Saturday, October 15, 2016

5 Steps to Getting Your Writing Goals Back on Track


It seems like only yesterday that we kicked off our Seekerville Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party and many eagerly committed to follow the Face Your Fears “path” during the coming year.
A glance at the calendar, however, confirms those promising twelve months are winding down. Falling leaves, crisp days and downright nippy nights corroborate a nagging feeling that if we intend to meet our writing goals, we’d better make the most of the coming weeks and get ourselves back on track.
So how did you do the first three quarters of the year? On New Year’s Eve you were likely acutely aware of the fears you needed to face in order to write with purpose and productivity and you were determined to move confidently ahead. Are you still following the route you mapped out early in the year? Or have you been knocked off the path into the thick foliage of what life has unexpectedly thrown at you or wandered off and gotten lost in knee-high weeds of poor choices you’ve made? Maybe you’re even thinking “What’s the use? The year is almost over. I’ll start again next year.”

Sure, that’s an option, but hold on just a minute!  Why not start fresh now? Today? Build up a momentum for leaping into a new year? Just because best intentions may have flagged—or flopped—that doesn’t mean you’re forced to resign yourself to crawling into bed, pulling the covers over your head, and hibernating until January 1. If you’re not quite where you wanted to be or maybe your good intentions barely got off the ground, there are still two and a half months remaining to prepare yourself to roll into another fresh year full steam ahead.
So what do you think? Are you willing--compass and machete in hand--to fight your way back to the path you’d like to be on? Or do you plan to slink off, whimpering, into the shadows?
If you decide to give it a go, here are a few steps that might help get you rolling again.

#1: Revisit your goals. You wrote them down, didn’t you? Studies show that people who write down their goals are mega-times more likely to meet them than those who don’t. Are those original goals for the year still your goals? Would you like to make headway on them before the end of the year?
#2: Pinpoint exactly where you fell short…and why. It’s okay to have changed goals midstream—or to take a “time out”—but did you really choose to or did you allow yourself to drift off the path in whatever direction seemed easiest or most distracting at a given moment? This isn’t the time for excuses or self-justification—nor time to beat yourself up. What life dishes out can sidetrack us—uncontrollables like illness, relocation, natural disasters, child and eldercare, lost jobs or excessive overtime. The list is endless.
No, now is the time to be honest with ourselves about the controllables. It’s a time to objectively identify and evaluate specifics, not generalities. Not just “I didn’t have time to write” but “I didn’t have time to write because I watched hours of TV every night.” Not “I didn’t enter the contest” but “I didn’t enter the contest because I feared the feedback I might get.” Not “I didn’t start that next book” but “I didn’t start that next book because I’d lost confidence after my dream agent rejected my first one.”
Awareness of the impact of choices is critical when journeying toward your writing goal.

#3 How might you have done things differently? Looking back, could you have chosen to stay on the path this year? Could you have gotten up a little earlier each morning to write or set a timer for 30 minutes each evening before crashing in front of the tube? Could facing your fears and entering that contest have garnered helpful feedback--even gotten your entry on an editor or agent judge’s desk?
Perhaps you could have objectively evaluated whether the agent’s reason for rejection held any merit or asked another writer for a second opinion—then either tweaked the manuscript and submitted it elsewhere or moved on to the next book. History is filled with bestselling authors who were rejected dozens and dozens of times.
Although you can’t have a “do over” of the past year, right now you can brainstorm alternate ways that you could have prevented yourself from wandering off the path—ideas that may possibly keep you heading in the right direction in future weeks. Ways to apply “lessons learned.”

#4 Map out a realistic plan. If you haven’t started the book you were going to write this year, it might be a bit too much to tell yourself you’ll finish it by year’s end—although I do know several writers who wouldn’t blink twice at that time limitation. But for us Average Joe’s, let’s make it realistic. Look at your calendar. Figuring in the upcoming holidays, family, friend, work, church and community commitments, are there days you could carve out 30 minutes? 60? 90?
Don’t let the fact that you don’t have all day to write intimidate you. The twelve books I’ve written have been composed in 60-90 minute snatches before work, with some weekend time and occasional vacation days as well. Figure how many words you can realistically write for the next few months during those set-aside hours—then add them up for a year-end total to establish your goal.
Or perhaps you told yourself you’d enter contests or submit a story to an editor or agent. If you get right on it now, you can still get it done well before the holidays. Or perhaps you wanted to take an on-line writing class or write a short story or novella. There’s still time if you pull yourself out of the overgrown weeds, take a deep breath, and make a realistic plan to get back on the path.

