Monday, March 19, 2012

No Sleeping While Writing

I suppose that should be no sleeping while trying to do anything that requires brain power of any kind.  Thankfully, before I spent the weekend draining away my brain power, I did a little bit of revising on MINGLED, my YA paranormal novel.  I hoped to have the revisions done by now but, well, yeah.  No excuses.  Just didn't happen lol!!!

Here are my March 2012 goals #writemotivation - also aligned with Birth of a Novel
Name: Angela L Brown 
Twitter: @neostateofmind
Goals for March 2012:
1: Complete revision of MINGLED and get it to beta readers - Had a mid-month goal in mind but I feel comfortable that this one will be completed *crosses fingers and toes*
2: Post 3 blogs a week - Keeping steady
3: Read 3 books - Two books in on completing this goal, one YA sci-fi, YA paranormal, and working on reading a MG novel.
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week. - Keeping steady
5. Participate in A Picture Paints 1000 Words blogfest at Unicorn Bell - Uh, see.  Um...okay, so I better get this started lol!!!
6. Get at lest 14 of my A to Z blogging challenge blogs scheduled. - Got 6 done.  Slow and steady.

I wasn't big into setting goals.  I just told myself I needed to do something so I just pantsed it.  I can honestly say that setting these monthly goals and holding myself accountable by posting them here has been such a wonderful thing.

Holding my own feet to the fire.

Having a chance to adjust as life tends to throw things at us at the most inconvenient times.

Seeing the progress made:  Priceless.

How are things going in your world or perhaps the world your characters call home?

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    1. Thanks Cristina. Going to do my best :-)

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  2. *facepalm* I need to get moving on my sub to A Picture Paints blogfest also.

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    1. *facepalm* for the both of us. lol!! I was like, "Oh crap!" Needless to say I'm stoking the fire under that goal strong and fast. The day is near and I want a good story for the blogfest.

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  3. Great goals. I'm trying to write a bit everyday. So far so good.

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    1. Getting in some writing everyday is a very good thing to work at. Glad things are going okay thus far. Keep it up :-)

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  4. Wow, Angela! That's a lot to accomplish in a month's time. But I know you can do it. :)

    I also find that actually setting goals and being accountable for them helps me accomplish more too. Duh.

    My goals this month were to start blogging again: #done#; and to finish my wip: #a couple of chapters to go#. I wouldn't have done those had I not participated in the March Madness challenge. ;)

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    1. That's great progress, Linda. You're doing it up and getting at your goals. Hoping you able to keep at it with continued excitement.

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  5. You're doing really well. I find as long as I do the important stuff first, I don't beat myself up for not getting my whole list done.

    You already know about my hellish two weeks. Things are finally starting to move forward again.

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    1. Maria, you kept your sanity in the midst of all that. THAT was goal accomplished right there. I probably would have gone bonkers. But you maintained, got things back in order and back in forward motion.

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  6. You're making great progress, Angela. I think I'm way behind on my goals for this year, but I love reading about your progress.

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    1. I checked out Alessa Hinlo's blog and she experimented with what she called the Great Unplug. She blocked access to certain social media temptations and focused on just her writing for the weekend. She accomplished a lot. Not sure what your schedule is like, but you can certainly try your own version of this and see how much of a dent you can make in your goals for the year. But I always bear in mind that forward progress, whether big or small, is wonderful.

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  7. Sounds like you're doing great! I have my own revisions that need to happen this week, so I'll be sending your revision-vibes! :)

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    1. Thanks, Susan. Good luck with your revisions. And I'll open my arms and mind for all the revisions-vibes you can spare to share :-)

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  8. Great goals, Angela! I find setting them is the key to keeping me on track. I too am in the middle of revisions. Actually, I'm rewriting from scratch my YA Historical Fantasy. Now, as I'm a 1/4 way through, I'm contemplating switching POVs. Ugh. I think I'll try and wait for some beta readers to give me their thoughts. Now, I just need to find a 3rd party beta reader! My usuals are just too close to the story now.

    As for sleeping while writing, probably a tough one! However, I just read somewhere that writers should try drafting as soon as they crawl out of bed. (Yes, you may flip the coffee on!) The idea is your mind is still in a "dreamy" state, and the writing is not "self-edited" at that point. I know my inner critic sleeps until at least noon!

