Nicole J. Simms

October 2018 Writing Goals Review and November 2018 Writing Goals

Post date: 19th November 2018
October 2018 Writing Goals Review and November 2018 Writing Goals

I’m a little late with this post, as you can see. We only have 12 days left before November is over, and we move into December, and I’m now talking about my November goals (laughs insanely). Time has been moving a lot faster than I am able to, and to be honest, this has been the case since 2018 began. However, I have finally found the time to talk about my October writing goals and my plans for November.

I think I was again a little over ambitious with my writing goals for October. I went on holiday to Florida, so I was away for half of October. I did take this into consideration when I made the goals, but I wasn’t prepared for having to deal with the holiday blues on my return.

While dealing with the holiday blues, I found myself struggling to focus on any of my writing. Well, I actually struggled to focus on anything at all. I spent my days wishing I could go back on holiday. However, I did manage to do something. So, let’s see how October went:

  • Writing Goal 1: Novel 4th draft – edit chapters 6-26
    Result: I edited chapter six, but that’s about it. To be honest, I’m shocked I even managed to do that because I had no motivation at all with my novel. Miss Motivation abandoned me in October.
  • Writing Goal 2: Do novel outline summary, main character profiles and start working on plot for 2nd standalone novel
    Result: Sadly, I didn’t do much work on my next novel (Hangs head down in shame).
  • Writing Goal 3: Do audio recordings for uploaded stories
    Result: Yes, okay, this is one green tick. Yay me! While it took several attempts to record each story, I did manage to record them all. I now need to edit each recording and add each one to my website.
  • Writing Goal 4: The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates
    Result: Due to the book being a library book, I didn’t take it with me on holiday, so I didn’t get to finish reading the book. I was reading, though. I brought a short story anthology with me to read because it wasn’t too big to pack.
  • Writing Goal 5: Read ‘B. 24’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Result: I also didn’t complete this challenge because I started reading the novel first.

So now it’s November, which means it’s time for some new goals.

My November Writing Goals

  • Novel 4th draft – edit chapters 7-57
  • Do novel outline summary, main character profiles and start working on plot for 2nd standalone novel
  • Edit and finalise recordings for current flash fiction stories
  • Read The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Read ‘B. 24’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I previously mentioned that I will be taking part in NaNoEdMo this November. I’m hoping this challenge will help to motivate me because I do need to finish editing this novel. Due to doing NaNoEdMo, I have decided to have fewer goals for November, so I can concentrate on editing my novel. I hope, as always, that I do better this month. However, the important thing is that I don’t give up. I must keep going, even if I am only able to take baby steps; forward is still forward.

It’s hard at times to keep working on something when you can’t be sure if it’ll ever be published, but the one thing you must all remember is that the only way you’ll know if your work is publishable is if you try to get it published. And for that, you need a polished manuscript, so we must all keep going. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself. It’ll all be worth it in the end.

Final note: I’m still working on a website redesign, so if you notice anything looking odd, it’s just because I’m messing with the website.

How did you do in October? Feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear how everyone else is doing.

Keep writing, folks!

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