#5 Commit to moving ahead intentionally for the remainder of the year. Make a choice, a decision not to give up now. No, maybe you won’t reach every goal you so optimistically committed to on New Year’s Eve. But wouldn’t you much rather go into the new year knowing you’re back on track even in some small way rather than limping toward December 31, your confidence lost and eyeing the coming year with fears of a repeat performance of this one?
It’s a choice to continue on the path—or not. With the year winding down, which choice will you make?
Share with us today where you are on your writing goals for the year. Are you still sticking to the path or have you wandered off? Are there dark pockets of fear you need to dig out and expose to the light?
If you’d like to be entered in a drawing for a copy of my November Love Inspired release, “The Pastor’s Christmas Courtship,” mention it in the comment section, then check the Weekend Edition to see if you’re a winner!
GLYNNA KAYE treasures memories of growing up in small Midwestern towns--and vacations spent with the Texan side of the family. She traces her love of storytelling to the times a houseful of great-aunts and great-uncles gathered with her grandma to share candid, heartwarming, poignant and often humorous tales of their youth and young adulthood. Her Love Inspired books--Pine Country Cowboy and High Country Holiday--won first and second place, respectively, in the 2015 RWA Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards. Her November 2016 release, The Pastor’s Christmas Courtship, is available now (click here)!
Jodi Thorpe’s childhood vacation cabin seems the perfect place for her to heal her broken heart…and avoid Christmas cheer. After twelve years, nothing in Hunter Ridge has changed--except Garrett McCrae. The bad boy who was once her secret crush is now the town minister. And Garrett won’t let her miss out on all the hope and joy the holiday brings.  With every day he’s drawn to the vulnerable woman Jodi’s become, even as he’s about to leave for a mission halfway around the world.  But as they grow closer, their plans begin to change. Can Garrett make it a season to remember, with a love they can’t forget?


Trixi said...

Hi Glynna! While I'm not a writer, I am an avid reader :-) I can relate in a way because I set a goal for myself reading wise and for the most part, have meet or just exceeded those. Not to say I was perfect at keeping those goals all the time, I have strayed a bit here and there and not read for the allotted time I had set for myself. I really need to limit my online time when I have many books to review for authors. That's my downfall, FB is SO distracting! So I need to go back to #4 & #5: Map out a realistic plan, commit to moving ahead intentionally for the rest of the year. I know I can do it :-)

Thanks for the (gentle) kick in the pants! I have seen a lot of good progress for myself over the last year & I also see room for improvement in others. I love your list, must print for myself to keep handy. A VERY helpful post :-)

Please add my name to the pot for your book "The Pastor's Christmas Courtship", thanks so much! What a fun cover :-)

Mary Connealy said...

Hi Glynna a good check list. THANK YOU.

Fedora said...

Great post, Glynna--very helpful reminder for those of us seeking to achieve any goal, whether writing related or not! (Mine might have to do with decluttering the house, ahem...) It's all about progress, whether or not it's swift!

Please include me in the drawing for The Pastor's Christmas Courtship--sounds like a lovely read!

Mary Preston said...

It does help to not only have goals but steps to achieve them.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Glynna, what a great reminder that we can always restructure... and begin anew!

We know that with faith....

Why not know it with writing?

This makes such perfect sense!

Hey, I brought along a lemon cream cake served with sliced strawberries AND whipped cream, an old British recipe.... It's a lovely way to greet an autumn day!

Ruth Logan Herne said...


Bettie said...

Thanks for the great reminders. Your book sounds great so throw my name in the hat for it.

One of my goals this year was to finally put something into a contest. I've put two stories out there. I also made it to the ACFW conference this year.

I do get off track from time to time and appreciate all the encouragement I find at Seekerville. Keep up the good work and happy birthday.

Jill Weatherholt said...

Hi Glynna! I always enjoy seeing your smiling face. :)
Where in the heck did 2016 go? It does seem like the NYE bash was just yesterday.
Although I've had my moments of wandering this year, I've done pretty well staying on course and I'm actually a little ahead of my goals.
Like yourself, I work full-time outside the home. I do write after the day job, but mainly, I'm a weekend warrior.
Thanks for the great tips!

Jackie said...

Hi Glynna,
First, what a beautiful cover! Congrats on your new book!
Second, your post came at a perfect time as today I will get home from vacation and need to get focused on writing again! Thanks so much!

Dana R. Lynn said...

I might need some of that coffee. Or anything with caffeine.

Hi Glynna. Great post. Revisiting and re-evaluating our goals is a good thing.

Your November book looks fabulous. I really think Love Inspired does a phenomenal job with their covers.

Tracey Hagwood said...

Hey Glynna,
Congratulations on your hew release!

A Christmas visit to Hunter Ridge? Yes! Please add my name to the knit hat for a copy of The Pastor's Christmas Courtship. Thank you! I really like the cover and the name Garrett too.

We always seem to talk weather when it's your post day at Seekerville, your pictures have me wanting to get outside and take a walk now that it's finally fall in Virginia! I know you are probably approaching winter temps. Keep warm!

