Sometimes we take on more work then we can handle. I did this with the NaNoWriMo commitment for November (see October 31 post). Now I must decide: abandon the project or re-evaluate my writing goals for November.
Abandoning the project means the 20,000 words I wrote during the first fifteen days of November would join several other unfinished manuscripts in the recesses of my archive file drawer. If I revise my writing goals, I would continue to work on the current manuscript and complete it. Abandon or re-evaluate goals?
The story is worth telling, and I want to tell it, so I chose to revise my goals and continue working on it at a less intensive pace. This means I will not finish the first draft by the end of the month, but I will be able to enjoy my writing and other affairs in life a little more.
Writing is important to me. However, I need time to visit with friends and family, take walks in the sunny, humidity-free autumn days of the Southeast, and read. Otherwise, writing—something I enjoy—becomes a burden.
Goal revision is as important as goal setting. Golda Meir once said, “I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” This can be said of goals. When we become slaves to our goals, life loses its sparkle; we lose our creative spark. With my revised writing goal, not only will I have time to write every day, but also to spend time outside enjoying the beautiful autumn weather and reading.
This week I encourage you to re-evaluate your goals to incorporate something that brings you joy. Remember, you are not giving up anything; you are rearranging the time you spend on each task.
Take the challenge; put your revised goals on paper—Write Now!