Publicly set goals help a lot

It’s official, NaNoWriMo is over and I reached the fatefull 50k words, so I am a…


As usual NaNoWriMo has been a fundamental push through the first draft of my novel, however the story isn’t finished yet and I am excited that there’s still a lot of work to do. It may seem self-celebratory, but I love to spend time with my characters. The project I choose for this edition of NaNoWriMo is the first novel in what I plan to be at least a trilogy: The Modifieds Series.

The story takes place in a distant future. Secret agent Lorelai Sunshine, who belongs to a new race of genetically modifieds humans, is forced to work with a jailbird in order to thwart a conspiracy. Would she manage to save the city of Town, despite the prejudice and suspicion against Modifieds?

Who knows? (ok, I know but I’m not going to tell you… yet).

At present I feel like my novel has bones only, a disjointed skeleton that allows me to imagine the final product, but is still in need of muscles, skin and a little fat. However, before I can do that, I have to finish the first draft. To this end, I read something very interesting today that helped me keeping my focus.

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.

John Steinbeck

From: Six tips for aspiring writers by John Steinbeck

Rewrite in process is an excuse for not going on. How much truth in this statement. That’s why, even if a part of me wants to go back and revise everything I wrote till now, I’m going on with the story and I won’t stop until I reach the end of book one. Then, and only then, I will revise, add, cut and rewrite. I can make only a concession to this: before I go on, I will quickly scan the project in order to jot down a timeline for the story. That will help me avoiding inconsistencies.

Photo Credit: angietorres via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: angietorres via Compfight cc

Now the hard part is to keep writing everyday. It may seem incredibile, but having a goal set publicly spur me on like nothing else does. When I set my goals between me and myself, nothing happens when I don’t reach them. I just find excuses. But when I say them out loud then the embarrassment of failure get the better of me.

I know, if I say it this way it seems like I don’t like writing. But that’s not true. I love writing, it’s just that I need a spur to overcome all the writing related fears.

So this is my publicly set goal: I will write at least 1000 words every day and I will finish “Under cover – Modifieds #1” by the end of January.

Does it help to set public goals or is it scary? Do you have any experience of this kind to tell? Share in the comments! I would love to hear from you!

3 thoughts on “Publicly set goals help a lot

  1. I agree. I recently announced that I was going release an ebook soon and the response was massive (for my little blog, at least). And now I actually have to do it…bugger…



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