Five More Days to Meet Your 2021 Goals

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Tic tic tic tic tic. The seconds left in 2021 are counting down. At least that’s how it feels if you have a writing goal from the year that you are trying to meet.

My goal is to finish a draft of my middle grade science fiction novel, Airstream. I set a goal to double my word count this month. Will that get me to the end? I hope so. I was doing really good, writing every day. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Christmas really got in the way. I did manage to write every day but only about 125 words each day.

I did the math and if I write about 511 words a day, I should meet my word count goal. Will that take me to the end of the novel? We shall see!

The biggest problem is that my husband and son are both home all week. You and I both know that I’ll be hearing a lot of “Hey, honey . . .” and “Mom, why don’t we. . .” Fortunately, 511 words isn’t much so it should be do-able.

What about you? Do you have goals that you want to meet? Here are some things to consider as you think about whether or not you want to push yourself the last few days of the year.

  1. This isn’t a great time to submit your work to agents. If they are reading, many want to start the year with a clean box. That may not mean good things for late submissions. If they aren’t reading, your work is just going to sit there. Instead perfect your query letter so that you can get your work out next week.
  2. You can always find a reason not to meet your goals. Your family is home. Today is a day with a “Y” in it. Instead of looking for reasons not to write, look for reasons to write. It’s a nice change of pace and you’ll eventually end up with something to submit.
  3. A small amount of progress is still progress. You may not have the time to write chapters and chapters but a small amount of progress, whether that is a few sentences a day or a page, is still progress. A bit of progress here and a bit of progress there will add up.

What do you say? Are you going to try to finish something up before the ball drops in New York?