How did it go? Did I accomplish my goals? Were they good goals?
I did find several potential publications. The goal was three per day, and I found six. However, I was also supposed to write a first draft of a sample article, and I just couldn’t make myself.
I think this research is good, but I need more. I need to read these publications to get a feel for where I’d be a fit.
And I need to learn how to write articles.
And I need to practice researching for articles.
Should I start doing that now or later?
It’s okay to do research this week and not as much writing. This week my priority is to experience joy in my relationships, specifically with my family. I’ve had some disappointments recently, and nourishing my soul with family time is one way that I’m recovering.
Writing is another way that I’m recovering. And maybe I’m not doing EVERYTHING to be a writer right this second, but I’m still making progress. And my heart and my health matter most.
Still. I did write a first draft of an article today. It needs refinement. It needs a little research. But it’s exactly what I set out to do, write a first draft.
Last night I read a couple articles on how to get freelance gigs writing articles. This morning, I added some publications to my list by following the advice I found.
I was worried on Day 1 that I wouldn’t be able to write a first draft of an article each day. But, I wrote one yesterday and one today!
I think the fact that I’m tempted to keep going, to write more articles and start pitching before I’m ready is a good thing. I’m truly following a passion.
I am traveling (safely, I promise!), and I thought I’d use some of my commute to write. But instead I created a new schedule for myself to follow next month. And I watched Season Three, Episode One of Westworld.
Today I did not do my writing. I did dye my hair lavender.
Today I read an article on The Write Life (because I subscribed to their newsletter) called 23 Online Writing Groups on Facebook You Don’t Want to Miss.
And I joined over half of them. In one group, a woman shared a Google Excel sheet of writing opportunities. Score!
I also wrote a blog post today. I realize that a good goal this week would have been to write four articles and three blog posts.
The negative way of putting this is that I fell of the wagon with my writing habits.
I made being present with my family a big priority today. And I’m trying to make sleep a priority, too.
It’s late. Tomorrow I will assess my successes and failures for the week and adjust my plan accordingly.
Week Four: Write act outlines for my short stories to turn into novels. Write one act outline and a blog post each day, or two act outlines in a day. Ideally, I will have three act outlines done for each story idea by the end of the week. The first half of the week might be a bit slow, and that’s okay.
Research how to write better articles. Write and Rewrite articles for freelancing. Write one blog post or one draft of an article on alternating days. Brainstorm people to review/revise/edit what I’ve written.
Week Six: Start writing on my novel(s).
Start developing relationships or cold-calling to write articles. Research how to write better articles and revise and write articles for pitching. Start reading publications I want to write for. Start writing pitches for publications.
Rest: Right now, I’m trying to write every day. And I got burnt out a bit during week three. There are other factors, of course, but that makes me wonder if I should take weekends off. Then again, even though writing takes work, it is a source of joy and relief for me. During a time when I am not traveling, perhaps I won’t need to take a break from writing. Another difference is that writing fiction is more nourishing to my soul than writing articles. Perhaps during a week where writing nonfiction is my goal, I take the weekends off, but during fiction weeks, I don’t.
NaNoWriMo: Do I want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How will I incorporate that into my plan? Will I save one of my novel ideas for that?
Sequels: All of my current stories could have sequels. When should I start outlining those?
What do you think about the things I’m pondering?
What topics would you be interested in seeing me write an article about?