Week 7 & 8 -- 10,000 out of 20,000
The challenge will have to be put on hold...due to unforeseen circumstances. I am a bit disappointed but I tried one week to meet my goals and it caused me more stress and pain than it should.
I hope you are all staying safe and taking care but also finding ways to have fun. I for one am going on walks with my dog a lot more than I used to just to get out of the house.
Weeks 4 - 6: 20,000 out of 30,000
Unfortunately, I did not quite meet my goals one week however, I had very good reasons. We have overhauled the website (as you may have noticed) and I worked on a few other professional projects.
On a personal level, I have fallen in love with Emma (2020) the most recent adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. I highly recommend everyone check it out. It's witty, funny and true to the original novel.
Second Week Challenge: 12,000 out of 10,000 words
I'm on a roll and I really hope it won't stop. The power a realistic goal has is surprising. It might not work for everyone but it seems to have been just what I needed. A bit of structure and a lot of freedom.
Good luck to everyone with their own goals!
First Week Challenge: 11,000 out of 10,000 words
All it took was aggravating my carpal tunnel but I did it! In fact I surpassed my goals. It's incredibly gratifying to accomplish what I set out to do. At the same time I'm fully aware that part of my ability to reach my goal is because I had realistic expectations. I know that I could have been trying to hit 20,000 but I know I would burn out really quick if I tried to do that long term. Short term for a week long sprint sure I could push myself but any longer than that and I would become exhausted.
The burn out would lead to failure which would lead me to feeling awful about myself. So I'm learning to set these expectations of myself within reason. I definitely had to turn down a movie night in order to hit my goal. Sacrifices were made but it was all in good fun.
What are some of your goals and how are you doing with them? Let me know :)
Writing Challenge Week One: 4,000 out of 10,000
The day is not over and I started my week out strong. I currently have 4,000 words under my belt. I have hopes I will hit my goal of 10,00 by the weekend. This week I am doing a lot of business planning and making plans for the future. It brought up a lot of points and improvements I want to make in my writing career.
There are some things like taking classes to improve my Photoshop skills that I just have to commit to. These things will never get done if I just don't start. I also have started a project that though I am passionate about, I am not confident in. This is making me constantly want to stop and return to the familiar. Instead of looking at this as pushing my boundaries I like to see it as expanding them. I don't want to be stuck doing the same thing over and over again. So onward and upwards!
Do you find it hard to try something new? If so, how did you overcome this?
My resolution for 2020 is to make more time for my writing.
A lot has changed in my life in the last two years but as I am readjusting to my new normal I want to make sure I also prioritize writing. This year I want to challenge myself to write a minimum of 10,000 words a week.
That amounts to 520,000 words a year. I know to some people that might sound scary (while to others it might sound like peanuts). I settled on this as a perfectly achievable goal because this huge number only amounts to about 1500 words a day. Now that sounds like a perfectly achievable number considering some days I write 5000 words. So I like that it gives me that breathing space if one day nothing gets done. I need to believe that I can always catch up.
This year is not about pushing myself to write the most I have ever written (perhaps, I can try that next year). I simply want reintegrate writing back into my life without getting bogged down by the fact I no longer have the time I used to or that I used to be more productive etc.
I plan on using this blog to keep myself accountable and to keep track of my progress.
So cheers to the New Year! Happy writing.