Friday, November 18, 2011

Time and Goals.

II've been thinking about time -vs- goals lately. Then I listed my goals and the time spent on them. It made me realize that I need to stop getting distracted by the things that take time away from those goals. In my Facebook, chatting with friends, internet browsing and the occasional online game. We all need to have some entertainment, but it made me realize if I want to reach certain goals I have to shift more of my time into these goals. So I've been trying to curb my habit of checking email and all those fun social media sites.

Anyway, the goals. Let's take a common example. Many people want to lose weight, but how much time and effort do we actually put into it. I would like to lose about 7 pounds and keep it off. Yet I just look at the scale about every other day and think it will happen by itself somehow when nothing has changed. Some people join gyms or buy equipment or go on diets. They lose weight, but a lot of them don't keep it off. Changes have to be permanent when it comes to weight.

How about writing. You want to write a trilogy, but how much time do you spend working on it? It's the same thing with being consistent. 

In my case, I just want to produce more fiction. I'm not even sure Vallar will be a trilogy, but I want to at least have a sequel, so I am going to be focusing mainly on fiction until I have reached my goals. The blog is going to suffer, but I will still visit the blogs of friends and try to update once a week.

And a small update. I'm trying again to get TransShifter to go free on Amazon again. It is free on Apple and Nook. Offering something free seems to be an effective way to reach readers who may not want to take the "risk". So this is about my only marketing plan right now. I feel like I've exhausted all the others for the time being.

Have a great weekend.

Note: Just in case anyone gets the wrong idea. There is romance, but no sex in TransShifter. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, I need to focus on the writing right now. I'd never planned a sequel, let alone making it a trilogy, but now it's expected of me.
And glad I don't have the distraction of Facebook.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Writing is a full time job so you have to make the hours fit your schedule. Im a huge fan of insomnia and caffeine.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Michael Offutt said...

I bought a copy of Transhifter when you first released it, but I haven't had time to read it. However, it's coming up in my queue of things to knock off the "TBR" list and I'll review it.

Julia Hones said...

Good luck with your goals, Cindy. I found that using less facebook makes my writing life much more productive. Eating healthy and exercising can help with your weight goal but they can also have a positive impact on your creativity. Cheers.

Cindy said...

Alex: The sequel was a distant plan for me too, so I know what you mean.

Raquel: Insomnia and caffeine sounds like a great plan.

Mike: Thanks! One thing about Trans is that it's only a novelette about 11,400 words. So it won't take up too much of your time.

Julia: Yes, but Subway also seems to help my creativity too. ;)

Anonymous said...

I usually don't start out writing a series, but as i start writing, my plots always evolve with a sequel in mind... go figure

CherylAnne Ham said...

I'm great at making goals. I'm bad at sticking to them. Very bad. Still, it's good to set them. Good luck with yours! :D