Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Did I have to add another goal right now?

In January of last year, I started writing a book about a young boy living in the Bush of East Africa. In 2006, I spent a week in Kenya working with the tribe that he is from, so being naive, I thought I knew everything I needed to know. Wrong. Oh, so wrong. And then of course to really make it a novel, I had to add a few more plot lines, which has added up to more stuff I don't know.

Needless to say, I have found myself spending more time doing research than on writing this past week. Shouldn't I get some sort of credit for that? So I added another goal, that being I spend an hour a week actually researching my WIP.

This new goal brings my goal-meter for the week to six out of 17. So far this week, I have posted two times to the Dino Chronicles, have worked an hour on my book, researched on my book for more than an hour, worked an hour on a devotion which I am sharing with the attendees at a writer's conference next week, and added to one of my social networks.

It always sounds like so much when I write it like that, but really, those are some poor figures. Then I tell myself that it is only Wednesday. Big sigh. Never give up, never surrender.

The boy second from the right is the boy I am using for my book. Isn't this a great picture? I gotta get back to Africa some day. 


  1. Congrats on reaching six of 17 goals so far this week! I find it's important to focus on the positive, not the negative. You're working toward the right direction, so find happiness in that.

    Remember, ROW80 is supposed to be about writing around a real life. When real life cuts in, you just keep on rolling.

    Good luck the rest of the week!

    1. Thanks, Mike, for the encouragement. Goals can be helpful, or depressing, when you can't meet them. The important thing is to just keep going.