice and message. It needs to read and hear what you have to say. Your words have the power to transform the world one reader at a time. But, it won’t happen if you don’t get your words out.

I’m not lying in my manifesto. I truly do believe the world is waiting for your special gift. I truly do believe you have an obligation to share that gift. I truly believe your writing is good enough; that you are good enough. And yes, I absolutely believe in you.

So, that project you have been *meaning* to get finished – finish it. The post, article or book you have been meaning to publish – publish it.

The world is waiting.

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Goals for 2016 Update

I never planned to do a mid-year check-up; however, this is shaping up to be a crazy year and I am way behind in my goals. In some areas I am doing okay but in other areas, not so much. Therefore, to keep it real – and as a reminder/push for myself – I am doing this update. (The updates are in italics.)

Image by condesign (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Image by condesign (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

1. Officially launch my author/writing business (I am on way and I am in the process of working on the website but it is taking much longer than I wanted. Hopefully, I will launch at the end of June or beginning of July.)

2. Write and publish one guest post per month. (Not even one yet. :/ It is still important to me so I hope to get cracking on this soon.)

3. Create at least two videos or video series per month. (Again, not one. I am planning on starting a Periscope series in August or doing a series of grammar videos to go along with the grammar tips I do here on the blog.)

4. Read at least one business or writing book per month. (This is the one goal I have achieved every month so far.)

5. Post to social media at least 3x per week (Mostly to Facebook & LinkedIn, I think.) (I started out strong but to be honest, I haven’t been on any social media for the last couple of months except for brief personal updates on FB.)

6. Post to carolda.com at least 2 times per week. (I am on track here, too. I think I’ve only missed one or two blog posts. Now I need to work on getting more traffic to these posts!)

7. Join 2 support groups/master minds and attend at least one virtual/on site conference this year. (I am doing great with this goal! So far, I’ve participated in two online conferences, joined a writer’s guild, and participated in several writing classes. I am also planning on doing a few more!)

As I reflected on the successes and “not-so-successes,” I see that my biggest issue is time management. I can make the case that health issues were the reason given that my husband has been in the hospital twice, my son got sick and then I have been dealing with issues related to my (mild) cerebral palsy; however they are mostly excuses. I think if I managed my time better I would have gotten more done.

So, this weekend, I am going to work up a schedule that I hope will be doable. My son is starting his summer break so I think that if I plan well, I can get caught up and back on track with these goals.

How about you? How are you doing with your goals? If you are behind, what tweaks can you make the get back on track?

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