Happy Fall weekend yall!

cathyann40 said...

I love the cover.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, Seekerville! It's not quite 5:30 a.m. here in Arizona, but I've been up since 4:00 working toward a deadline for this coming week -- proofreading "edits" for my May 2017 release. So I'll be popping in and out throughout the day!

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, TRIXI! I can totally relate to the "distraction" element even when you sincerely WANT to be doing something else! You log on to check something simple on the internet--like the weather--and the next thing you know you're checking the news, blogs, Facebook, Amazon, etc. Next thing you know, your allotted time for SOMETHING ELSE has vanished. It sounds as if you've made great strides in reaching your reading goals. Maybe all it will take now is to occasionally set a timer when you get on Facebook and honor that beeper "call" when time's up to go do something else.

I was pleased with the cover, too. Garrett's a fun guy and the cover reflects that.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, MARY! Thanks for popping in!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, FEDORA! Ah, decluttering! One of my favorite activities but one I so seldom am able to find time for these days. Have you read any of Don Aslett's books on decluttering? ("Clutter's Last Stand" and "Not for Packrats Only") I LOVE them. Fun and motivational--have such good suggestions.

Yep, it's all about progress...step by step.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, MARY P! (Or is it night "down under"?) Yes, goals are great but unless we make a plan and start taking steps in that direction, we'll never reach them.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, RUTHY! I think sometimes we tend to look at "fresh starts" as January 1. But ANY DAY can be the beginning of a fresh start.

Thank you for dropping off some goodies!

Dana R. Lynn said...

I forgot to say that I would love to be included in the drawing for this awesome book.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, BETTIE! Congratulations on entering a contest AND getting to ACFW this year. Those are BIG goals met!

Getting off track is easy enough to do, so I'm glad Seekerville is helping you stay on the path!

S. Trietsch said...

2016 goals: 1. Finish first draft; 2. Enter three contests for feedback.

1. I have not finished my draft. That said I have made tremendous progress and now have an outline to work with through the end.

2. I did enter three contests and received incites, ideas and inklings of things to come! (Contests entered: Colorado Gold, Phoenix Rattler and Gin Ellis).

Thanks for the accountability!

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, JILL! Like for you, 2016 has been a blur for me. That's probably an especial "danger" when you're working toward deadlines that have been mentally "out there" for much of the year. Always looking forward to meet those at either writing or day job or both can prevent us from "living in the moment" as much as we need to. I know sometimes while I can't necessarily take a day off, once in a while I try to "stop and smell the roses" so to speak in an effort to slow things down.

That's great that you've stayed the course and are even a bit ahead of where you thought you'd be! Keep up the good work!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, JACKIE! So glad you like the cover. I like that it looks romantically FUN and wintry. :)

Vacation is such a good time to rest both body & brain, to think and pray through things (like goals!) from a different angle. Think of the possibilities, new ways of doing things. Then when you come back refreshed you're ready to go!

Tracey Hagwood said...

I just thought I'd pass this along for Love Inspired readers (not trying to distract anyone from their goals and staying off the computer as some have stated)

All Glynna's older LI's are on sale over at Amazon for $1.99! as are the other Seekers who write for the LI line. I've had a few on my buy list, when I saw the price drop I bought a few and problably will buy more. Fun shopping weekend!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, DANA! Got your name added to the...kitty dish? Stetson? :)

Glad you like the cover, too! It's simple and eye-catching.

Yep, revisiting and reevaluating need to be done on a regular basis. Too often I find myself in a rut doing things the same way due to a lack of time to think through and plan a different and better route.

kaybee said...

Hi GLYNNA, a timely reminder.
I stayed the course and am okay with what I accomplished this year. I finished one Christmas novella. The rest of my work has been rewriting and editing of my "finished" books, but that's okay. I did not feel the Lord's leading to start a new work.
TV is still a problem, mostly because I'm so burned out from my day jobs that I often don't feel like doing anything else. My husband works nights. Sometimes I'm tempted to hand him the remote when he's going out the door. I still get things done, but I'd get a lot more done if it wasn't for the TeeVee. I guess that will be my goal for 2017.
I did okay with contests, even though I only finaled in one, but the feedback from judges was worth the entry fees. This has been a year of growth for me in regards to craft.
Didn't do great in platform and social media, except for putting my two cents worth in here, but I'd never sacrifice the writing for Social.
Agree about the clutter. I've been gradually paring things down. I Do.Not.Want my kids to get stuck with cleaning out the house. Except that some of it is theirs.
I'm not a hoarder, I don't have 20 cats and piles of newspapers, but I'm definitely a pack rat.
Please enter me in the drawing.
Kathy Bailey

Suzanne Baginskie said...

