For the rest of you, the halfway point is a great time to reevaluate your goals, so sometime in the next couple of days, I encourage you to step back and look at the overall progress you've been making.
Are you as far along as you thought you'd be by the halfway point?
How much of your initial goals still remain undone? Do you need to redivide the work over the next half-month to ensure you'll finish it all before months' end?
When we get our heads down and focused on our goals, we can certainly make great progress, but I think it's helpful as well to take a step back once in a while and look at the big picture. Are you spending too much time on small details and not getting enough forward momentum with your manuscript? Or are you rushing ahead and forgetting to include all the nuances you're seeing in your head?
The same goes for the actual structure of the writing. When we're focused on fixing sentences and paragraphs and scenes, sometimes it can be difficult to remember the premise of our novel or the theme. It's good to step back once in a while (not too often) and assess where we're at in the big picture and how we're delivering that big picture to readers.
So I'd love to hear about where you're at with your daily tasks, as well as where you're at in the big picture of your projects. Do you find you tend to focus on the little details too much, like me, or do you tend to take too many steps back too often during a month-long writing goal?
I have another prize to give away, but I've noticed there have been a couple of people along the way who have not picked up their prizes. If you'd like to take home one of the awesome prizes being offered, make sure to keep an eye on ALL of the check-ins this month (and it's not too late - if your name has been announced, go back and find it and let me know and you can still happily get your prize).
As for today's prize winner...congratulations to...
Stop by the goal-setting post and choose from the remaining prizes. Then email me at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with your choice and we'll get it out to you as soon as possible. Congratulations! Still lots of prizes to be won, so don't forget to check in with us daily...