Monday, January 22, 2007

Goals

Does anybody else expect too much of themselves? Like you set goals but when you find you're actually achieving them, you start to expect more of yourself, rather than rewarding yourself for the things you've achieved?

OK--(I went back and checked)--My goal was to write half of a Harl Presents novel in January 2007.

91 pages or 25K.

My page numbers are off but I'm on about 21.5K and I have at least a week to go. But have I been nice to myself? Have I been patting myself on the back for a good job done? No. I've been berating myself for not getting more on paper and for not finding the writing of emotions easy.

I needed to work harder than I normally do, to stretch myself and also to read much more, digging deeper into the HS line. So I guess I know myself pretty well when I set myself much lower targets than normal :)

So--here's to being good to yourself when you deserve it!!!


(23,279/50,000 words)

18 comments:

  1. Toni -- stop chastising yourself and go chastise Bailey instead. She needs some help ... clearly self-recrimation is not enough ;)

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  2. Hey to me, 100 words on a page is impressive, do definitely give yourself credit for such an accomplishment. Besides, I firmly believe in quality over quantity, so even if you didn't make the number goal, that just means that you've concentrated on making it a better story - does that make sense?

    Well done, Toni :)

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  3. Feel proud, Toni! You've accomplished so much!

    And yes, I know that feeling of not "cutting it". I find my CP does a great job of reminding me of what I've accomplished. Not only does she help keep my writing strong, she does me, too!

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  4. I'm not sure I ever set a goal and achieved it, so I'm not sure. I think I prefer to not set goals and surprise myself instead.

    I saw your post on an Inconvenient Truth. I posted a while ago about this. It was as you say. My wife had a chat with a guy who dismissed Al Gore by saying he was just politicking. I disagree. After seeing that movie, I am convinced that he is quite sincere in his concern for the environment. Everyone should watch this movie and take heed.

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  5. We are always our worst critics. For me, if I constantly berate myself for not getting something done, that only makes it that much harder for me to do it. It's like I'm setting myself up for failure.

    Take it easy on yourself. It's not like you don't have a million other things going on in your life!

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  6. Loreth--will do :)

    Stacy--yep quality is more important but for first draft stuff I need a word count goal otherwise I don't write new stuff I just edit the old ;)

    Meretta--we're both Margie converts and your CP sounds the same. I like attaining my goals I get a very good feeling when I do it :)

    Scott--goals don't work for everyone, and that's fine as long as you're happy. That is the key. And yes I remember you posting about An inconvenient Truth, and that was one of the reasons I wanted to see it. Everyone should see it.

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  7. Melissa. Always something going on, but nothing quite like writing is there? This post was about being good to myself. Better than whining (I hope).

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  8. How wonderful to have reached such a goal by the middle of January! I say reward yourself with a nice treat, and onwards to the second half of the book. :) Goals are good for us, as we Margie-converts all know, lol, and your word counts inspire me so keep posting them, please!

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  9. Thanks Laurie--Margie is a star :)

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  10. Laurie, I post the word count for me--a record I can examine if need be, but if it inspires you, all well and good.

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  11. Goals are good for us, but they can kill creativity, too. It sounds like you're doing fine, though, so don't be too hard on yourself. All the best from a fellow Canadian author.

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  12. That's a great word count, you have nothing to hammer yourself about. I'm pretty hard on myself, but usually over other things.

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  13. Hi Holly, thanks for stopping by :)

    Rene, I guess we all beat ourselves up!

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  14. Toni you have accomplished so much already.

    I think having goals is great as long as we don't kill ourselves trying to reach them LOL

    You're doing awesome, I mean look at your word count...holy moly :)

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  15. I think you should congratulate yourself, not chastise!! You've done an impressive amount of work!

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  16. Cough--well thank you LOL. I didn't do it for pats on the back, but thanks :) You guys are so nice :)

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  17. This man is popping up on loads of blogs this week!!

    Can we at least get some 1/2 nekkid ones up?

    And "up" would be preferred. ;)

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  18. Isabella--I posted the only picture I've found of him with his shirt off. I do have the famous wet Mr Darcy shot though :)

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