I gave up.
It seems the lesson here would be to set goals that are easy to attain, right?
Apparently not, at least not for me. You see, a few weeks ago I set a "reasonable" goal: something I thought slightly challenging and definitely attainable. That week I ended up meeting my goal with time to spare. And what did I do with the extra time? Get more writing done? Nope. I stopped working on my manuscript because I'd already met my goal.
So I can hit the target...but I'm far from consistent.
No math, no engineering, no science, and certainly no art. I'm at a loss....
One that's attainable with just the right amount of stretching, and no time left over at the end of the week?
"Why not do both?" asked a voice of reason. "Set an ambitious goal and a cautious one at the same time."
"I'm sure that's not permitted," I said. "The Official Delve Writing Goal-Setting Rules say to set 'a goal,' not some loosey-goosey range of goals. And I'm no rule-breaker." (Somewhere my parents are laughing hysterically at that.)
"Now hold the phone," my mentor said (he's old fashioned that way). "Delve's rules aren't so much rules as they are guidelines. Suggestions. Best bets, if you will. Go ahead and try something different, so long as it's not illegal, and doesn't endanger any ducks."
"Leave it to flexibility and the voice of reason," I muttered, feeling chagrined I hadn't thought of it myself.
"What's that you say?" asked the voice of reason and my flexible mentor in stereo.
"Just worried about my ducks," I said, not wanting them to get big heads. "But I'll give your idea a try."
So this writing week begins with two goals rather than one:
CAUTIOUS GOAL: EDIT 3 CHAPTERS
AMBITIOUS GOAL: EDIT 6 CHAPTERS
Do you think this will help me zero in on The Sweet Spot?
Or will I keep heading down the big Freeway of Failure?