Writerly Goals for October

October will be the calm before the storm. Or maybe I’m already in the storm because October is always over too quickly. NEXT month, in November, is when NaNoWriMo takes place. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a writing event that takes place every November and you strive to write a 50,000 word novel in that time. There’s a whole community of people writing their books at the same time, there are hosted writing sprints and fun prompts that you can join in on, there is a daily goal of 1,667 words that can be tracked through the main website, and at the end of it all, there is a little certificate to remind you of your accomplishment and a bunch of sweet discounts and deals with writing/book related companies. That being said, it’s a pretty big deal if you decide to take on the challenge. I’m still not sure what I’ll be doing for NaNoWriMo so that will be a large part of my October writerly goals. However, there are numerous others so without further ado, they are as follows:

  1. Plan for my NaNoWriMo project as I just discussed. I’ve got about three to four different ideas on how I want to go about NaNoWriMo this year but I need to pick one soon and hash it out.
  2. Film and edit at least one video a week for booktube. I’d like to do a couple that are fall themed and at least one talking about NaNoWriMo.
  3. Make a more detailed outline for my novel I’m currently working on. Since I wrote this novel during a previous NaNoWriMo, it was completely unplanned and I wrote it “by the seat of my pants.” I don’t entirely regret doing it that way because I’m not sure if I would’ve finished the 50,000 words in time if I was going by a strict outline. However, it has made it difficult to edit. Along the same lines, I’d like to work on making my characters more in-depth and plan to fill out different character worksheets and draw up some sketches.
  4. Edit my novel. I’m still not sure how to set my goals for editing. I find that I spend hours working on one page sometimes, partially because I get distracted. I also haven’t found a good time that I can write everyday so it’s hard for me to set a concrete goal. If anything, I’d like to start documenting how much I edit and the times that I do so I can try and make a more set schedule and goal.
  5. Finish the MediaBistro class on copyediting since I failed to do this in August and September. I have an unlimited amount of time to do this, but there’s really no reason to be putting it off.
  6. Attend one writerly event. Could be a guest author speaking at my local bookstore, a poetry reading, whatever. I just want to get involved and gain some new insight.
  7. Write at least 2 blog posts a month. I’ve been slacking on this blog which I hate, but I want to make sure that what I write is quality content and would be interesting for someone else to read. I’m actually hoping to write some book reviews soon, though I’m not sure if I’ll be any good at it. I also have a couple of vegan food posts that I’ve been working on that should be done soon.
  8. Complete my October TBR. This includes The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel (the manga) by Cassandra Clare, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, and The Green Mile by Stephen King.

As always, I would love to hear about your writerly goals <3 If you don’t write, tell me what you’re most passionate about and your goals for the month. 🙂

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