March Madness

It’s Goal Post Monday, which means it’s time for a look back at last month’s goals and a brand new list of goals for the current month. Sure, those goals may end up looking completely identical to last month’s goals, but the important thing is that at least I’m…consistent?

February Goals

Write a first draft of a blurb for the Terrible Romance Novel

I actually did this. I don’t know if it’s any good, but fortunately, that wasn’t the goal.

Work out the timeline for Part Two of Full Circle

I did not make nearly as much progress on this goal as I had hoped I would. I only managed to write 7500 words last month and only worked out the first few chapters of Part Two. I have one character who’s being a stubborn pain in the ass (and that’s coming from me, the original stubborn pain in the ass…) and one characters who’s probably one scene away from just going completely catatonic and lying on the floor in the fetal position until I go away. (Joke’s on him because if he thinks things are bad now, just wait until I get to Part Three.)

Anyway, there’s been a bit of a hold-up. The plot just isn’t doing what I had thought it would, which will lead to one thing: a major word purge to start off the month.


But if it’s gotta go, then it’s gotta go.

Log at least 87 miles for the month and complete at least one 15-minute yoga session each week.

I did the walking part. I logged 93 miles last month. But the yoga part fell by the wayside. Again. I don’t recall doing any yoga in February. Oops.

Read four books

Yeah…about that. I didn’t do this. I read two books, though, which I suppose isn’t terrible. I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with me these days. Reading never used to be a chore. It never used to be something I had to force myself to do.

March Goals

Work out the timeline for Part Two of Full Circle

I’m hoping the aforementioned word purge may help get those creative juices flowing.

—Work on another round of edits/revisions on the Terrible Romance Novel

I printed out a copy last month and never got any further with it. May March be the month I at least break out a highlighter and take another micro-step toward publishing this book.

Log at least 93 miles and try to throw in some yoga once a week

Read two books

That’s all from me today. Have you set any goals for March?

Tune in Wednesday for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group…unless I forget. If I do, then I’ll see y’all next month.

Until next time…

12 Commentsto March Madness

  1. Great job on the miles.
    You are mean to your characters. Keep it up.
    Make March your month!

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I really am mean to my characters. Somedays, I think I should stop, but then I think of a fun, new way to torture them, and, well…yeah.

      I sincerely hope I can make March my month.

  2. You did well on your goals.
    I hear you about reading. This year, it’s been hard to get into books. I’ve ended up rereading Harry Potter because it’s the only thing I feel like reading right now.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I’ve been thinking about rereading some of my all-time favorite books, to try to get back into the groove or whatever, but I’m so afraid it’ll backfire that I have yet to try it.

      And I don’t feel as though I did particularly well on my goals. But I could have done a lot worse, so maybe?

  3. Christine Rains says:

    Fantastic job on the miles and the blurb writing. I swear, writing a blurb sometimes takes me a whole month as well. Actually, I usually break down and just ask writer friends to help, and they do it so much better than I can. =P I’m behind on my reading goal this year too. I’m attempting to blame it on the fact that the books I’ve been reading have been longer… But really it’s because I’ve been watching more stuff on Netflix. On the other hand, my TBW list is shrinking dramatically! 😀

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I have a TBW list, too, but strangely no desire to actually watch any of it. I’m just really off my reading and viewing game these days.

  4. J E Oneil says:

    Word purge, where they fight to the death!

    I think all my goals are the same as last month, too.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      A word purge where they fight to the death would be waaaaaay more interesting than me just deleting stuff. I wonder how I could make that happen.

  5. Liz A. says:

    I think we all go through periods of just not wanting to read. I’m sure it’ll come back with a vengeance, so maybe take it easy on yourself? Read some comic… graphic novels. Read non fiction. Or maybe, take a month off from reading. It wouldn’t hurt.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I took about half a year off from reading last year. Continuing to do so worries me, but apparently not enough to get me to actually read something. I even have two graphic novels waiting to be read, and nothing. Fingers crossed that the slump will tire itself out eventually. But either way, it is what it is.

  6. Kate says:

    I can’t imagine not wanting to read and having to force myself to do it. I read about 4 books a week and like nothing more than to devour a whole book in a single day over the weekend. But then I don’t get any writing done, so it’s a trade off…

  7. Murees Dupé says:

    I think you did excellent in Feb. I don’t know how you accomplish the exercise part, but I take my hat off to you. I’ve also been struggling to read lately. Maybe our writing is tiring our brain too much? Best of luck in March. I know you will do great as well.

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