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What Are Your November Goals?

I’ve actually been enjoying the blustery, overcast weather. Winter will be here with the snap of my fingers, so I will take the windy, rainy weather since it comes with yellow, rust, and fiery orange leaves.

Okay, so it’s time for goals. How did you all do last month? Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo? I don’t do NaNo. November is packed full for me, and adding the pressure of 50,000 words would send me over the edge! But I love cheering on my friends who do it, so if you are, I salute you!

Let’s get to goals! First I’ll share my October ones and how I did. Then I’ll set my new ones. Ready?


Jill’s October 2018 Goals:

  • Start writing Christmas novella
  • Line-edit and polish February novella
  • Final edits, His Wyoming Baby Blessing, Wyoming Cowboys Book 4
  • Put Sugarplums and Second Chances up for preorder (previously released novella)
  • Submit two freelance projects
  • Health: Work out M-F at 8am to exercise DVDs, log calories, stay within range.

How did I do?

  • Start writing Christmas novella? Yes. But only by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin. I got about 2500 words in. It counts! Check.
  • Line edit and polish February novella? Check.
  • Final edits for His Wyoming Baby Blessing?  Check.
  • Put Sugarplums and Second Chances up for preorder? Check.
  • Submit two freelance projects? I only submitted one. No check.
  • Health: Yes, I actually stuck to it! Woohoo!! CHECK!!

Jill’s November 2018 Goals:

  • Draft rest of Christmas novella and revise it for plot issues.
  • Finish up marketing and promo for various projects.
  • Submit one freelance project.
  • Health: Work out M-F at 8am, log calories, stay within calorie range.

How did you do with your October goals? Do you want to set new ones? Please share in the comments.

Be realistic about this month with Thanksgiving and the Christmas season soon approaching!

Best wishes to you!

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,

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  1. Great job on all those checks, Jill!

    My October:
    Writing –
    Finish editing the chapters I have already completed.
    * I got about halfway, which, looking back, was as much as I should have aimed for. I’m happy with this progress.
    Brainstorm the finale.
    * Not as much as I’d like, but I’m happy that I got several notes jotted down on Post-Its.
    Start creating a proposal.
    * Nope. But I’ll tackle this while my beta readers are reading the story, in a couple of months (hopefully).
    Reading –
    At least five books.
    * I got 12 books read, a couple of which were short books of the Bible. But they still count. Very happy with this!

    My November:
    Writing –
    I’m doing NaNoWriMo, but I’m rebelling by editing rather than writing from scratch. So: finish edits on my WIP and write that finale. (This may get put on hold or back burner if an edit job comes up, which is a high probability.)
    Editing –
    If that edit job comes up: Half the job in November.
    Reading –
    Six to eight books.

    1. Great job, Andrea!!
      I find editing/revising my projects to be so much easier to convince myself to do! Does that make sense? Sitting down to a blank page kills me. I love writing–but I don’t always love it when I’m doing it. 🙂

      I love the idea of jotting ideas on Post-Its! So smart! You’ll get the finale done! Whee!
      Enjoy your November!

      1. See, that’s why I love the writing community. We each have our own processes and areas in which we shine. I actually thrive best on the first draft, which is for me the most creative part of the process. It’s my original discovery phase, and that brings me great joy, like unwrapping a Christmas or birthday present for the first time. This current project is the first manuscript, though, for which I’ve gained a fresh enjoyment for the editing phase of writing. I’m still not jumping out of bed eager to work on that difficult process, but I’m getting closer to that, I think.

        1. I agree, Andrea! I love hearing about other writer’s processes. Some love drafting, some love revising, and I think everyone loves FINISHING! 🙂 Crafting a story is hard work. It’s normal to shy away from tackling it, but perseverance pays off!

      2. I think my previous comment disappeared, but if two show up, please delete one. Technology is not always my best buddy.

        I love the writing community because we each have our own process that helps us shine. For you, editing is what makes you tick. For me, it’s that first draft. I love that discovery phase when the story comes alive. Editing, to me, is simply altering what I’ve already discovered, and that isn’t easy or fun for me, though I must say this latest project has helped me enjoy editing more. I’m still not exactly thrilled with editing, but I’m learning more each day to better appreciate it.

  2. I have one goal for November: to get through it. Seriously.
    I’ve had to say “No No Nano.” I have two huge writing issues looming. One, I have to revise the story I took to ACFW and shopped around. Two agents asked to see it, but I already know it needs work so I have to do that. And my current publisher asked how I was doing on the sequel to my contracted book, hint hint. The book is done but I have to go through it one more time before I submit. AND the writing schedule I adopted after ACFW lasted maybe one day. I need to treat myself like a professional and not bow to everybody else’s schedules. That said, there will be no novellas in November, no guest blogs, no hauling out old books to see if I can tweak them, no plotting of new work, no research unless it’s related to the WIP or the sequel, and as we said in the 60s, “no papers, no incense, no bells, no beads.” No new goals for health, I’ve trained myself not to pig out at Thanksgiving or over Christmas cookies, so that will have to do for now. Jill, thanks for keeping us on track.

    1. No, No, Nano! Haha!! That made me laugh!

      Okay. I struggle with the “extra” stuff, too. It sounds like you’d be well-served to go through the sequel one more time and submit it. Then it’s out of your life for a little bit. After that, get to revising the book the agents requested. Just hack away at it little by little, and before you know it, it will be done.

      I’m for sure pigging out at Thanksgiving AND on Christmas cookies! I’m not even pretending I won’t! Haha!!

      Go get ’em, Kathy! You can do this!

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