Three Months Gone…So How Am I Doing?

We’ve reached the quarter mark of 2012, and I thought it would be a good time to assess where I am on my annual writing goals.  With only a quarter of the year finished, it’s no surprise that I’ve not completed any of them, but I have made significant progress on several.   Here’s how I’ve done on my five goals for 2012

  1. Write and/or edit at least 700 words per day:  I wrote or edited 72,243 words this quarter.  This averages to 794 words per day.  I’m ahead of my daily word count goal, and assuming I succeed at NaNoWriMo (goal 2), I’m on pace for almost 318,000 words written or edited this year.
  2. Complete NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in November):  This goal can’t be completed until November.
  3. Finish at least twelve short stories:  I completed four short stories, a third of my target for the year.  I’d like to maintain this pace, but I suspect I won’t be able to once I start working on some of my other goals. 
  4. Make at least 60 story submissions or five sales:  I made 21 story submissions this quarter.  I’m on pace to make 84 submissions this year, which is excellent.  More importantly, I sold four stories this quarter, with one of those, “My Mask, Humanity,” going to an SFWA-qualifying market (Daily Science Fiction).  The others were sold to small presses or semi-pro publications.  It would be phenomenal if I could maintain this pace and quality of sales.
  5. Revise and submit my draft novel:  I have not started this goal.

While it would be nice to be farther along for some of my writing goals, I can’t complain about my progress after three months.  I’m ahead of where I should be for three of the five goals.  One goal can’t be started before November, so this means I’ve failed to make progress on only one of my goals.  Even this wasn’t unexpected because I had planned to let the draft of my novel sit for several months in order to get some distance from the text before I started editing it.  I’ll get concerned if I fail to make progress on that goal during the next quarter.

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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8 Responses to Three Months Gone…So How Am I Doing?

  1. This is inspiring me to kick myself in the pants and get caught up with my writing goals for the year. I’m way behind on where I had planned to be by this time with my latest manuscript. Congratulations on doing so well with your goals!

    • Thanks! I find it’s important to periodically review where you are with your goals, and it’s a great way to get re-invigorated. Celebrate your success and challenge yourself to fix your failures.

  2. Colum Paget says:

    I’ve sold one and finished nothing new, and not for want of trying. You’re doing well!


    • I’ve also had a tough time getting stories finished this quarter. I’ve had more false starts than is typical for some reason. Just keep chanting the mantra: write…finish…submit.

  3. Marc Schuster says:

    Wow! I’m definitely impressed.

  4. Wow! You are doing great on your goals! Keep at it!

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