Good Morning Glynna: First I want to say what a beautiful name. Very unusual too. Reading your blog today kicked me in the butt. I started out well this year till about August and worked on my goals. I submitted many short stories and was revising my novel. A few rejections rolled in. What a downer. Then my life took me in a different path. Reading your column today made me think 'this is me' and oh no. A great wake-up call. Time to reevaluate the rest of the year. Thanks for making me see the slump I have fallen into. Bless you for sharing. Congrats on your book and the eye catching cover.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, TRACEY! Thanks for the heads up on the Kindle book sale! I hadn't been aware of that going to happen! Perfect time to do a little shopping for Seeker & Seeker Villager books!! Give yourselves an early Christmas gift!!

We probably talk weather on my post days because I use my own photos for the blog--and living in the Arizona mountains we have such extremes in weather so I often mention it. I bet Virginia is gorgeous right now! Yes, do go for a leisurely walk!

Today's photos were taken (not necessarily in this order) at Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Sedona, Arizona.

Rose said...

Hi Glynna!

I love writing goals. I've been writing mine down for a long time. I 'revisit' them monthly. I'd say that I'm still on track, however, I'm going to have to put my nose to the grindstone to get a rough draft of a cozy mystery finished by December 31st. I shouldn't really say a rough draft because I'm trying a different method to write this book. I'm writing then revising those words before I write the next set of 1000 words. I should have a decent draft when I'm done.

AND as much as I believe in setting and following goals, I also know that writer's need to be flexible if they see another opportunity, like a manuscript call or a need that an editor wants in their lines. Which is something I did about three months ago and now have a proposal on an editors desk.

Thank you for this post. It's inspiring me to try harder to get that draft done.

Suzanne Baginskie said...

Happy Nineth Birthday to Seekerville on the fifteenth day of October. We're just about halfway. Saturday is for lounging with a second cup of Chocolate Carmel coffee (my hubby's favorite) and an Apple cinnamon muffin. Have a wonderful day.

Sally Shupe said...

Didn't get as much done as I wanted to this year. But I've recently entered three contests and am waiting on feedback to make these stories shine. I have two more contests i want to enter. Then over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks I hope to have a few more completed stories. Love this post to help keep me on track!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, KATHY B! Sounds like you're on target for what you wanted to accomplish this year--a novella and reworking finished stories so that they'll be ready at some point to send out into the world!

TV--like internet--really saps our time. I hadn't realized how much until the TV croaked and wasn't immediately replaced. That was an eye opener, so for the past 5-6 years I've thankfully not gotten back into overindulging that habit (I was a CNN, TLC, History Channel, and HGTV junkie). That's freed up a lot of time to read and do other things.

Congrats, too, on entering the contests--feedback is so important, and finaling occasionally lets you know you're on the right track!

Have you noticed that since the advent of computers and a "paperless" society that you have TONS more paper to sort through and file than you ever did pre-computer? I don't have a lot of "junk" to's paper, paper, paper!

Cindy W. said...

Great post Glynna. This year has gone by unbelievably fast. It seems I just had my knee replaced last month instead of 9 1/2 months ago. This year I have felt like our lives have been in a blender, shaking us up and I keep waiting for the movements to slow down. Any goals I had early on have been on hold due to the season I am in. I do believe I am slowly coming out of that season now and I am starting to set goals for the remainder of the year and 2017. So thank you so much for this post of reminders.

Happy Birthday Seekerville! May you all have a blessed weekend and week ahead!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Marianne Barkman said...

Hi, Glynna. I loved your post, and the memes. So spot on for this month. Thank you. I'd love to have a chance to win The Pastor's Christmas Courtship

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, SUZANNE! Thank you! There aren't too many who spell their name like mine, but they're out there! And thanks for the congrats on my latest book!

I'm glad today's post has been helpful. It sounds as if you've been making solid headway on your goals this year. Congratulations! Rejections are a blow and can stall us out--make us lose our confidence and question our direction. And "life" can redirect us, too. So reevaluating and connecting with your chosen path right now may be all you need to get rolling through the remaining months of 2016!

P.S. I'm not a coffee drinker, but that apple cinnamon muffin sure sounds good! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, ROSE! Yes, writing down goals and keeping them in front of you has been scientifically proven to much improve the odds of your meeting them, and it sounds as if you've been following that practice for quite some time--and have the evidence to show for it!

Once I'm done with the edits for next Spring's book, I'll be back on an end-of-year deadline, too. I know it will take a lot of self-discipline with the holidays coming up. :)

I write similarly to how you're writing your cozy--I try to revise as I complete each chapter so that when I get to the end it's pretty much ready to go.

Best wishes on finishing the story!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, SALLY! You may not have gotten as much done as you set out to do, but I'd say entering 3 contests and shooting for 2 more to wrap up the year is top-notch headway! Congratulations!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, CINDY W! "Life happens" can definitely shake up our plans, even ones we believed we'd originally established with God's approval. Sometimes He leads us down a path that appears to be going in the opposite direction we though He wanted us to take. But, as you mentioned, we all have "seasons" in our lives and those seasons--sometimes long, sometimes shorter--eventually pass into a new one with its own challenges.

