A Swift Kick In The Pants #writemotivation

So, today I signed up for #writemotivation March 2012 Goal Check. This is KT Hanna’s baby. The idea is to form a group of writers to help encourage and motivate each other, even on those days when our Inner Critic is a bitch.

For March, each writer is asked to set attainable goals to work toward for the month. On Mondays, participants will blog about their progress, and visit each other’s blogs to encourage and motivate each other. All through the month, we’ll use the #writemotivation hashtag on Twitter to give each other that extra little push.

I signed up because, right now, I need an extra kick in the pants to keep moving forward. Most of the time, I’m pretty productive, and keep things moving at a good pace. But…

There’s always a BUT, isn’t there? And this one is pretty big. A few months ago, my daughter and her husband split up following an extremely rocky relationship. The break up is a very good thing, for several reasons. But there were unintended negative consequences. My daughter is bipolar, and despite her meds, her moods have become unstable.

So far, she’s been able to continue working most of the time, but we’re afraid she can’t provide consistent care for her sons. Sooooo…

Her three little boys, 3 yrs, 2 yrs, and 9 mos, have moved in with hubby and me. Thankfully, the oldest goes to preschool, and the younger two go to daycare – otherwise, I wouldn’t have time to even open a document.

Because my work time has been reduced drastically, I need to become more efficient in how I use it. With #writemotivation Goal Check, my work goals for the month are public, and I will be accountable to myself and others for achieving them. Since I’ll have to post my progress here, I’ll work harder to achieve them.

What are these goals, you ask? Well, here they are:

  • Put the finishing touches on the Blood Dragon revisions
  • Get Blood Dragon on submission with at least 5 epublishers
  • Write 40k words of new material on Blood Dragon II

There’s one other goal I should have added, but I didn’t think of it until I’d already clicked “Submit”.

  • Get back on schedule for posting here

There are tons of other things I’d like to add, but these are the ones I feel are most important. And if I add more, the likelihood of achieving any of them will decrease. So, I’ll stop with these four.

I hope you’ll follow along as I post my progress, and help hold me accountable.

About Kenra Daniels

I write steamy Paranormal Romance and Erotic Romance. I live in a very small town in rural northeastern Kentucky, right at the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, with my very own Romance Novel Hero (aka Hubby) of 26 yrs. We're raising our 3 little grandsons - 5y, 3y, and 2y old.
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10 Responses to A Swift Kick In The Pants #writemotivation

  1. Sounds like what I need–just signed up!
    Happy writing–you certainly have your hands full. May you be blessed with efficiency!

  2. Welcome to the party! Glad to see more people getting in on this. I’ve got some (hopefully) great posts from January’s efforts if you want to read them. Sorry to hear about the negative side of your daughter’s issues. My hubs is bi-polar, brought about by PTSD, and on top of everything else….
    I completely understand how life interrupts your writig and brings that negative voice to the fore.

    PS: love your dragon image. It’s gorgeous!

    • Thanks Jamie! I’ll definitely check out those posts. Yes, life definitely has a way of getting in the way of writing. I have chronic health problems, so it’s a constant battle to keep that at bay so I can write. At least with the boys, it’s just a matter of time management and efficiency. :D

  3. Ann Cory says:

    So thrilled you joined #writemotivation! I’m looking forward to it myself :) I wish you wonderful productivity and will be cheering you on all the way!


  4. Tom Kepler says:

    Although I don’t have the time to join a writers’ group, I certainly think support and encouragement are important. I wish you all the best.

    • Thanks Tom! I don’t have time for a writer’s group either, but at this point, I need a push to use my work time as effectively as possible. The 2-3 hours a week I’ll put in encouraging others and writing the goal check blog posts will be time well spent if it gets me even partially back on track.

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