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New Year

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So, the end of the year is looming large, and I’ve decided I need to come up with an organized goals list for this year.  Last year was really good for me because I was part of a little support group of women, from which good things sprung, like The Guild! 🙂  For the last few months however, my organization and discipline has waned, as has my general contentedness level.  I think the two are very much linked.  When I actually checked off my “Vitamin” and “Exercise” and “10 min of Creative Writing” from my Remember The Milk online to-do list every day, I felt so much better about myself, in control of my life and not under the control of my whims.  Jan 1 is a good day to revisit all that, I think.

I recently stumbled across Day Zero: 101 things to do in 1001 days and I think this might be my template.  A little part of me shudders to think I’m actually thinking of planning 2 1/2 years in advance! :O  But the other part of me feels like the whole drifting through life thing is getting old, and a small plan for my life might not be a bad idea.  So, before Jan 1 I will be posting my list on this blog and will be updating on my progress!   If anyone else does this, please link them here and I’ll figure out a way to link them on the blog somewhere.  The more support the better! 🙂

But gosh, 101 things is a lot.  Guess that’s #1 on my interum list!  I know for a fact that writing a fantasy novel will be one of the big items on my list.  I’ve been toying around with trying to substitute an hour of video gaming with an hour of bad novel writing on the weekends, so I’ve been doing some brainstorming and referencing books I like to try to turn the process into a relaxing hobby rather than a “make the best novel ever written!” ultimatum:  How I usually approach stuff.   I just started this musing on Saturday, and then JenWriter, writer of a blog I love to read, just sent me a link to this fab list of writing/creative inspiration links yesterday – 101 OF THEM!  OMG CAN THE COINCIDENCES BE ANY STRONGER IN FAVOR OF THE LIST!?!?!
JenWriter: Writing, Reading and Blogging » 101 Resources on the Web for Writers and Bloggers

Also, her latest entry is on how you can help the WGA strike, a fantastic post with many actionable things to do to support the writers.  Check it out.

  • Dan

    When writing a novel, start with the idea of writing a page a day if you’re having troubles. A lot of times, that page a day will turn into a dozen pages a day.

    Still, though, I think the most important thing is to just be comfortable. Grab a laptop and crawl in bed if you have to.

    And yes. The video games will still be there waiting for you.

    Of course, since I’m selfish, if your writing interferes with production of new Guild episodes, well… You are so going to get a scolding that may very well include words like “booger-eater” and “whacko.”

    Good luck though. I think you could write a kick-ass novel.

  • Cassie Dawn

    Hey Felicia, speaking of “To do lists” do you know if there are any photos of you out there with your violin? I could have sworn I saw one once and I was going to print one out for my niece to put up on the wall. She’s been studying the violin for two years now and she’s been an adoring fan of yours since we came to season 7 of our Buffy Marathons. 😉 I got her a book of sheet music to practice on for christmas and I remembered you played the violin as well so I’ve been doing web searches for the past two days with no luck. Either I’m looking in the wrong places or it’s just not out there. haha Anyway sorry to bug you, I figured I’d have better luck asking you than I’m having now.

    P.S. We’re loving The Guild, keep up the great work. Everyone is amazing, especially the facial expressions. 🙂

  • little_sparks

    You would make a kick-ass novelist. You have a knack for witty banter and i love it!

    I can’t wait to see what you have for the to-do list. I could never make one of those. I always substitute adventurous activities for gaming or DVDs. Why do it yourself when you can watch somebody else do it from the comfort of your own chair! :p

  • I’ve tried NaNoWriMo two years running now, and both times other things have come up to prevent me. I suspect I have the desire to write a novel, but not the drive; there’ll always be “other things”.
    My recommendation for writing a novel is to use a laptop, without any games installed (even minesweeper and solitaire – I’m something of an expert at procrastination using minesweeper) and with no internet access. When I do that, I might have a chance!

    I thought about doing a list, but I don’t know if I could come up with enough things to fill it. At the moment, everything seems to be going well, and I don’t think I need one. Of course, this may change tomorrow…

  • Mia

    I’d love to set goals for the new year(s), but 101 of them? I can probably come up with a good two dozen goals, but I wonder if having too many goals wouldn’t make things worse? Say 3 of my goals are: graduate from university, make an album with my band and buy a condo. That’s just three things and I can see them taking up a whole lot of time and effort. So am I supposed to have main goals and then smaller, less demanding goals?

    Hmmmmmmmmm…

  • I’ve written a few novels & sold one (so far). My writing advice would be to set a schedule. Write an hour or two, or 3-5 pages, each day, same time, 5-6 days a week. Slow but steady gets the work done.

    I agree about prioritzing goals, especially if the smaller ones are fun things to do that you haven’t done yet. Of course, circumstances can get in the way, and that’s okay. I wanted to just be a SF/F author, but I got sidetracked into history. Wouldn’t trade what happened for a best-seller slot any day of the week!

  • edgar

    If you want coincidences here’s two…

    While looking for blog entries on coincidences earlier today (for my own secret blog) I stumbled upon an entry which included this 101 in 1001 days list thing. Just yesterday I also heard about Remember The Milk from a coworker because of the twitter interface…

    On an off-topic point, check this out: http://blog.wired.com/geekdad/2007/12/its-like-your-o.html

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  • PaulfromSunnydale

    I know how you feel about the writing. I’ve been working on a personal writing project for most of this year (fiction, but not a novel, long story), and it can be hard to keep at it every day (especially when I’m working 50-60 hours each week too…).
    You just have to keep from making it into a huge task looming over you. The key is to sit down and start writing. Once you do that, 9 times out of 10, you’ll keep writing. It might not be the greatest stuff if you’re not feeling the “flow” but if you don’t sit down and write regularly you’ll never feel the flow.
    Good luck!

  • I’m planning to do the list for the new year thing. I have some free days coming up to work on it. You don’t have to link me, but it’s always fun to have list support! 😉
    One of the first things on my list though is to spruce up my website and take the leap from LiveJournal back to moveable type or try word press. I think whichever one I can feed on to LJ will be the winner.

  • Hey! Cassie, sorry I missed your post! I’m not sure if I have any violin pics, but I will try to drag some up and put them in a photo album. I’ll send you a mail to let you know 🙂

    Tracee, I’m glad to be of help! I like the remember the milk, I have the app on my igoogle homepage, so every day I wake up to my habit list, that’s the things I want to do daily like Vitamin, Exercise etc… I use an old fashioned pen and paper one for the daily chore stuff like “go to bank” I don’t have a fancy phone so the old-school way works for me.

    I will get that 101 things list up before the end of the year, I swear!

  • 101 Goals is a bit over the top for me, unless many of these goals can be smaller goals which lead to a few larger ones. Then again, 1,001 days is quite a bit of time to plan ahead. Good luck with the accomplishments.

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