My October Goals and NaNoWriMo 2016

My October Goals and NaNoWriMo 2016

Time is flying, it’s almost October and the most 2 important goals for October are getting ready for NaNoWriMo and help my cousin to start with an online GED prep course.

There’s a lot to do if I’m going to pull this off. I’m off to a good start. The second goal (working for the GED exam) is a well structured and plan. We intend to work daily for at least one hour using mostly the website, as all we need is there.

The NaNoWriMo prep is a different story. First, I had to pick a genre. Ideally, I would have chosen literary fiction, but who am I kidding?  I chose Chick it.  What I have in mind is not technically chick lit.  I’m not hip enough for real chick lit.  But, it’s definitely for chicks.

Then I had to come up with a story. Done. Next, character names and backstories know where I want to start and what happens in the end. I have several “scenes” that have to take place. Now I have to fill in the details.

Sounds promising, huh? Well, it’s not. Things are likely to change drastically in the writing. I’ve heard of people doing all the necessary planning and then writing something completely different. I can see how that would be easy to do. I’ve started many a blog post with an idea in mind and ended up going in an entirely new direction.

Anyhow, assuming that I will be sticking with my original concept, I need your help. I need a playlist. Writing and music just go together for me. Basically, I need break-up songs, love songs (not sappy ones, more like we’re all wrong for each other but I don’t care), or anything somewhat depressing and melodramatic.  I have a few picked out already and I’ll share them so you can have an idea of what I’m looking for.

Adele “Someone Like You” “Turning Tables” and “Take It All”
Kelly Clarkson “Already Gone” “Because of You”
Hoobastank “The Reason”
Green Day “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals “Colors”
Howie Day ‘collide”
The Fray “You Found Me”
Otis Redding Absolutely anything by Otis Redding because he’s Otis Redding

I think you get the idea. Maybe I should just hit up some old episodes of Dawson’s Creek.
The next thing I need to do is write something every day because that’s how it works.

Writing is a habit. Unfortunately, it’s one of those rare habits that’s easy to break, kind of like attending church. Intentions are the best, but it’s too easy to sleep in, go shopping (fishing, golfing, etc.) or read a book. To motivate me in this goal, I’m tying it into another goal for October.

Once upon a time, I was getting 5,000 hits a month on this blog. That has not happened in some time. So, I want to hit 5,000 views for the month of October. Yes, I know it’s not about the numbers, stats don’t matter, I write for me, blah, blah, blah.

But sometimes, I want to know I’m not talking to myself. I need the encouragement, to know people care about what I have to say. Sometimes, the “journey” isn’t what’s important, but cold, hard RESULTS. (BTW, anyone else hates the word “journey” as much as I do? It’s a perfectly good word that has been ruined by the inanity of reality television. See here.)

To achieve the 5,000-goal, I’m going to start posting more.  I think it’ll help in November. On the other hand, it might backfire horribly. I may run out of things to say by then.


Sorry, the absurdity of that statement was too much to take with a straight face.


So, help me out.  What songs make you cry?  What songs do you listen to when you want to relive the melodramatic, hormone-crazed days of high school?  What did you listen to in college when you were going through your identity crisis and you still had lofty ideals?

This should be interesting.  Inspire me!