Are Some Goals Unattainable?

I'm wondering if I've given myself an unattainable goal for the month of December. I had the bright idea that because I didn't do NaNoWriMo, that I should try writing 50,000 words a month later just to see if I could. November was a really busy month for me, as it is for most people. Why I thought it would be easier to do in December is a mystery to me now.

This past weekend I didn't write a word...Not a word! I went to Orlando to spend time with family, watched Christmas movies, painted ornaments, went to see the Spectacle of Dancing Lights at MGM (I refuse to call it Hollywood Studios), and didn't get home until midnight last night. An entire weekend, and I didn't write. And yet I had so much fun getting into the spirit of the season.

There's the rub: to write or not to write? There wasn't a reason not to write, per se, but when I purposefully go somewhere to spend time with family, it's really hard for me to isolate myself to get some writing in.

Maybe that's the lesson I need to learn: am I serious about writing? Then I need to write even when it's hard. I don't think 50,000 words is unattainable. It is a sacrifice, and that is true about most of the writing I do.


  1. Bria, Please don’t get discouraged. You’ve accomplished great things this year, and received recognition for your hard work. Forget November and December, you have reason to celebrate your achievements for the entire year, and that’s what counts. You’ve earned some time to unwind. Maybe rejuvenating downtime will lead to greater productivity and creativity in the New Year. So, enjoy your break from writing, enjoy being in the seasonal spirit, and enjoy time with family and friends. You’ll make up for the workload later. Kick back, relax, and have a Merry Christmas my dear friend! :o)

  2. Thanks, Cate! That's encouraging to hear from you :) I think I'm beginning to relax about the idea and scrap it all together.

    We missed you last night!


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