I'm happy that the post is encouraging you to reevaluate your path!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, MARIANNE! You're in the kitty dish...or rather, the knit cap as Tracey suggested! :) What's the fall weather like in your part of Canada?

Sandra Leesmith said...

Good morning Glynna, What a great post and reminder that we need to look at the path we're on and check to see if it is the one we planned to be on. Loved the photos taken of your area and I do recognize that gorgeous maple tree from your front yard. smile

I so needed your check list. I don't have to adjust much, but might have strayed a little off the path this past couple of weeks due to traveling and issues with the motorhome. But not to fear. I am taking a look around me and getting back on that right track.

Thanks for the reminder. Have a great weekend.

Caryl Kane said...

GYLNNA, thank you for sharing these tips on reaching goals. I wish I were better focused and not easily distracted. I am so glad you made the point that one can begin anew when needed. I relate this to His MERCIES are NEW every morning.


Myra Johnson said...

Fantastic advice, Glynna! It's never too late to do a goals reboot.

I confess, I've never been good at the habit of writing down my goals, even though I do usually have some very general ones floating around in my head. The closest I get these days is recording my projected word count and deadline in Scrivener and letting it calculate how many words I need to write each day to get there. It's a great tool for keeping me on track, at least with my word count goals!

Jackie Smith said...

I would love a Christmas visit to Hunter anxious to read your book! Please put my name in the knit cap......Thanks for your giveaway!

Deanna Stevens said...

Happy weekend Seekerville! “The Pastor’s Christmas Courtship,” sounds like a book I'd enjoy, toss me in for the drawings please.

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, SANDRA! Yes, that maple tree is amazing every single year! Aspens and locust trees are blazing yellow right now, too, as you probably noticed this week.

I can see how on-the-road and RV issues got you sidetracked you, but, knowing you, you won't be sidetracked for long! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, CARYL! Each day can definitely be a fresh start. We don't have to wait until January 1! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey there, MYRA! "Goals reboot" -- I like that phrase! :) It sounds like your Scrivener program keeps your word count goal clearly in front of you every single day. Keeping our goals in front of us--the dangling carrot--doesn't have to be as complicated as we sometimes think it has to be.

Glynna Kaye said...

HI, DEANNA! Thanks for dropping by! Your name's been thrown in the knit cap!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, JACKIE S! Thanks for stopping in! Your name has joined the others! :)

Jackie Smith said...

I want to thank Tracey H. for the heads up on some 1.99 LI books! a bargain and catching up on some Seeker authors!!

Nicky Chapelway said...

Writing-wise I would say that this year has actually gone pretty well. I published my first book (well the process was actually started late 2015), and finished writing my second book (which I am now working on publishing) in 2016. But there's always room for improvement! Let's see if I can get multiple books written. I'm not going to just settled for one book a year. Not anymore!

Thank you for this very motivational post. Please enter my name for the drawing.

LeAnne Bristow said...

Hello Glynna! Thanks for the post. It was just the kick in the pants I needed. Now to figure out where I wrote down those writing goals? We moved this summer and I don't have a writing area yet and everything it still packed up. Maybe I should add that to my goals? Have a great weekend!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, NICKY! I'd say in 2016 you've stayed on your goal path! Congratulations! Wow! Shooting for more than one book a year is a big goal--wishing you the best and I have no doubt you'll find a way to do it!

Paula Mowery said...

The Pastor's Christmas Courtship - that sounds intriguing. Of course, I'm married to a pastor. LOL I would love to read this new release. And I'm trying to stay on track with writing and editing goals. My part-time job with the school system is now in full swing and it gets harder. But I say to myself and everyone else: Let's stay the course and write His words!

Glynna Kaye said...

I can say GOOD MORNING to you, LeANNE, assured that it's still morning where you are! :) Yes, dig out that goal list and get it posted by your computer again! But I do NOT envy you the packing/unpacking that a move entails. Things have a way of sneaking off and being very reluctant to be found in the new place.

Tracey Hagwood said...

GLYNNA- would you believe we didn't have ANY fall weather until this week? and it took a hurricane coming up the east coast to finally cool things down. It's a beautiful 66 and I'm loving it. The power outage and surges took out my fridge though, we've been roughing it all week with coolers and the freezer stuff we were able to squish in the small one outside. The delivery guys just left after two hours of hooking it up and reloading all the stuff (less all the stuff we had to throw out) but I'm thrilled with the new one, so it's all good.

