Thanks to Rachelle Gardner, I have formulated some Christmas Goals.
I'm not very good at goals. They make me rebellious, even if I set them for myself. Sometimes I set wildly unrealistic writing deadlines to motivate myself, and they paralyse me. Other times, I set deadlines that are too easily attainable and I think 'Oh, I have ages' and then the deadline creeps up on me and I think 'God, I am such a failure, I couldn't accomplish something in two months that would take most people two weeks. . .'
That being said, goal-setting is something I have to get better at. And Christmas seems like a good time to start - I have quite a bit of time off work in December so I'll have long empty days to catch up.
So here we go (deep breath):
My big goal is to finish my novel if at all possible, and if not, to fully immerse myself in the last few chapters. I still have a lot to learn about the characters in those last few chapters, and that could take me longer than I anticipate, so I don't want to be too prescriptive about that. I want to spend a lot of time just writing about those characters, getting to know them, finding stuff out, without thinking too much of what might make it into a final draft.
My Christmas Plan is:
1. Write something every day, even just a paragraph or two.
2. Get to know the characters for my last few chapters better, and write as much on this as possible.
3. Do some final reading for more detailed research into the period I'm writing about. This shouldn't take too long as it's very specific research and I have one short book that's all about this era. I just need to do another read-through for detail.
4. I'm also going to keep blogging over Christmas. Turns out I rather like this blogging-regularly malarky and anything that keeps me using language, thinking about langauge and structuring sentences for easy readabilty has to be a good thing, as it reduces the likelihood of me writing more sentences as terrible as this one.
I have to do something to prove I deserve that netbook I'm just about to order.