Monday Motivation: Plans for Amanda’s Nose in a Book

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It’s time for some Monday Motivation!

Monday can be hard, especially when you’ve just come out of a weekend that was much busier than you anticipated (pretty much every weekend when you’re an adult, right?). But it really doesn’t have to be. Not if you’re doing something you love. Making what you’re passionate about a career is something that so many people dream of, myself included. Monday Motivation is one thing that I want to bring to Amanda’s Nose in a Book at least once a month, to give you something that will motivate you to read, write, be creative, and do the things you love!

The past few years I have been trying to decide what to do with my career, with this blog, and just with what I want to do in general.

Amanda’s Nose in a Book has been pretty quiet. But it’s time to change that. I absolutely loved it when I was posting here regularly! It was fun,  I connected with other readers and writers, and met my two critique partners here.

I’ve decided to get “the fear” again (yes that is a friends reference) and use this space to combine my two passions: teaching and writing.

I’m an English teacher (currently a substitute) where I live. While subbing isn’t a bad job at all and I get to do something different every day, it’s not something that I am super passionate about. I love teaching. I love writing. And for a long time I’ve tried to find a way to combine the two.

In the upcoming months, there will be some huge and awesome changes to this site, and I will be starting so many other new endeavors.

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Monday Motivation: August Goals

Goals

Last month was a very productive month for me writing wise!

I set a goal of 15k words for Camp NaNoWriMo and began writing draft 2 of The Source CNW_Winner_555-1Chronicles. Without that goal I would have never gotten as far as I did.

If you don’t know this about me by now, I am big into making goals for myself and creating to-do lists. It’s how I got through college and even afterward, it helps me to organize my thoughts so that I can get stuff done.

One of my favorite Author-Youtubers, Jenna Moreci made a video not long ago about Quarterly Writing Goals. It made me realize that having those longer-term goals to complete in a 3 month period might help me visualize how much I can accomplish in that length of time. Since we’re a month into the 3rd Quarter of 2016 (yikes), I’m not going to make any quarterly goals. But I am going to make a list of 5-7 goals I would like to work towards in August.

Goals for August:

  1. Revise and send 2-3 chapters of The Source Chronicles a week to my  critique partners. (Another 15-20 k added to current word count of 15k).
  2. Query 10 literary agents with The Girl in the Glass Coffin (2-3 a week)
  3. Blog at least 3 times a week— this one will likely be one of the most difficult for me, as I’ve gotten out of the habit of blogging.
  4. Read 4 books
  5. Exercise 3 times a week
  6. Journal more

So there ya have it! Things for me to accomplish within the next month. And I think I can do them all too!

What are your reading and/or writing goals for August? Let me know down in the comments.

Monday Motivation: Setting Realistic Goals

Monday Motivations- Setting Reasonable Goals

Goals are important, especially to me as a writer.

Without goals. I would get nowhere with my book, or my blog, exercise routine, cleaning my house. I wouldn’t get anywhere really. With anything.

3631831Goals helps me to prioritize the things that are most important. They help me get stuff done! But it’s important to realize that while we should set goals for ourselves, it’s more important that we set goals that are realistic. If we set goals that aren’t realistic it’s likely that nothing will get done. At least that’s how it is for me. Continue reading