October Goals

The most important goal for October is getting ready for nanowrimo. There’s a lot to do if I’m going to pull this off. I’m off to a good start.

First, I had to pick a genre. Ideally, I would have chosen literary fiction, but who am I kidding?  I chose Chick it.  What I have in mind is not technically chick lit.  I’m not hip enough for real chick lit.  But, it’s definitely for chicks.

Then I had to come up with a story. Done. Next, character names and back stories. Check. I know where I want to start and what happens in the end. I have several “scenes” that have to take place. Now I have to fill in the details.

Sounds promising, huh? Well, it’s not. Things are likely to change drastically in the writing. I’ve heard of people doing all the necessary planning and then writing something completely different. I can see how that would be easy to do. I’ve started many a blog post with an idea in mind and ended up going in an entirely new direction.

Anyhoo, assuming that I will be sticking with my original concept, I need your help. I need a playlist. Writing and music just go together for me. Basically, I need break-up songs, love songs (not sappy ones, more like we’re all wrong for each other but I don’t care), or anything somewhat depressing and melodramatic.  I have a few picked out already and I’ll share them so you can have an idea of what I’m looking for.

Adele “Someone Like You” “Turning Tables” and “Take It All”
Kelly Clarkson “Already Gone” “Because of You”
Hoobastank “The Reason”
Green Day “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals “Colors”
Howie Day ‘collide”
The Fray “You Found Me”
Otis Redding Absolutely anything by Otis Redding because he’s Otis Redding

I think you get the idea. Maybe I should just hit up some old episodes of Dawson’s Creek.

Poor Dawson. Sorry, but Joey did the right thing. Team Pacey!

The next thing I need to do is write something every day. Writing is a habit. Unfortunately, it’s one of those rare habits that’s easy to break, kind of like attending church. Intentions are the best, but it’s too easy to sleep in, go shopping (fishing, golfing, etc.) or read a book. To motivate me in this goal, I’m tying it into another goal for October.

Once upon a time, I was getting 5,000 hits a month on this blog. That has not happened in some time. So, I want to hit 5,000 views for the month of October. Yes, I know it’s not about the numbers, stats don’t matter, I write for me, blah, blah, blah. But sometimes, I want to know I’m not talking to myself. I need the encouragement, to know people care about what I have to say. Sometimes, the “journey” isn’t what’s important, but cold, hard RESULTS. (BTW, anyone else hate the word “journey” as much as I do? It’s a perfectly good word that has been ruined by the inanity of reality television. See here.)

To achieve the 5,ooo goal, I’m going to start posting more.  I think it’ll help in November. On the other hand, it might backfire horribly. I may run out of things to say by then.


Sorry, the absurdity of that statement was too much to take with a straight face.


So, help me out.  What songs make you cry?  What songs do you listen to when you want to relive the melodramatic, hormone crazed days of high school?  What did you listen to in college when you were going through your identity crisis and you still had lofty ideals?

This should be interesting.  Inspire me!


28 thoughts on “October Goals

  1. Florence and the Machine – Howl

    Good luck getting ready for NaNoWriMo! I’m doing the post-a-day challenge this month on one of my blogs to get into the habit of writing daily. But it sounds like you’re pretty well-prepared already! 🙂

    • Thanks, Amber. I’m as prepared as I’m going to get. Honestly, this may be the most prepared I’ve been for anything, ever. Hope all goes well with you!

    • Ooooh there is this amazing cover by Kurt Schneider of “I will follow you into the dark” that almost made me cry. Look for that one on YouTube too! It’s really good.

        • Let me enlighten you then :).
          HIM – Killing Loneliness

          HIM – (Rip Out) The Wings of a Butterfly (probably my favourite song)

          and one acoustic version of their most popular song that even made it into normal radio and in wich Ville Valo (the singer) looks sinfully sexy even though his singing is slightly off *fangirl squees*
          HIM – Join me

          Hope the links work! And tell me what you think :).

          • I think this is a little darker/more depressing than I’m looking for. I can remember a time when it would have resonated, though. Thanks for sharing!

    • I love that you are “Team Pacey.” Most people I know were Dawson lovers. I don’t get it. Thanks for the songs. Really, how could I forget Death Cab for Cutie? Do they write any happy songs? Even if they do, Ben Gibbard’s voice will make it sound sad.

      • I have never liked Dawson. The whole sole mates/best friends thing was always messed up. Plus Joshua Jackson is hot!

