Morrill’s Monday Morning Mashup – 1/9/12


creative combination
or mixing of content
from different sources.

We are into the second week of 2012. How’s it going with the goals you set for 2012? Or, are you like me — still in holiday mode, with an elusive cloud of possible goals floating around in your head?

This post on Bob Mayer’s blog, Write It Forward gives a broad overview of goal-setting, though it’s primarily an introduction to his book:

A detailed “how-to” on setting goals appears on the blog,

So, here is my strategic goal:
I would like to have Broken Dolls published by a major, traditional press by 2013.

Here is a long-term goal:
I will have edits completed by June 30, 2012.

Here are a couple of short-term goals to work toward my long-term goal:
1) I will work at least two hours per day, five days per week, in my Internet-free zone.
2) I will send 15-25 edited pages to my editor each week.

What are your goals for 2012? Did they change after reading these posts?

This New York Times post, “Why Authors Tweet,” discusses why many authors tweet and why some don’t. It’s a subject many of my writer friends and I have debated. Author Jennifer Gilmore states: “On Twitter, I have a sense that people — those you know and those you don’t — read your work in a way I have not always felt in the world.”

However, Jeffrey Eugenides says that tweeting and other social media is “toxic to the kind of concentration fiction writing requires.”

And therein lies our dilemma, fellow writers. Do you tweet? If so, leave your tweet handle in a comment and I’ll follow you. I can always use a new challenge in balancing my social media time with my writing time. (Refer back to my short-term goal #1.)

There are certain words which by their nature, arise often in my writing. A few that I can think of off the top of  my head are talk, walk, smile and look. posted 75 synonyms for “talk.” That’s right, 75!

And of course, is always an excellent source of finding alternatives for oft-used words. Here’s the link for “look”:


When I’m writing, I’m listening. — Madeleine L’Engle

Now that I’ve completed my Mashup, I’m off to “listen” in my Internet-free zone. See you next week!

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4 Responses to Morrill’s Monday Morning Mashup – 1/9/12

  1. Susie Lindau says:

    Great mash-up! Thanks for sharing these links!


  2. So far I've kept from tweeting. I'm easily distracted by the internet in general–e-mail, Facebook, social media of all kinds. One of my resolutions is to better unplug from the internet so I can focus on writing. My vision keeps me from texting or using a smart phone at all. In a way, I'm fine with thaat. I remember a song by Sting from the 80s. A line went "I will see your face turn alabaster when you find your servant is your master." I think of it often when I see people engrossed in their smart phones.


  3. That is a much better way of laying out goals—I try to do the same. In my moleskine planner I always have a goal written for the month, and then one on top of every week so that I can’t help seeing it everyday. Big accomplishments arise out of countless tiny ones.And I definitely tweet! I held out for a long time because I prefer to be the hermit sort of writer, but I’m find the community and support of having a network of writers, as well as the advice and insight of publishing professionals is definitely worth it.


  4. Jan Morrill says:

    @Susie Lindau – Thanks! Hope the links help.@Jim Fairbanks – That's a good resolution. One of mine is to have one day a week where I unplug from the Internet and my iPhone – all day. We'll see how that goes!@Lauren Alissa Hunter – Thank you for stopping by and sharing how you lay out your goals. I agree, big accomplishments arise out of countless tiny ones! Looking forward to tweeting!


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