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2011 Goals- Reading and Writing Challenges

Posted 31 December, 2010 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, Writers Read, Writers Write 1 Comment

I’m a recent faithful reader over at FictionGroupie, and Roni posted a great list today of her 2011 goals, which reminded me that I might want to set some for myself.


As everyone is already well aware, I’ve re-upped for Get Your Words Out, 2011. I’ve challenged myself to 350K words for the year. No small feat but I’m not really afraid of it. Either I’ll make it or I won’t, but I’m not trying to fail. Of those 350K words, I need to set some mini goals as to what I plan to do with those words:

A. Finish All I Wanna Do. I was hoping for only 60 chapters but it may stretch to 61 o 62.

B. Write more short stories. We all know that short and succinct is a challenge for me.

C. Get back to my original fiction piece. Maybe I will write chapter 2 next year?

D. Write a big bang- 20,000 words on a subject. GYWO will be running this.


I’ve been a busy little reader lately. I’ve discovered the world of eBooks which has made it easier and more convenient to read. I’ve never done an official reading challenge, so I’m going to join Roni here:

and here….

I read eBooks almost exclusively, so an eBook challenge should be no problem. I think I should also challenge myself to buy physical books at least once  a month. That’s probably a more difficult challenge. As for book reading, I’d like to set my goal at 50. I never counted before, but I’m guessing I’ve read about a book a month in 2010, give or take a month. I also want to REVIEW them, which is a challenge for me as well.


I’m trying to be better about being more descriptive as to the process of writing. What are my goals, what am I thinking about, what am I planning. And when a chapter/story is done, what I thought of it. What were my strong/weak points, what I could improve on. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a pretty hard nut to crack about myself. I’m not in anyway deluded that I’m an “excellent” writer. In my humble opinion, I could use some work.

So I’ll be getting down to it in 2011.

A little bit of a lot of progress

Very brief update. I got some writing in at work because boss left early. Yay. And then read and read and READ until I finished Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Really great book. Thoughtful review coming soon. My eyes hurt, though, so it’s time to chillax and enjoy some boob tube before bedtime.

S L O W moving chapter (but at least it’s moving) and a new book!

4000 words and I haven’t even got past day one. I’m trying to make sight-seeing seem interesting by interspersing banter and funny, meaningful conversation and not making it obvious that I want to move time along. I suppose it helps that I don’t plan to detail every day of a week long vacation like I’m detailing this first day. My goal for the next 1000 words is going to get them at least to their final destination, the island of Santorini. I should aim for that tonight but I just don’t have the brain capacity, really. It’ll have to be tomorrow. I also started reading a new book that is […]

In which I am still awake, this is going to have to be a double chapter, but I topped 3000 words yay

In which I am still awake, this is going to have to be a double chapter, but I topped 3000 words yay

This box asks me what I think… well. I think I don’t understand the 4 and 5 star ratings of this book. I liked the story itself. It seemed to be full, however, of winding stories and retrospection, which provides us with back story. I guess I’ll have to think further about the characters and development and writing style. [Adding: Which were fine, I guess. It wasn’t impossible to understand].

These words are my own…

I have writted. I got in my 1000 words for the night. Tomorrow I’ll edit the first 1400 and type 1000 more until this chapter is complete. Seems like a nice way to pace myself and not get buried under detail and minutae. My chapter opens with my characters on a long awaited flight. I’ve spent 3 days with them on the plane… my goal today was to get them off of the plane and I did that. Now it’s time to settle down and get some reading in. I’m taking a break from Pretty Little Liars and I’ve picked up the Lonely Polygamist. I don’t know why I am drawn […]

My impatience is showing

My impatience is showing

So, I’m reading “Perfect” the 3rd in the Pretty Little Liars series. And it’s pretty good, for being written for an audience way younger than I. There are 8 books in this series and each book is jam packed with details that very slow unravel a helluva backstory. I find, though, that while I’m interested in what’s happening… I just want to know how it ends. I’m just not sure my attention span can hang on for 8 books. I just want to know who A is and who killed Ali and what’s up with all the secrets? I’m not all that concerned about Emily’s budding lesbianism or Aria’s dad […]

The Sweet Escape 2011

The Sweet Escape 2011

This week I recently announced that I am closing my personal blog. It wasn’t a very difficult choice to make… I hadn’t made a real post in quite some time. A few months after I started this blog, I felt like I had more to say but didn’t want to say it to people coming here expecting to read about writing and books and such. I also know a few people who enjoy my sarcastic wit (har) and such but I don’t want them to wade through posts about writing to get to some inane post about… I don’t know… Kanye West.  Well anyway, that blog ran its course and […]

Get Your Words Out End of Year Count

306,890. My total words for 2010. WEEE!! Well, as of right now. If I write anything else this year (doubtful) I will count it toward 2011. Not too shabby, but I’m looking toward 2011 and I need to have written 46K more words than that by this time next year. My mind is already clicking and whirring with how I am going to fill up my word count next year. Lots and lots and lots of writing- contests, blogfests, short stories, book reviews…. I can do this!