        I also spent the summer listening to Bon Iver! Some great songs there!

  2. Good luck with NaNoWriMo…
    I can’t think of the sorts of songs you want, at the moment. If I do, they’ll be with me all day, on loop, as self-playing earworms…

    • That wouldn’t be good. I imagine listening to those types of song all day will make me one emotional/depressed woman. November is going to be a real treat for my family.

  3. I’m so happy that you’re doing NaNoWriMo! Okay. Depressing and melodramatic love/breakup songs. My Chemical Romance both “This Is How I Disappear” and “Cemetery Drive”, Sixx A.M. “Deadlihood”, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers “Green and Dumb”, Disturbed “Stricken”, Elvis Costello “Battered Old Bird”, Foo Fighters “I Should Have Known”, Holly Cole’s version of “Calling You”, Live “I Alone”. . .I have a million. You want a mix tape? Email me if you do.

    • JM, somehow I knew you’d come through. Sadly, I’ve never gotten a mixed tape before. I always thought if I got one it would be from a guy. Oh well, I’d love a mixed tape from you! I will be emailing you!

  4. Don’t know what NaNoWriMo is all about, but I do enjoy reading your blog. So, I’ll do my best to give you a daily hit!!!

    Take Care and good writing!

  5. Too many songs on that list for me to be making suggestions. Plus, if I do start I won’t know where to stop . . .
    Am in awe of your planning for the nanowrimo – think I have signed up, I must check, and good luck with re-fattening the stats. 5,000 a month!!! I’m impressed!

    • You think you’ve signed up? You crack me up. I need all the suggestions I can get. Those songs I listed won’t even take an hour to listen to all the way through.

  6. Hmm… When I was going through finding an identity I listened to a lot of HIM. You know, that finnish goth band? Terribly sad and depressing songs. But I don’t quite know if you’d listen to that so my suggestion is Maria Mena – Just hold me.

  7. I was so looking forward to NaNoWriMo but sadly it clashes with my exam schedule so had to back out 😦
    Hope you have a good outing though.

    And songs, lets see..
    Set fire to the rain – Adele
    Without You – Hinder
    No Curtain Call – Maroon 5
    Again – Bruno Mars

    • I’m sorry to hear that, Sami. Honestly, I think November is a terrible month for this kind of thing. The only worse one would be December and maybe May. Too much going on! Thanks for the suggestions and good wishes.

  8. A big secret: Part of me hates the idea of the write a novel in a month thing. I know! I’m sorry! I just feel awkward about it. BUT, I’m willing to give you my very best writing songs. The most important thing you must do is write with headphones on, by the way. But all of these songs make me feel something; I can’t write any scene without listening to music, even if it’s just a simple set up scene that gets you from point A to point B. I’ll put asterisks next to the ones that I save for seriously meaty scenes.

    Arcade Fire: “We Used to Wait,” “Wake Up,” “Keep the Car Running.”
    Ben Folds: “Still Fighting It,”*** “Landed,” “Missing the War.”
    Blue Foundation: “Eyes on Fire”
    Cinematic Orchestra: “To Build a Home”
    Coldplay: “A Message”***, “Politik,” “A Rush of Blood to the Head”
    David Roth: “Skin and Bones”***
    Death Cab: “I Will Possess Your Heart”***, “Title and Registration,” “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”
    DeVotchKa: “How it Ends”***
    Florence + the Machine: “Cosmic Love,” “Heavy in Your Arms”***
    Guster: “Ruby Falls,” “Rainy Day”
    Jump, Little Children “Say Goodnight”***
    Michael Stipe and Chris Martin: “In the Sun”***
    Rilo Kiley: “Silver Lining” “Does He Love You?”
    Sara Bareilles “Gravity”***
    Stars “Your Ex-Lover is Dead”***
    Wolfmother “Vagabond”

    There’s also the requisite Adele on my playlist and another 100 songs, but these are the ones I didn’t see other people comment on and they’re the ones I think might help best.

    • Part of me hates the write a novel in a month thing, too. The “real” writer part. But I think it will help me get over a hurdle–the fear that what I’m writing isn’t any good. The part of me that’s scared to death of humiliation. The nano project is not my “Magnum Opus.” It’s my “see, you wrote a novel that didn’t entirely suck. Now, get to work on the one you know you want to write and write well.” Does that make sense?

      Anyway, thank you so much for the songs.

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