Here at Write or Consequences, its goal setting time again. A goal should stretch your ability, without causing stress or strangling your creativity. State what you want to achieve, write it down and then map out the route that will lead to accomplishment. We’ve been down this road three times already and here is a quick recap of those accomplishments/ice buckets.

Dawn: Goal One = ice bucket; Goal Two = ice bucket; Goal Three = DRY TEAM
Lorinda: Goal One = ice bucket; Goal Two = DRY TEAM; Goal Three = DRY TEAM
Sandra: Goal One = DRY TEAM; Goal Two = DRY TEAM; Goal Three = ice bucket
Terri: Goal One = ice bucket; Goal Two = ice bucket; Goal Three = back surgery pass

I am confident that eventually, all four of us will achieve our goal of self-publication, and in the meantime, we’ll be here supporting each other, setting goals and maybe getting ducked with buckets of ice.

Our next goals will run through October 30, 2016.

Dawn will edit Book One of her three book series to make it publish ready and she will write thirty thousand manuscript words on Book Three.

Lorinda’s goal is completion of first draft of Book 3 of her three book series and twenty thousand words of the second draft of Book 1.

Sandra will publish Book 3 and Book 4 of her Promise House novellas.

Terri plans to get back to work, post-surgery, and will have pages to submit for critique every week for the duration of this challenge.

Stay tuned for updates on our progress.

Terri Rich

Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!

3 thoughts on “GOALS

  1. Was feeling pretty jazzed about my new goals, and then . . . I started plotting book three. Egads! Here I’d thought I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted the story to go until I started writing it down. The first thing I noticed was that my Black Moment was not there. Yikes! A teeny, weenie, minor setback. Not! A writing chum of mine once gave some excellent advise when she said you should write to the Black Moment. Kinda hard when it ain’t there. What else was missing (as if a missing Black Moment wasn’t enough)? Turning points, emotional resonance, stuff happens, oh, and to top it all off, I was trying to figure out which chapters in book three would actually end up in book one and book two (yeah, don’t ask.). Terri wanted me to challenge myself more during this goal period, and damn if the challenge isn’t ON.

  2. I’m feeling ya, Lorinda!

    Made a goal, and rather than feeling relieved and proud, I’m freaking out. Made it once, so no reason I can’t do it again, right? Uh, no. Check my history. My track record for meeting two consecutive goals sucks. I’m like batting zero.


    Guess we’d both better keep our noses to the grindstone, sister!

  3. We’ve all got our work cut out for us, I think. Evelyn is suddenly looking like it might be a wee bit longer than I originally intended (and still no resolution for her dark moment), and Barbara is going to be difficult just from a personal perspective… Going to have to dig deep on that one.

    But hey, that’s what this group is about, isn’t it? Not holding each other’s feet to the fire, exactly, but reminding us all that we don’t make progress all at once. It’s always an incremental thing.

    Let’s just keep writing and see how far we get!

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