#1 Job for Any Writer

So what is your number 1 writing goal for the month of November? In all reality, it shouldn’t matter if we are in November, March or June, your writing goals should focus on one thing.


A lot of us tend to forget this as Debbie Ridpath Ohi points out in this, one of my favorite of her comics. We writers get busy tweeting, on Facebook and writing on our blogs. Like this one. Sometimes we forget to write.

That’s why I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this month. That’s National Novel Writing Month if you aren’t familiar. The goal is to write 50,000 words in November. That’s roughly 1670 words a day. The idea is that you will draft a new book, more or less, in a month. I say more or less because most books are longer than 50,000 words. A cozy, which tends to be shorter than a lot of fiction, is about 80,000 words.

Anyway, that’s the goal of NaNoWriMo. Me? I’m a NaNo-rogue. I’ve got my own goal independent of the challenge. I want to FINALLY finish the draft of my cozy. It should take about 25,000 words.

How am I doing? As of yesterday (Monday), I had about 18,000 words which means that I’m a little bit ahead of where I need to be. Whew.

As a working writer, there’s a lot that I need to do in addition to writing. I rewrite. I market. I’m redesigning my site. There’s Facebook and Twitter. And blogging. Which is writing of a sorts but it is not the writing I sell. I do manage to squeeze writing in but it can also be far too easy to put it off. That’s why I take part in NaNo. My way.

So what are your writing goals for the month? I hope they include writing.