Armand’s Weekly Goal’s & Thoughts

I’ve decided to make a minor weekly goal for myself and try to keep track of it and see where I end up by this time next Monday morning… my daily goal hasn’t changed, it will still be 2,000 words, but I’m going to attempt to curtail the random writing and stick to three projects… hoping it will actually work…

The first one is a short story and second in the Keyport Cthulhu Tales series called “Barren”. Last Friday I released the first story, “Ancient” (available on Amazon and B&N for only 99 cents) and it’s been selling steady in the brief time its been out. I’d like to finish this 5,000 word tale this week.

That leaves me with about 9,000 of the 14,000 words in 7 days… and I have two novellas that need to be finished, so I will concentrate on them.

Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days is almost complete (see cool meter below), so I’ll try to finish it and the 5,400 words needed.

STILL DYING

24600 / 30000
(82%)

That leaves me with 3,600 words to spend on the sequel to my Death Metal novella, titled Death Cult: Death Metal 2. My actual goal was 1,000 words a day for 30 days but I’ll make it up in next week’s writing, or maybe do more than my daily goal and keep it current (in order for it to stay on track I need to have written 15,000 words by next Monday morning, which I can definitely strive for). On goal will put me at 9,700 words.

DEATH METAL 2

6100 / 30000
(20.33%)

Why am I telling you all this? To keep me motivated, and to keep me honest. If you see me spending too much time on Facebook or Twitter this week, yell at me. If you see me playing stupid games (I deleted games on Facebook last night) tell me I’m a idiot.

And let me know if I’m the only one doing this, or if you are also setting goals such as this to get your own writing done. I’d love to hear your successes and screwups and keep me motivated.

12 Responses to “Armand’s Weekly Goal’s & Thoughts”

  1. Where does one get the meters? I think I could find those useful.

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  2. Good stuff, Armand. It sounds like you’re on the right track. Keep that train rolling!

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  3. “Why am I telling you all this? To keep me motivated, and to keep me honest. If you see me spending too much time on Facebook or Twitter this week, yell at me. If you see me playing stupid games (I deleted games on Facebook last night) tell me I’m a idiot.”

    This is something I need to print out, tape to my wall, and tattoo to the foreheads of the top people I see most frequently. I wrote much more often before I started playing on the Twitter.

    -A.M.

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  4. Chad P. Brown Says:

    Excellent idea setting goals for yourself. I recently did something similar (though mine were more long term for the rest of the year) to help me stay focused and motivated. Best of luck!

    Chad

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    • I find when I do yearly or monthly goals I get all screwed up, since I’m constantly adding new projects in all the time… I’ll map out the next four weeks and then get invited to an anthology and have to slip it in, throwing everything off. A daily and sometimes weekly goal is better for me.

      Armand

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  5. I agree! Setting goals is most important in achieving anything. I struggle to keep myself writing every day. (I don’t, *hides head) But I do write at least once a week, so it’s a start.

    I use iCal Calendar to keep track and motivate myself with projects. Sometimes they can be overwhelming, especially when you work 40-50 plus hours a week at boredom-pay-the-bills city already. I read one writer used a spreadsheet to keep track of her daily goals. She would set a goal of let’s say, 5000 words a week as an example. Every day she would add her progress to the sheet and it would calculate where she was during a given time during that week. This way she would be motivated to keep writing if her goals fell short.

    I don’t play games on Facebook, not my thing, thank the powers-that-be, but what keeps me from writing is the social aspect on FB. You can’t help but get caught up in it at times. The other thing (which is still, kind of okay) that keeps me from writing is reading! I read every genre out there, but a lot of times I will read a lot of articles on the craft. It’s a double edged sword! It’s crucial and important to advancing your skills, but if you use it as a crutch to keep you from writing, then it serves no purpose.

    Good luck to everyone with their craft!

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    • I have a cool spreadsheet calculator thing someone gave me, used for NaNoWriMo and I’ve used it from time to time to calculate a novella progression. But then I feel like I’m wasting time figuring that out instead of writing.

      I now just take an index card, break up each story into 500-word pieces and highlight it everytime I hit the next 500 words of it until it’s done…

      Armand

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      • I know what you mean. I’m using Scrivner for my novel, which is awesome and I love it… But sometimes I tinker too much with it because there is a lot on it. Sometimes just the basic Word program is better. Scrivner even has an option to black everything out except just the writing surface.. Lol. I guess every writer tries to escape at one point or another. LOL!

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      • Yes, I’ve used so many different ‘helpful’ pages and software over the years, but usually just get back to basics and open up a simple word doc and start writing.

        Armand

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