Climb a Mountain

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” – Tom Hiddleston

How To Climb A Mountain

Friday morning, I woke up and wanted a gold star. I set some resolutions and I’ve been working hard and staying on task. I thought that my calendar should have one for every night I edited and every day I got exercise. I deserved some gold stars!

There’s a certain stigma if you’re a “New Year’s Resolutioner.” People expect you to fail. They expect that two or four weeks in, you’ll taper off and the gym will be deserted again. That diet will end and you’ll be back to your tardy self.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

Statistics show that the best indicator of someone successfully quitting smoking? Is how many times they’ve tried before.

I’ve had some luck with New Years resolutions in the past. I’ve tried to stick to SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time- bound), but it helps that I’m statistically motivated. I see my writing or gym visits as a score and I like to see my numbers improve.

This year, I’m trying HabitRPG to try and track this sort of them, but I’m not sure it has the chart love that I’d prefer. I might try making my own…. after I finish editing my novel and get my gym routine back on-track.

My Writing Goals This Year:

  • Finish 3rd re-write by March
  • Send to Beta Reader(s) as soon as re-write is finished.
  • With feedback, finish next rewrite before July.
  • After final rewrite, send to at least 3 publishers/agents
  • Win NaNoWriMo (Write 50,000 words in November)
  • Make a blog post at least twice a month

See how I included the SMART technique? You can tell when each thing needs to be done. They’re in reasonably small chunks that I can tell when I finish. I might finish 4 of them before the year’s half done.

Here’s my progress bar for how much novel was left to edit as of January 1st:

27992 / 50600 words. 55% done!

At this pace (1 chapter, every 2 days of editing), I should be done in 2.5- 3 weeks. Ahead of schedule and before Katsucon, a local anime convention that I help staff.

Are you earning your stars?

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