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    1. LOL!! I can only imagine what my brain would come up with if I sat down with a piece of paper and pen and just went at it. I'm still blushing becasue I can remember the tail-end of this morning's dream.

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    2. Woot!! Maybe you'd write some sizzle...?

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  9. Great idea, setting your goals to paper (or screen!). I should try it, maybe it would help me become more organized.
    I'm sketching out a series of interrelated short stories, literary/mainstream for a change of pace.

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    1. Ooh. Change can be such a good thing. Look forward to hearing more on how things are going with those short stories.

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  10. I am so impressed with your progress and goal setting, Angela! I caught up a bit this month an am on track at the moment.

    I like Candy's idea of drafting as soon as we get up, though I confess because of leaving at 7:00, I tend to get up at 6:45 AM not leaving much time for drafting!

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    1. LOL! I guess 15 mins isn't really much time to get ready, run out and try to draft something. But mayben the morning you get up 5 minutes early to can take some of that dream-state and draft something out.

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  11. Accountability is such an awesome thing :) I completely agree with Cindy...my best new words come dark and early. Revisions have to wait until later in the day when the brain is awake. You're doing wonderful Angela! Keep it up.

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    1. Thanks Raelyn. I tend towards holding myself accountable because it's best not to depend on others to do it for you.

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  12. Goal setting works for me too, if only I'd remember to get the aims written down where I can see them. Hope you get everything done.

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    1. That was the main issue I encountered. Had the goals in my mind but didn't worte them so they didn't get to stay in my sights. But this has helped quite a bit. Will keep trying to make each month a "Goals accomplished" month.

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  13. Goal setting is what I need to do right now, but I'm a lazy tard. I love your goals. And I'm excited for you about Mingled. It sounds like you're getting it ready. If you need a reader, email me!

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    1. You are just to silly. "Lazy tard" lol!!!

      Thank you for the offer. I will definitely take you up on that!

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  14. You nailed it - with a set goal, we can see progress!
    I've only done ten of my posts for the Challenge, so I think you're doing good there.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. Getting them all done would be spectacular, but meeting this goal would do wonders in getting me ready for the challenge.

      Glad to see you're also making progress in getting ready for the challenge as well.

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  15. Um . . . I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't been doing much writing-wise lately because I'm so damned pregnant. This being my first baby, I'm much distracted by the novelty and I can't concentrate on writing as much as I'd like.

    I imagine this feeling will pass in a couple of years. :)

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    1. Your body is a little busy with that whole "creating a brand new life" thing so your pre-occupation is totally understandable. You'll get back into it when it's time.

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  16. If you can write without sleep, more power to you!

    With all the various things going on in my life, I consider even the smallest word count to be progress. Good luck with your goals!

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    1. I wish I would write something while sleeping. It would be the best piece of comedy relief, ever. Spend the whole read thinking, "Okay, what the heck was I thinking when I worte THAT line?"lol!!!

      And I like your thinking. Progress is progress. Got to work it.

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  17. I'm working on a first edit right now. Ugh! I have a deadline, too. No pressure!

    But progress is progress, right?

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    1. Ooooh. A deadline. Yeah, not pressure...but get ti done! :-)

      Agreed. Progress of any kind is a good thing.

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  18. Woot! Slow and steady wins the race, isn't that what they say?

    I need to start my blogfest piece too. It's just so hard to pick one picture. :)

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    1. I totally agree. I think slow and steady has also made the race that much more enjoyable. I actually give myself like 30 whole seconds to stop and smell the roses before I drag myself back into the rumble lol!!!

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  19. Angela, you're such an inspiration. Reading your goals always makes me think about my own. Thanks for setting a wonderful example for me!

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    1. *blush*

      Thanks, Emily. If I can do something that is positive inspiration, then I'm honored.

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  20. You're doing so well hon. I miss seeing you over at the hashtag as much as we used to though. But you're seriously doing fantastically :D

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    1. Thanks K.T. Oddly, even though I haven't had a chance to actively get into the hasghtag convos, I try to check out thread and see what's happening with everyone. So you can certainly look for me soon since some things have started to settle :-)

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  21. Well, at least you're getting your goals accomplished. I was doing well with my goals and my publisher came to me with another edit. So, I'm behind now.

