I wanted a plan. A really concrete, systematic plan with lots of parts and to know where I am heading but I have to say I have fallen a bit flat. Since I moved house in December (I hope never to move just before Christmas again!) I haven't written since November and NaNo and I barely read until the Christmas holidays too. I also have the busiest few months coming up with two hen parties, two weddings, five 30th birthdays (INCLUDING MY OWN!) so I know I need to be sensible in what I set out to achieve. But I still want to achieve.
There are still some paperwork bits I need to get sorted after my move and some clothes I need to unpack...still! But on the whole I feel set up. In fact sitting for the first time at my dining room table I think this will be a great place to write. I have decided to return to my WIP 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker' that I wrote during CampNaNo last year. I am 58,240 words into it and the other day when I finally located it on my laptop I read the last page I wrote and was actually quite liked what I saw! So this is what I will write. I also want to have another stab at reading 100 books this year so I will need a reading goal too. I have managed to read three so far already this year but as I am back to work today my reading time is obviously reduced. Don't you find work always gets in the way?!
But I have to admit that my writing stuff got packed into a big bag and there it remains. I need to sort this stuff and reaquaint myself with 'Matchmaker' and what I had planned for the plot from here on out. Therefore I don't feel I can set a word count goal because I need to do some reading of Matchmaker and work out some next steps. So I think a time goal would be good for now because it can go from time spent preparing to time spent writing hopefully. So here are my goals:
1) Read two books a week in order to read 100 books this year!
2) Spend 30 minutes a day, five times a week on writing related things. Prep, reading notes, research and writing all count.
3) Write a ROW80 check-in every sunday.
I have gone for five lots of writing related time a week to allow for some insanely busy weekends and as always when I set a time goal I am aiming for two and a half hours total a week.
So that is the plan. Hopefully simple and hopefully effective! I hope to make as many sprints on the #ROW80 twitter feed as possible and hopefully visit lots of you fellow ROW80ers as I was really slack about that last round. I hope everyone feels like they know where they are heading and I have a feeling it is going to be a good round!!!