Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pushing Boundaries

There are a few good things to the big writing goals I set this year. The first I can think of is the amount of work I'm set to finish this year. I mean, if I do half of what I set down, I'll still finish more than four times the amount of projects I did in 2014. 

But since I'm a bit of a type A personality, I'm aiming to finish more than half this year. The good thing to this is that I have to go further out of my comfort zone than I've ventured in years. I think that limits aren't always set in stone, and the only way to grow is to step past those limits. It's only once those limits are behind us that we really realize what we're capable of. 

So I'm thinking that 2014 will be a year of great growth for me as writer. I'm going to learn so much, and do so much more than I thought I could. Why? Because I have tons of untapped potential, because I've stuck to certain parameters ever since I started writing. 

Now, I can't hide behind any excuses. And if I can't do that, I can't really waste valuable writing time either. 

I'm pretty sure I'm on the right track. For the past four days, I've been drafting two WiPs while editing a third. And I'm really not feeling any slow-down in my output. On the contrary, I suspect I'll be more productive than before. 

This coming from a person who used to be adamant that she couldn't draft and edit in the same time period. 

I can't wait to see which other self-imposed limits are false. 

How's your writing/editing going so far? 

17 comments:

  1. Good luck sounds like you're starting 2014 with a great plan! :)

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  2. Sounds great to be working on more than one project at a time! My writing always goes well (knock on wood). It's the editing I have no motivation for...

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  3. I've often heard people say they're more productive if they have both drafting and editing project. That way if you're stuck on one you can still work on the other. I guess I'll have to try it. Here's to breaking down our limits.

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  4. I have cat-imposed sleep limit. It's... interfering.

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  5. Wow, that's awesome, Misha! I'm inspired by your determination and results!

    I now have the renewed focus I need to accomplish my own writing goals, and will pursue them diligently and will not falt--

    Oooh, look!! There's something shiny over there! Let me set aside my writing for just a moment or two while I go check it out...

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  6. Good for you! Wish I could multi-task better than I do...

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  7. So far, so good for my goals this year! Sounds like you're ready to rock on yours too.

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  8. Sounds like you're doing good and making excellent progress.
    I'm doing okay, fitting in writing, editing and proofing when I can...like after I get finished reading my favorite blogs :)

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  9. I'm also a type A. I drive myself crazy. When I'm drafting and revising, I usually work on 2-3 projects.

    I'd like to finish two novels this year, but it's hard since I have two books coming out and I know I'll have to drop what I'm doing when edits come.

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  10. I used to feel I should finish one thing before starting another, but now I find it helpful to have several projects on the go.

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  11. Wow! 2 WIP at the same time, and editing a third? I'm impressed. I may have to try and do that more, see if I can get more versatility. Thanks for a great idea!

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  12. I'm about 7 chaps into my current wip and jotting down notes for a short story and set to edit my previous project. I'm liking the juggle so far.

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  13. You sound quite organized. Impressive. I have a cover reveal for my new adult novella on Jan 20, and then the book launch on Feb 20, so I'm off to a running start. I'm hoping to publish one more novel and a story in our UR anthology this year.

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  14. Thanks to your help, I'm back on the editing track. I hope to finish my Nano Novel, which is about 3/4 complete, within the next couple of months. I also want to write a sequel to P&P this year focusing more on Juniper and Patrick.

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  15. Howdy, Ms. Type A personality! Best wishes for your own 2014 goals! That's awesome you believe in yourself and your untapped potential. Keep at it! You definitely sound like you're trying hard (and learning), which is the first step/s. :)

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  16. Love your outlook and love all your productivity, Misha! So inspiring. I'm also off to a great start this year. I'm excited for 2014. It's going to be a great year. :)

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  17. I don't know how you can work on multiple manuscripts at the same time. Impressive.

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