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    1. Egads! The dreaded edits.

      Okay, so I would dread them since edits and I have this whole rocky relationship, you know, edits love to drive me insane and I just don't like them though I KNOW I need them.

      I can totally understand why you've gotten a little behind :-0

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  22. Wow, great goals! Glad you're making progress, no matter if it's slower than you'd hoped or not. It's sometimes better not to rush something -- if you're not making your goal there could be a good reason!

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    1. You make a very true point, Colene. I hadn't really thought about that.

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  23. I am so impressed when bloggers can keep up with 3 posts a week. Whew! That is so many! Good luck on all your goals. :)

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    1. Thanks, Alleged. The funny part is that my 3 posts a week is less than what I tried doing when I first started blogging last year. So I'm glad the 3 posts a week is working out.

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    1. After checking out your post today, you've inspired me to work hard and have fun.

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  25. you are doing awesome! look at you!

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    1. Thank you, Tara. It'll be interesting to get another goal done though. See what I can get done this week.

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  26. Keep those revisions coming!

    I'm worried that after I revise my novel I won't have any ideas for the next one. :O Here's hoping that doesn't happen!

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    1. Revising can take quite a bit out of you. But I'm feeling pretty sure it won't take the shiny ideas from popping up in your wonderful mind :-)

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  27. Way to go, Angela! I'm a huge fan of setting goals. Being able to look back and see my planned progress inspires me to hit those goals again. Looking forward to seeing you post that revisions are DONE! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Nadja. You're so right. Sometimes, it can seem hard because I may take a look at what I haven't done. But taking a look at what has been accomplished is just wonderful. I hope to have "revisions DONE" post up soon :-)

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  28. You're doing great Angela! Keep up the good work :)

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    1. Thanks, Susanna. Keeping at it for sure.

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  29. My blog has been instrumental in helping me hold myself accountable. Goals keep me working hard and doing the same, unless I stretch them too far.

    Good luck and good job!

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    1. That is great. Making the blog more than just a place to voice your thoughts and opinions, but to make each step in progress worthwhile.

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  30. Yay! Good for you, progressing on(almost) all your goals!

    As for me, I'm going to spontaneously combust if I don't send this manuscript back to my editor. There comes a point -- after you've changed the same sentence 10 times -- where you just have to say: Um, I think I'm done.

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    1. Oh Dianne :-) Yeah, better send that bad boy in before it's too hot to handle and both you and the MS burst into flames lol!!!

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  31. Great goals, Angela. You are very motivated and focused, which is a major step to success :-)

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    1. Thanks, Angela. It's all just a day by day process. I suppose that's the best way to reach for success.

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  32. Hi, are so you on Cruising's blog and thought I would drop in. I'm in the A-z also. Love your goals! Best of luck. I'll be back.
    dreamweaver

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. A to Z is just around the corner :-)

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  33. I need to set my own deadlines, otherwise I faff around way too much! Once I have a stick in the sand, I'm fine.

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    1. I suppose that's been a benefit of doing monthly goals. This is my way of putting that stick in the sand so I can make things happen :-)

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  34. WOO HOO! I think you're doing wonderful :) And I agree, accountability is a great motivator. As are good supportive friends!! Have another great week~

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    1. So true. Although I haven't had a chance to be as active at our #writemotivation hashtag, I often lurk on it and see the inspiration shared and get a little bit of a kick in the butt from it.

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  35. Goodness, things have been bumpy for me this month, but you're doing awesome! I'm determined to catch up this week, though. I can't believe we're going down the hill where March is concerned now though O.O

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    1. I know right!! Like March is seriously trying to march right on out of here lol!!!

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  36. These are great goals! And I agree, setting them (and posting them on your blog) definitely helps keep you accountable.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. It's been so helpful doing this goal-setting each month.

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  37. I think that as long as we're moving forward, we're doing great. You're doing fabulous, Angela. :)

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  38. Go, Angela! You're doing great. Writing something down always makes it concrete for me. I always find concrete helps in getting things done.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Very good point.

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