Monday, 22 June 2020

Six Month Check In With Goals - The Creative Process


SIX-MONTH CHECK IN WITH GOALS

I do this every year because I make yearly goals and want to check on my progress through the year. I will usually make the goals themselves on my Authortube channel, but then I review them here on the blog about six months into the year.

This year I made fifteen goals, and I'm just gonna go through each of them and let you know how I'm doing on them!

1. RELEASE LIGHTS ON IN MAY 2020 - DONE! I released Lights On on May 12th, and it went swimmingly well. I'm adoring reading reviews and seeing other people with it on their Kindle and bookshelves, and just basically enjoying the response to this release.

2. RELEASE CRAMPING CHRONICLES: THE FIRST TWINGE IN OCTOBER 2020 - STARTED! This is obviously not done because it's not yet October, but I do have the book with the developmental editor, and it should go to the line editor on July 1st and from there continue on to the release in October. I have the cover reveal next month and if you're interested, the link is here.

3. READ 200 BOOKS - OVER HALF-WAY. I ended upping my goal to 250 books as I was so many books ahead. I think the pandemic and lockdown has just fuelled my reading. I'm over 110 books read and still about 12 ahead of schedule for 250 so this is definitely gonna be done!

4. FINISH BOOKS THIS IS HOW IT ENDS & I WISH I COULD SAVE YOU -  DONE.
I finished both of these at the end of April and am very happy with how that went! I'm hoping to finish two more books this year, but we'll see!

5. START BOOKS PROJECT: WITCH HUNT & I WISH I COULD FIND YOU - DONE.
I started these at the beginning of May and am writing my way through them both, but this can be checked off the list.

6. DO A LIVESTREAM ON AUTHORTUBE CHANNEL AT LEAST ONCE - NOT YET DONE.
I still have plans to try and squeeze in a livestream, but with my health still being difficult, it's not yet been something I've managed!

7. COLLAB WITH AT LEAST 5 OTHER AUTHORTUBERS OVER THE YEAR - 2 DONE. I did both the No More Ableist Books Collab & Workstock 3 on the channel, so I'm doing good on this one. I think I plan to try and do some more in the coming months.

8. KEEP UP WITH WRITING LOG - DONE SO FAR. I've been keeping up with this every time I write!

9. KEEP UP WITH AUTHORTUBE CHANNEL - DONE SO FAR. Again, been doing my Thursday posts every week and haven't missed any days, or struggled to keep up with it all.

10. KEEP UP WITH MONDAY AND FRIDAY POSTS ON BLOG - DONE SO FAR. And this one is another that I've been doing really good at keeping up with. I adore my Monday posts, and I'm finding it easier to find Friday authors as well!

11. DO 50 REVIEWS IN 2020 - IN PROGRESS. I've managed to get about 20/25 reviews done this year so far. I'm hoping that I'll manage this one!

12. START EDITS ON LIGHTS OFF AND CRAMPING CHRONICLES: THE SECOND PANG READY FOR RELEASE IN 2021 - HALF DONE. I've started the revision process for Lights Off, and am on the fourth draft after which I think it'll be ready to go to betas, and then start the editing process. I won't start on Cramping Chronicles: The Second Pang until November time.

13. DO A LOCAL SIGNING/BOOK SIGNING - NOT DONE.
I don't think this is gonna be possible to do, not with the lockdown, my health and all of that, but I'll keep trying.

14. DO #JOWRIMOGO EVERY MONTH - DONE SO FAR
. I've managed to do this one every month so far, so that's another good one!

15. TAKE ONE DAY OFF COMPLETELY EACH MONTH - DONE SO FAR
. I've been going easier on myself and trying to squeeze in at least a day off, two if I can manage it, it's good for my mental health and just makes me refill the well.

So from looking at that, I've done a lot of them, and am progressing on track to finish the end of the year with more than half achieved which is a bonus! How are you doing on your yearly goals? Lemme know in the comments!

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