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Half way through the year! Can you believe it? How are you doing on your writing goals? Unfortunately, I’m not as far along as I’d hoped to be. This has been a crazy year, and I haven’t been able to put as much time into my writing as I’d wanted. Maybe you can relate.
But, this month I’ve really come to terms with the fact that the past cannot be changed. There is no point dwelling on what we didn’t do. I cannot go back and change the times I was sick, needed to take care of my family, or simply chose not to write. Since I cannot change it, I’m teaching myself not to shame myself or be too hard on myself. It doesn’t help me feel better when I focus on my mistakes. Rather, I recognize the need for improvement and focus on what I can do better. I try to see all the times I did write. I congratulate myself for the progress I have made. This helps me feel more excited to work harder and see more progress.
When I write well, I give myself credit for what I have accomplished. When I don’t write well, I’m learning not to be too hard on myself. I’m trying to recognize that I can be doing more and then spend my energy figuring out how to make the necessary changes.
What has writing taught you this month?
June 2019 Writing Report
Summary of My Month
This month, I didn’t track my writing time or word count very well. Since I am revising, I spent a good bit of time in my WriteMind Planner drafting out revisions of scenes that aren’t currently working. I made some awesome progress with these scenes that have been really hard to re-write. The brain works differently with pen and paper so it was nice to use my planner to brainstorm and work through these scenes. I also spent some time away from my writing while on vacation and while recovering from a cold.
Getting a cold put a huge damper on my writing plans for the month. I caught it at the tail end of my vacation which didn’t help. I purposefully don’t tend to write on vacation, so sometimes it can be hard for me to get back into writing when I come home. Catching the cold made it just about impossible. I lost a few more days that I could have spent writing, but it’s been a really brutal cold. I’d have liked to write more, but sometimes it’s best to take care of yourself.
I haven’t been super thrilled with the beginning of my story and this month I have a much better idea of how I want the story to go. I have some major revisions to make, but the story has a much stronger start and there is a lot more potential to make the story more captivating. I’m excited for how the changes I want to implement will make my story better. It has been really fun to have those AHA moments and realize where the story needs to go.
Thoughts and Goals
This month, I hope to take a step back and set some better goals. I haven’t been able to accomplish as much as I anticipated, and I’m realizing that’s not going to change. I’m busy preparing for a new baby, and once he’s here life is going to get even more crazy. So I want to take a look at where I am in life, where I’m headed and make a better plan for what I can realistically expect from myself. I still want to see progress, so I don’t necessarily anticipate writing less. But I hope I can find more time by being smarter with my time.
What will you achieve this month?