Are you a goal setter? List maker?
Pamela Tracy here, and I am. I'm both. Really, as a list maker, I set a notepad by my computer and I plan out my morning. It might look like this.
1. Do load of laundry
2. Fill dishwasher
3. Write 250 words
4. Clear off couch
5. Next step of laundry
6. Write 250 words
7. Clear table
8. Clean living room
9. Write 250 words
10. Finish laundry
11. Unload dishwasher
12. Write 250 words
My goal is always to write a 1000 words a day. The above is what my list would look like on a day I have off from my day job. If I make it through the list, I simply add a few more items.
If I'm working, my list looks like this (and I roll out of bed at 5:00 a.m)
1. Start laundry
2. Write 500 words
4. Write 500 words
5. Get son up and ready for school.
Besides being a list maker, I'm also a goal setter. Right now one of my favorite things to do is the GoodReads book challenge. It's taken me a few years to figure out that my goal is to read 80 books a year.
You'll note that reading is not on either of my lists above, and <sigh> I've not made 80 books yet. This year, I came very close: 77.
To my surprise, I see some people making a goal of reading 12 books a year. That's one a month. I'd curl up and die! If I find a good book, it haunts me and I strive to find stolen moments just to read it. If I don't get to read, I'm grumpy.
I recently read a blog, though, that attacked Goodreads and said the reading challenge was just for authors and it was a way for Goodreads and authors to make money. Hmmm, it's not that way for me. Not even close. I have chosen a few books based on recommendations, though.
And, I leave a review. No, never less than a 3. If I do not enjoy a book, I will not leave a rating. I'll just leave a very generic review.
Do you make reading goals? Do you get grumpy if you don't get to read?
As long as we're talking about reading, I can't let another word flowing off my typing fingers without giving kudos to one of my all-time favorite authors.
I have very few must buys. Sue Grafton was one of them. She never disappointed.
I remember pulling her first paperback from the grocery store rack and after being wowed by the prose, thinking, "Wow, I wish I could write like this."
For every book, I truly wondered how she managed to stay in the 1970's. I wanted to go to her favorite restaurant, I wanted to see the garage house where she lived, and I wanted her sense of humor. (I sometimes feel the same way about Stephanie Plum's neighborhood, and I definitely want to meet Plum's grandma.)
Sue Grafton, thanks for the years of great books. You never disappointed. I'm never going to get to read your Z book, but here's my thought. Z is for Zeal, which you had for writing.
BTW, I heard Sue Grafton speak a few years ago. She was a gracious lady with a good sense of humor.
This is Pamela Tracy, signing off. And, no, the 250 words I put here do not count towards my writing goal.
|Pamela Tracy's most recent novel is a November 2017 release |
from Harlequin Heartwarming.
If you're going to read 80 books this year, you might as well buy mine and start!