JACKIE S-you are welcome. Anytime I see good deals like that, I HAVE to share. I just saw another deal on FB from Melanie Dickerson. Her 5pk fairytale collection is $1.99 too! I have 2 of the 5 but the other 3 would still be $18 so I scooted right over there and got those too. October must be sale month for the publishers, and it's all right by me.

Edwina said...

Hi Glynna,

Thank you for the encouraging words! My goal for this year was to have my nonfiction book published - and it will be published by the end of December or perhaps a little earlier I did start 2 fiction books - must decide which one I want to finish first!

Please enter me in the drawing.


Susan P said...

It is so hard to overcome those fears regarding anything! I sometimes don't finish a project because some sort of fear has a hold of me. Wonderful post!

Jackie Smith said...

THANKS again, it!!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi again, TRACEY! Oh, dear, are you real close to the coast? A friend in Virginia Beach got some pretty nasty weather out of Matthew that took a number of days to clean up at her place. I'm sorry your fridge got fried, but glad you were able to get a new one fairly quickly. Now maybe you can relax and enjoy some real autumn weather!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, EDWINA! Congratulations that your nonfiction book will be published THIS year!! That's an AWESOME goal to meet! But how on earth in the midst of that did you find time to also start two fiction books??

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, SUSAN P! Glad you liked the post! Sometimes it takes quite a bit of prayer and thought to pin down WHAT it is exactly that we're afraid of and that is holding us back from something we REALLY want to do. Sometimes we don't even recognize that we're afraid of something.

Tina Radcliffe said...

I'm going to guess that about 70 percent of us get 90 percent of our year's writing goals accomplished in 30 percent of the year that is left.

I know for me, it's always my biggest push of the year. Right now I'm working on four projects at one time. LOL

Connie said...

Great tips for all of us. Thanks for sharing and yes, I would love a copy of your November Love Inspired release, “The Pastor’s Christmas Courtship,”
Thank you!

Tina Radcliffe said...

BTW, Glynna your cover is simply lovely. It's unique and they look like real people. Simply beautiful.

Valri said...

Hello Glynna! I am taking your points to heart in my every day life! They can fit into my life, even though I'm not a writer! Goals are always "in style"!!! Wasn't it just yesterday that we were celebrating New Year's resolutions??? LOL

I would love to win your new book! You know how much I love this series! Happy Birthday, Seekerville!

ohiohomeschool said...

Hello Glynna,

I am taking a class and I appreciated your writing tips. I tend to not dig in when I should. :-) I would love to be in the drawing for your new book The Pastor's Christmas Courtship.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey, TINA! You're probably right--we see the end of the year looming and give it that last BIG push. I thought Love Inspired did a great job with the cover, too. Like I'd said earlier, it looks wintry with a touch of fun and holiday romance in the air!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, CONNIE! Thanks for stopping by and throwing your name in the knit cap! I'm happy you found the tips helpful. :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey, there, VALRI! So true that these "tips" can apply to more than a "writerly" life. Your name's in the cap, too!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, Becky! What kind of class are you taking? Like Tina mentioned, it seems that as we enter the last quarter of the year we tend to either give up and say "oh, well, I'll start fresh on January 1" OR we dig in and give it all we've got these last few months! Your name has joined the others in the cap! :)

Tanya Agler said...

Glynna, Thank you for your post and stressing the importance of writing down goals so we can later look back on them. And I love what Tina wrote about 70% of writers getting 90% of their goals in 30% of the year. I also love what Leanne wrote about how some of our writing goals do need to be focused on our writing environment to make it easier to write.

Thanks for the tips about getting on track and keeping on track. Please enter me in the drawing.

Wilani Wahl said...

I would love to be in a drawing for your book. I am sort of in the same boat but for different reasons. I am overwhelmed right now with trying to get everything done I hadn't been able to do for almost two months, but I did write 2,000 words and I am taking an online course on Preparing to write a book in a month so I am moving on and forward. It was hard on me not being able to write. The Lord is so good. I am praying I can stay well during Nano in November. This class is helping me work through details before I even write the first word, I have the title, a blurb and for Monday's assignment I need to have the goal and motivation for my characters. I am sort of a pantser so this is good for me.

Hoping everyone has a great weekend.

Walt Mussell said...

Am I making progress toward my goals? Well, my first goal was to finish my novella for the project for the school for dyslexia. Done. The second one was to put myself on the road to self-publishing a novel. I've hired an editor and a cover designer.

The only thing I haven't done is finish my history of Christianity in Japan presentation.

I'm not writing enough.

I'm also not reading enough books (and my TBR pile has grown tremendously)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, TANYA! Your name's in the cap! If we don't write down our goals and review them regularly, it's so easy to get caught up in all the daily demands and forget we even HAVE any long-term goals! Then suddenly we find the year winding down and think "oops." :)

I know my writing environment could use CPR, but that won't happen until I get my current WIP turned in. :)

Julie Lessman said...

