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What are your February 2018 goals?

What Are Your February 2018 Goals?

On the first Wednesday of each month, I share my monthly goals and encourage you to in the comments. Before I list my February 2018 goals, I’m reviewing last month’s progress.

Last Month: Jill’s January 2018 Goals

  1. Finish revising and polishing third book in Wyoming Cowboys series. Submit as soon as finished.
  2. After manuscript is turned in, dedicate time each weekday on side project.
  3. After manuscript is turned in, continue writing work-in-progress novel.
  4. Continue health plan (exercise for 30 minutes 4-5 days per week, log calories in MyFitnessPal and stay within calorie range).

How did I do?

  1. Yep. Finished book 3 and submitted it. Check!
  2. Yes, I dedicated time each weekday, plus I spent an entire Saturday and a few weeknights on the side project. Check!
  3. While I did continue working on my work-in-progress novel, I came up short on my weekly goals. Kind of check. 🙂
  4. My health plan is going well, but two of the weeks I only exercised three times. I did log my calories and stayed within my calorie range all but 3 days. Close, but no check 🙁

This Month: Jill’s February 2018 Goals

  1. Finish drafting my work-in-progress.
  2. Start content edits when the draft is complete.
  3. Side writing project: meet weekly goals.
  4. *Possible* Final edits for my third Wyoming Cowboy book might arrive this month. In that case, I would move #2 (content edits) to March.
  5. Health: Exercise 4-5 days/week for 3o minutes, log calories in MyFitnessPal and stay withing calorie range most days (I don’t mind going over my range one day a week).

How did you do last month? Want to share your February goals? Leave a comment!

Have a fabulous week!

Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. 1. Finish editing the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo.
    2. Read devotional every day.
    3. Not pull my hair while editing or delete the entire novel! 😉
    4. Be more consistent when talking myself into getting on the treadmill.

    1. Hi Deanna,

      Ooh-la-la, you’re editing a NaNo novel! Yay! You can do this! Pulling our hair out while revising is just part of the process. DON’T DELETE THE NOVEL!! And the devotional is a great goal. It will give you the boost you need. I’ll be talking myself into exercising today, too!

  2. Hi Jill,
    This is inspirational and you seem to be doing well. Good for you! I tanked in January. I’m semi-retired so I laid out an ambitious writing schedule. Enter January with snowstorms, colds and flus, and a truly maddening series of broken appliances and frozen pipes. I Did Write, but around the edges. My February goal is to walk every day and work on my fiction four mornings a week. Period. We’ll see. Thanks for sharing this.
    Kathy Bailey

    1. Hi Kathy!

      I always overload my writing schedule, too. Then life gets in the way. I’m so sorry about the broken appliances and frozen pipes–sending virtual hugs!! At least you wrote. You have to give yourself credit for not chucking it all and hiding under the covers. I’m rooting for you with your walking AND your fiction! Go get ’em!

  3. Jill!! I went back to your January post to see what I’d posted as my goals. And guess what?! I did better than I thought I would! Thanks for the inspiration. My January goals:
    1) finish the story I am working on-didn’t happen
    2) find a critique partner-I did! Now if I could find a few more to share words, scenes, pages, chapters, etc that would be great.
    3) get back into running-went for a run one day-but the rest of the time it was cold or raining
    4) get my house back in order after the water damage in October- I did!

    Thank you for showing me how much I did accomplish! Now for February’s goals:
    1) write every day to have pages to share with critique partner once a week
    2) find another critique partner to share with
    3) make progress on the story I’m working on
    4) be more intentional about running
    5) read a craft book and take notes

    1. Yay, Sally!! I love when you do better than you thought! That’s one of the main reasons I log how many words I write each day. It’s easy to forget I AM working hard. And that’s so awesome about finding a critique partner–go you! Your goals are great! I’m cheering you on!!

  4. Continuing to finish writing my first Christian romance. Also, writing my blog and guest posts for other blogs. Busy times and fun times! 🙂 I appreciate your wisdom and your encouragement. 🙂

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