Same Goal: Different Words

As part of the Write Free course by Caroline Donahue, I’m giving a good deal of thought to setting my writing goals. Until COVID and quarantining, goal setting wasn’t much of a problem – even if I didn’t always make my goals. But thanks to Caroline, I’ve rethought how to set goals. 

If you follow this blog, you’ve seen me mention Midnight Bites. I wrote nearly forty thousand words of the novel during NaNoWriMo 2019, so when 2020 rolled around, I said, “Here’s and easy goal: Publish Midnight Bites before the end of the year.” And then everything turned upside down. We’re all allowed to reevaluate and reschedule goals.

Caroline said not to set a “goal,” but to set an endpoint to make me happy.  Once I realized what that end point was, I began making progress on Midnight Bites.

My goal is no longer: Publish Midnight Bites by the end of the year.

Today, I ask: What happens to CC and James Earl?

Their part of the story isn’t done; I don’t know what they will do. I’m biting my fingernails with worry and anticipation.

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