GLYNNA!!! BOY, did I need this nudge, my friend, albeit SO much gentler than Ruthy's kicks in the butt.

I actually am implementing a new writing process starting Monday where I am pulling out of most promo and social media to focus on writing since I am behind on a book due in February. I tend to beat myself up, but then I stopped and realized after reading your blog that I wrote two novels (one of which was 520 pages) and two novellas in less than a year, so I guess I'm not the slacker I think I am. I'm just now a Ruthy, Mary, or Debby ... OR a Glynna!!

But that's okay because one of the things going by the wayside along with the promo is the comparing, so I'm good to go!

This year I intend to do NaNoWriMo for the FIRST TIME EVER, so the timing couldn't be better.

I did revisit my goals like you suggested, which were one novel and two novellas, so I am absolutely STUNNED I did over and above that when I thought I blew it. So your blog today has really encouraged me A LOT, making me realize I did better than I thought, so just imagine if I reallllllly put my mind to it!!

As far as how I might have done things differently, I would definitely write a thousand words a day like Ruthy and Mary set their goals to do, but I allow things like promo (for my newly released book) to get in the way, along with lake life, so my commitment to pull away from most promo should help alleviate that. I hope.

Great post, my friend, and may I just say how incredibly impressed I am with your TWELVE BOOKS while working full time. WOW!!

Hugs and more hugs,

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello WILANI! Your name has joined the others in the cap! That Preparing to Write a Book in a Month course sounds like a great pre-NANO thing to do. Any of the behind-the-scenes thinking you can do is to your advantage to make the most of your time. The things they are asking you to do will also help you when you need to write a synopsis for submission of a book proposal, too! Wishing you the very best for NANO month--which is RAPIDLY moving toward us!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, WALT! Sounds like you've accomplished a LOT this year! So what do you plan to focus on for the next 11 weeks? Hit the history of Christianity in Japan hard or more reading? Or ALL of the above!?

Glynna Kaye said...

Hey there, JULIE! WOW! I'd DEFINITELY agree you haven't been a slacker this year!! All that even with "lake allure" right on your doorstep!! That would be way TOO tempting for me. Lakes. Oceans. Rivers. Love 'em and could sit for hours just looking at them without giving a thought to my writing. :)

You and Wilani are braver than I am to tackle NANO, but I bet it will be a wonderful learning experience just to see how fast CAN you write!

P.S. Remember, MY books aren't 520 pages long!!! :)

Chill N said...

Hi Glynna! I am stumbling back to the path after hacking my way through months in the jungle of real-life. Your words about writing 12 books in 60 and 90-minute snatches are exactly what I needed to hear today. Thanks!

A question for all you published writers: when it's absolutely clear you can not meet a publisher's deadline due to a real-life situation you couldn't have foreseen, what happens? Do they push back the book's publication date? Send you a personal assistant? :-)

Thanks again, Glynna, for the upbeat, don't-give-up message.

Nancy C

Chill N said...

P.S. The scenery in the photos is gorgeous!

Nancy C

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, NANCY! Thanks! Can you tell there's something about paths that intrigue me? :)

I WISH publisher's would send a personal assistant--or a ghost writer at times like that. :) I'll let some of the other published writers respond to this one since I don't have much experience in that area, but probably (and depending on the publisher) the deadline would be re-negotiated if at all possible.

Most publishers contract for and schedule books a year or two in advance, including having promotional materials and events prepared / planned well in advance of release. Sometimes missing an original scheduled book deadline by a 4-6 weeks might not mess them up too much--the book could possibly still come out as scheduled. Other times it might, if possible, need to be switched with another author's later scheduled slot or publication moved out a year or more. I think a lot would depend on the flexibility of the publisher's schedule, how long it will take the writer to complete the book, etc. So probably those situations are very individualized.

I think the most important part is for the writer to communicate as EARLY as possible with their agent and editor so there's time to make adjustments and not leave the publisher with a gaping hole in their scheduled releases and lose promotion $$.

Maybe some of the other authors who've had experience with this could offer more direction?

Barbara Scott said...

Thanks for the pep talk, Glynna! I didn't accomplish what I wanted to, but I did finally enter a contest and wrote a novella that was just released yesterday in the Christmas collection Sleigh Bells Ring. I still haven't sold my historical romance, but I'm trying. Thanks again for the reminder that writing time comes first.

Chill N said...

Thanks for such a thorough answer, Glynna! Several real-life situations caused me to wonder how a publisher would handle my not being able to meet a deadline. It sounds like there's a bit more wiggle room than I thought -- and the earlier the notice of a problem, the better :-)

Nancy C

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, BARBARA! Congratulations on your story in the novella collection coming out!! This is the one from Gilead Publishing, right? I'd say that's a GREAT goal to have met his year!! Writing a Christmas novella someday is still on my dream list...not to the goal stage just yet, but a long-time dream. :)

Glynna Kaye said...

