It’s summer which is a reminder for me to evaluate my writing progress.
While I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of the year, I do make a list of goals. I never achieve them perfectly, but I do move closer to achieving them over time, and I do the work step-by-step to get me where I want to be. Eventually.
This year I have not written nearly as much as I listed on my goal. My word count is abysmal. But I am writing, slowly, progressing toward the end of my newest novel. I may not finish by the end of the year and I am okay with that. I keep writing. I keep working toward my goal regardless of completion by the self-imposed deadline or not. It’s the journey, right?
I expect some of you made some goals this year too, along the lines of writing, or writing more, or writing every day. Good for you! I hope you’ve had much success on whatever that goal was. And I hope you have confidence that you are making progress as you evaluate your goals mid-year even if you haven’t been perfect, or even great, or even good at doing the work you need to do to get what you want. If you re-visit your goals regularly, that will help you achieve them.
And as you evaluate your writing goals this year, how does reality look compared to the goals you made six months ago? Are you meeting your goals? Exceeding your goals? Have you actually started writing yet? There is no judgement here if you haven’t started. Just remember that you can start right now. Evaluate your plan, adapt, adjust, and start now. There is no reason to be discouraged.
It’s never too late to begin. It’s all about adapting the plan.
You can do this.