Monday, June 06, 2011

Second Summer in the City

Summer is great. It's always hot (hence, never cold), I don't have to get up early, and even though Lizzie's gone (because she hates me!) my friends and I have plenty of fun. It's my favorite season.

Unfortunately, it's also my most unproductive one.

In the book No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, he lists lessons he has learned through his many years of NaNoWriMo. Number Two on that list states: Being Busy is Good for Your Writing (pg. 16). I am woefully not busy during the summer and it flashes by before I can get anything done.

This summer, I pledge to get things done. I pledge that this summer will not be wasted. I pledge that the following goals; Will. Be. Met.

Writing Related
  1. The Lullaby rewrite will be completed.  This is a big one because this was scheduled to happen last summer. Did I mention summers are very unproductive for me?
  2. Thinking of You story line revisions will be completed. Previously, I had this put off until July but I may start work on it sooner.
  3. Royally Burned and the untitled princess clone story will be plotted out accordingly. I attempted to start Royally Burned this month and it just wasn't grasping me. This happened with Forever, Frog as well. All due to lack of planning. I am not going to let this happen again.
Reading Related
  1. All unread books will have their status reversed. I have over one hundred books that I have yet to read. Good thing I'm a fast reader.
  2. I will host two more Wonderful Weeks. For sure I will be doing one on the Left Behind series. The other is undecided, though I have a few ideas.
Nerd Related (you so saw that coming)
  1. Pokemon versions FireRed, Emerald, and Platinum will be completed so I can start HeartGold. Google is your friend.
  2. The Wii Fit Plus will be used as a tool to gain muscle. Simply explained, because I have none. XD


  1. Good luck with your goals. I always plan to get a lot done in the summer but between bringing the kids places, relaxing, visiting family, and the heat, I only get things accomplished in spurts.

  2. Good luck! I so agree -- when I'm not busy I get NOTHING done. Last summer I was unemployed and sitting at home. And somehow I managed to accomplish zilch on my writing, my blog, even reading. Honestly, I don't know what I did do.

    But it sounds like you're quite on the right track. Let me know if there is anything I can do (or say) to encourage you :)

  3. My summers aren't busy and I still don't get enough done. A hundred books? That's amazing in itself! Good luck with your writing and editing.

  4. I love your goals, and your blog. You have a new follower.

    Good luck with your goals!

    Ellie Garratt

  5. Definitely agree, business helps!--What great goals you have (my heart goes to you for the rewriting...I hate it! lol).

  6. Yeah, when I'm on holidays I often slack off a lot ;)

  7. If being busy is good for writing, I'm totally set! Hey, want to swap a few responsibilities for a few hours--make us both better writers? =) Best of luck with you goals.

  8. Good luck Brooke! You WILL complete all these goals. I have faith in you. ^__^ You have so many different stories going its amazing!

  9. It seems like you will need three years of summers to do all that! Good luck!

  10. @Theresa M. I get things accomplished on a scale of one accomplishment per month (maybe). XD

    @Bess I can never remember what I do either except laze around on the computer and maybe read.

    @JEFritz If you want you can follow which of the books I'm reading in my sidebar under Reading Trail. Maybe I'll set up a counter there.

    @Ellie Thanks for following. ^^ It makes my day to see that follower number has gone up.

    @Michael As always!

    @Jes I actually enjoy rewriting more than editing. It feels more concrete somehow.

    @Trisha I remember one spring break I made myself write a poem a day, more if I could. You don't know how many times I can so close to forgetting!

    @Crystal It depends. Do you have any small children? XD

    @Madeline Look whose talking about so many different stories! You're the one trying to write four in a month.

    @Theresa Nah, not like I have anything else to do. XD

  11. good for you! setting goals is half the battle =)

  12. Hmmm. Being busy does nothing for my writing! Lol. Good luck on your summer goals!