NANCY C -- Maybe some of the other published authors who have a bit more knowledge / experience with a similar situation will stop by and be able to shed some more light on your question this weekend. I think the key to keeping a good relationship with a publisher in situations like that would be communication, communication, communication with editors/agents.

Connie Queen said...

Hello Glynna.

I have no idea what my goals were on New Years. I guess that means I didn't write it down or misplaced it.

I entered contests and submitted a full ms to two different editors. (This book was a looooong time in the making...) I'm also started another book and am half-way through with it. I plan to finish the book before the end of the year. If I can do that, I'll be happy w/my progress. :)

Thanks for the pep talk. I needed that.

Laura Conner Kestner said...

Thank you, GLYNNA - this is just what I needed today. Since I haven't been published yet, I was thinking I really hadn't made that much progress this year, but then I realized I entered contests, took online classes, and got a website and author Facebook page going. And I learned something new and encouraging nearly everyday on Seekerville. Thank you everyone!

CatMom said...

Glynna, you are AMAZING!! I admire you so much for writing your wonderful LI books while working full-time. And I'll add that your books I've read so far have been great and are on my keeper shelf. :)
Thanks for this post today - - it really made me stop and think about my progress this year AND areas where I definitely need to improve.
I am happy to say in some areas, I met my writing goals (entered 5 contests, attended the ACFW conference, and completed a WIP). But I still need to be more disciplined with my daily routine *sigh*. I tend to allow myself to be "pulled" into various chores around the house that could wait until I've completed a certain amount of writing, so for the remainder of this year I will try to be much more disciplined about meeting a certain word count before tackling other jobs. :)
I'm SO excited about your newest book, and plan to purchase it (so no need to enter me in your drawing)! Thank you again for this timely post.
Hugs, Patti Jo

P.S. On a personal note, an email I sent you a few months ago bounced back to me (I used the email address you'd given me) so I will try and send it again! :)

Julie Lessman said...

GLYNNA SAID: "P.S. Remember, MY books aren't 520 pages long!!! :)"

LOL ... yeah, so which of us is smarter, do you think??? But I'm learning. My next book in the series is only 313 pages, so you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!! It just takes a LOT longer!! ;)


Audra Harders said...

Glynna, excellent reminder to check our goals and assess our success. Can you believe it's almost time for Rockin' New Year again?? Why even bother taking down the Christmas decorations? The time seems to get shorter between Decembers each year, LOL!

Thanks for the great post, Kiddo!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Looks like an interesting day today. Loved all the comments. Makes me feel better that I'm not the only one who needs a kick in the behind. chuckle

Best wishes to all of you on making those goals.

Jeanne Takenaka said...

Here I am, LATE again. I loved this post, Glynna. Your suggestions are practical. I especially liked your #2. I need to really do this and evaluate why I made the choices I did this year and make changes.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

Glynna Kaye said...

Almost 4:30 a.m. here in the West. I've been up transcribing yesterday's redlines to my edits for the May 2017 book. :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi CONNIE Q! For having made your way through the year without writing down your goals, you sure accomplished a TON! Scary to think of how much you might have accomplished with written ones! :) Congrats on a FABULOUS year!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, LAURA! Entering contests, taking classes, and getting your social media sites established are HUGE goals met! Congratulations! The Seekers are delighted to have been an encouraging factor in your year!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, PATTI JO! So glad you've enjoyed my books and they've made their way to your "keeper" shelf. :)

That's so weird that your email bounced. Do try again, please.

It sounds as if you've had a VERY productive year--ACFW, 5 contests, and completing a book!! I think daily discipline is a constant battle for most of us--so many things in addition to writing that must be seen to daily--day jobs, family/friend/church commitments, cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, housecleaning, house/garage/yard/car maintenance, correspondence, etc., etc., etc. We live very jam-packed lives, but despite all that you reached some MAJOR goals this year, so don't be too hard on yourself! :)

Glynna Kaye said...

JULIE -- congrats on the "shorter" book. :)

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, AUDRA! TOTALLY amazing that you, Ruthy & Tina are already making plans for our NEXT Rockin' New Year's Eve party! I agree -- 2016 has just flown by. Kinda scary!

Glynna Kaye said...

Hello, JEANNE! Thanks for stopping in -- glad you found the tips practical. I'm ALL about practical. And step-by-step. And never give up. :)

DebH said...

coming VERY LATE to this post, but that doesn't change how awesome it is. I did not write down goals because I sort of knew I wasn't going to be doing much writing this year, but this post has inspired me to make itty bitty goals and try the little stuff and graduate to bigger things later.

THANKS GLYNNA. I really needed this post.

Kim hansen said...

Sounds like great ways to get back on track.