Halfway There Yet?

Can you point to progress you’re making?

by Andy Scheer

How are you coming on your work-in-progress? On your goals for the year?

With the weekend and the holiday, I just took three days off from my day job. Likely you did too. I hope the break did you good.

As we begin of the year’s second half, I find it a good time to review where I stand in key areas.

In some I’m progressing well, in others I’m holding my own. In yet others … maybe it’s time for a fresh start.

I find specific goals help: project deadlines, daily word or page counts, future events on a calendar, and items on a to-do list.

I’m writing this about a day behind my usual schedule. But with that schedule, I could see I needed to sit down and write. So between dinner and washing the dishes, that’s what I did.

For the rest of this calendar year, I still have many unfinished tasks. But I can do them only one day at a time. So on this Wedsday, I’ll do my best to meet my editing quota for a novel that’s due at the end of the month. Then circumstances permitting, the same on Thursday. As of last Friday I’d finished 76 of 396 pages. I’m far from done, but I’m making progress—one word at a time.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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