I borrowed the above image from this blog: Kristy Acevedo. You should really read the post, it's quite good.
Someone posted in the NaNoWriMo group on Facebook about writing for 30 minutes for 30 days. There's a Facebook group for that, now, too. I decided why not? I work better under pressure, apparently. So, I joined the group. I decided to tweak the rules to suit me better, personally. My own rule is to write at least 500 words a day for 30 days. If I successfully complete that thirty day goal, I hope to keep going until I've written an entire novel.
It's my aim this year to not be in a hurry -- like I was with NaNoWriMo. Savor the writing process instead of rushing my way through the process. I want to fall in love with my characters, listen to the story they have to tell. Someone asked me once, "Why do you only write Stand-alone novels?" It was a thought-provoking question. I replied that it was because I didn't like my characters very much. I hadn't made friends with them. I hadn't invested myself enough in the story to care about them after I typed the words "THE END."
Sad, isn't it? I mean seriously. If I didn't love my characters, if I didn't care what happened to them, how could I possibly expect anyone else to care, either?!
My goal for 2016 is to take my time, be patient with the process and don't force myself to zip through the process. It's like a meal. Meant to be savored, not inhaled, digested, and pooped out the next day. I know, TMI. But think about it and tell me it doesn't make sense.
Here's to 2016. Here's to my 500 words a day goal. What are your writing goals?