Ready. Set. Write!: Goal Setting

RSWgoldpolaroidOne of my Ten Before Thirty goals is to finish the first draft of my current WIP, and what better way to do that than the Ready. Set. Write! summer writing intensive? Accountability is basically Kryptonite for slacking, so I am excited to participate this year and see how much I can accomplish when I know I’ll have to come face-to-face with my actual progress every Monday.

You can check out how it works here, but basically, every Monday I will update with a post about my goals for the week and confess how well (or not well) I did on the previous week’s goals. Starting today and ending August 25th.

Since this is the first week, I want to lay out my goals for the whole summer.

  • Finish current WIP (PHANTASM) by July 28th. Current word count: 22,561. Final expected word count: 60,000.
  • Words per week, through the week of July 28th: 4,680. It sounds like a ton, but that’s why it’s called a writing INTENSIVE, right? It’s still well under 1,000 words/day.
  • Once current WIP draft is finished, begin work on one of the two WIPs I love but put on the back-burner (either MELT YOUR FACE or THE VAGABOND LIFE OF WILDER BRIGGS).
  • Words per week, through the week of August 25th: 3,000. More manageable, for sure, but still a bit of a stretch for me.

And that’s it! If I make my goal every week, I will have written 49,440 words during this writing intensive. I’ll probably have to confine all blogging and commenting to Mondays, skip some movie nights with the hubs and take advantage of every nap time, but if I can manage it, this will be one productive summer!

So, this week, my goal is 4,680 words. Ready. Set. Write!

Are you participating in Ready. Set. Write!? If so, I’d love to hear about your goals!  

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  1. Jaime Morrow says:

    I think a weekly word goal is awesome. When I first started writing, I had a daily word goal and stuck to it religiously. I would love to reclaim that kind of discipline. Here’s hoping we can both do that this summer! Good luck, Crystal! 😀

    • Crystal says:

      I’m not usually all that disciplined, so I’m really hoping I can stick to my goals and the word goals will help me get this thing done 🙂

  2. Melanie says:

    That is a fantastic goal. I’m rooting for you! I haven’t had a word count goal for a long time…someday, when I’m writing on my own instead of with partners, that would be a nice habit to return to. Good luck!

  3. Katy Upperman says:

    Your WiPs have fabulous titles, Crystal. MELT YOUR FACE? Yes, please! And yes, 4680 words is totally manageable. I plan on writing most evenings if you want to make a Twitter date of it. Let me know!

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks, Katy! 🙂 I might take you up on the Twitter thing. I’ve never used Twitter for writing dates/parties but it sounds very motivating.

  4. Ghenet Myrthil says:

    Good luck with all of your goals! You can do it! I bet the accountability of RSW will help you get your words down – that was the best part of Camp NaNoWriMo for me. You can do it!

  5. Laurel Holman says:

    I love the idea of a weekly writing goal. I’ve been using a daily goal, but it’s tough. I am going to try shifting to a daily goal ON AVERAGE for the week, but I might shift it to a weekly number instead. That seems more reasonable, and more tangible. Good luck with your goals, you can do it!

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks! And yeah, I enjoy the flexibility of a weekly goal. We have a seven month old, so day-to-day writing time is still kind of unpredictable 🙂

  6. Alison Miller says:

    LOVE your goals! And yes – you can totally do this! Also, this: “Accountability is basically Kryptonite for slacking.” So true! And why I love writing programs like RSW. 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

  7. mandie Baxter says:

    I always think large weekly word counts sound huge until I break them down and then it’s easy (well, mostly). Good luck finishing the draft. We’re both shooting for the same final count.

    • Crystal says:

      Yeah, I was intimidated at first, but it still breaks down to somewhere under 700 words per day. It’ll be a stretch, but that’s what this is all about, right? 🙂

  8. Erin Funk says:

    Ha! I love this: “Accountability is basically Kryptonite for slacking.” Hope RSW provides all the accountability you need this summer! And I think your word count goal is totally doable. Good luck finishing PHANTASM! With this plan I’m sure you’ll do awesome! 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks! I hope it works, but I know that at the very least, it will work better than my total lack of plan that I was using before, haha… 🙂

  9. Kitty says:

    Um…any book with the title MELT YOUR FACE is a book I want to read! Get going on that! 🙂 Good luck with all your goals during RSW.

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