Writing, Blogging, Goals and a Good Spring Clean
February is at an end, Spring is almost upon us and it is time for an honest assessment of the story blog so far.
I know I have kept quiet about my goals for this month, but that is because if I failed horribly it would at least be a purely personal humiliation and also because I think that some goals have more energy if they are kept to oneself.
Goals of this Blog
My initial goals were:
- One post a day
- Make the post useful and relevant to writing, or show personal growth that is relevant to other aspiring writers
- Check facts
- Be honest
- Try to make posts of 500+ words of decent English
For the most part these goals have been realised.
- A few posts have been missed, due to ill health or other real world events, but mostly these gaps have been later filled in.
- I hope that the posts I have made have been useful to others but only my readers can answer that one. As visitor numbers to the site are still growing, I assume some of what is here has been found useful by others.
- As far as I am aware the facts in the posts are correct and no one has contacted me to say otherwise.
- I believe that all posts have been honest. Although the site is “monetised” (Amazon, Adsense etc.), I have not and will not recommend a book or other product merely because it gives me an affiliate link. Frankly, there are better ways to make money through writing and I will not “sell” my integrity that way. Given the choice, I would probably prefer to have this site 100% ad-free, but following my hospitalisation this is not an option as I need to make money from writing. If I ever make enough money from other writing activities to replace a living wage, rest assured that ads will be completely removed from this site.
- The final goal originated from advice in the books of Stephen King and Dorothea Brande. Basically this advice amounted to “make sure you write daily”. I thought 500 words was a reasonable goal, if time was taken to also research the post. Better to achieve a small goal, than to fail in a large one.
As it turns out this final point is the single most important aspect of this month’s activities.
Secrets of Successful Writing
Due to the success of the goal of writing a small fixed amount, I have actually been driven to write well over three thousand words a day. Compared to my old level of output this is not much shy of a miracle.
Thank you Dorothea!
This level of activity has also enabled me to have a few articles published and has changed my attitude to writing professionally, along with the whole process of becoming a writer. In the past, settling down to write has occasionally been difficult, but now it is a pleasure that I look forward to each day.
Writing Goals for Next Month
So, what are the goals for next month?
Well, my meta-goal remains to have my science fiction novel published. Until this happens I will remain a “wannabe”.
However, back in the real world, I still need to make money from writing to provide a living wage. There are many ways to make money from writing and I will be exploring and blogging about them next month.