Writing and Priorities

This month, I’m participating with a group of writers in March-a-thon, where we each make our own monthly goals with writing and then cheer each other on. My goals are to write 600 words a day, Monday through Friday, for a total of 12,600 words in the month. Here is what my progress looks like so far.

writing goal 2014-03

In achieving this, I’ve been following some writing advice came from my friend MK Hutchins. She said that if there’s a day when you don’t meet your goal, look back and figure out what you prioritized higher than writing. If that thing really is more important,  then don’t beat yourself up for not meeting your goal. For example, on March 12, I decided that finishing Words of Radiance was more important than writing. It’s a more frivolous thing, yes, but I justify it because I was filling the creative well, and studying from my favorite author.

On the other hand, on March 21, I didn’t meet my goal because I was too busy playing 2048. It’s a fun logic game, but doesn’t do anything to help me improve writing. So, I am now cutting it so I can keep writing. At least so far, I am on track to hit my monthly goal.

What things have you had to cut to keep writing?

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About Annaliese

Author of the fantasy short stories "Infant Insomnia" and "Curelom Riders." Also a mother of three, one of which has outgrown allergies to gluten, and dairy, though he still reacts to nuts.
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4 Responses to Writing and Priorities

  1. That’s good advice. I’m fabulous at beating myself up for not getting enough work done. I usually don’t let myself do any craft projects until after I’ve written/edited for two hours in the morning. I find if I don’t get some writing done in the morning, I’m less likely to do any writing/editing in the afternoon.

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