My #WritersLife Goals

Ciao, amici! It’s been two weeks. I was too swamped with work and family issues to even draft a fast post last week. Sorry about that.

I’m sure you’re expecting big news. So, here it is:

Good News

I finished my massive (over 200,000-word) edit. That in and of itself is cause to celebrate. In the past month, I’ve done several edits, and the two largest of my career back-to-back (the other was over 150,000 words). Tomorrow (today as you read this), I start writing again. I hope I can switch modes quickly.

Also, I celebrated Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday with loved ones, so that was a nice change from the usual all-work-and-no-play-makes-Staci-a-dull-girl grind of the week.

Bad News

Work just got a lot crazier. That means I’m going to have even less time to write. My ideas for writing as “me” in addition to writing as D.L. Cross are going to be delayed for a bit. I know I won’t have a release this year (barring a miracle or tragedy), but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped thinking about a project. I have a couple in mind, actually.

Also, there was a family health issue that needed to be addressed. That cost me time, not that I’d ever complain about it. Family first, always, and family needed me. There are some tiny complications (which is bad), but the long-term prognosis for him is excellent, which is good. (I’d have put this above, but I hadn’t shared the bad part yet.)


  • Lots of editing.
  • No writing.
  • Family health issue, but it seems to be managed now.
  • Celebrated Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday.

Goals for the Week

  • Finish revision of book one of new trilogy (to be written under my pen name).
  • Complete draft of an email/marketing sequence.
  • At least begin outlines to accompany the concepts for books two and three.
  • Assist a co-worker with her 40-beat outline for her new book.

Note: Realistically, I know getting all that done is nearly impossible, but we need to shoot for the stars to get to the moon.

So, those are last week’s results and this week’s goals. Fingers crossed! Feel free to leave your results and goals below.


Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at

34 thoughts on “My #WritersLife Goals

    1. Aw. Thanks so much, Mark. That’s so kind of you to say and means a lot to me. Life does get in the way. I’m glad I’m finally starting to better navigate those turbulent waters. Wishing you calm seas!

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    1. You have no idea how happy I’d be for a clone. Or twelve. The next six months or so are going to be brutal, but then things should even out. Or I’ll be in a mental ward; could go either way.

      Thanks for the kind words about my family. It was quite a relief for all of us. ❀

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  1. Hi, Staci. One statement you made rings true with us all and that is Family Comes First! No matter the sacrifice. Congrats on finishing the massive edit. I can’t even imagine having the fortitude to accomplish that! My hat’s off to you. I’ve finished with the editing and formatting of two new short stories and uploaded them to KDP for release on Sunday, the 27th. So, be watching for those! They are part of a short story contest. Thanks for the update!!

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  2. Glad you got a good prognosis on the health issues. Worry is torture. And congrats on all the editing. Your D.L. Cross books are still coming out this year, aren’t they? The new series is something else? I hope. I was interested in your friend coming up with 40 beats for her book. I use 40 plot points, too. Good luck with your goals. You have a lot going on right now.

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    1. Yes, it’s so nice to have this health concern behind us. Thanks.

      The 200,000K+ word edit was for a client. I’m not sure what his release date is. MY release date for the Astral Conspiracy series is in a few weeks! (I suppose I should start talking about that.) So, yes, the wait is almost over. And thanks so much for asking.

      Oh, and the 40-beat structure? I don’t know who initially invented it, but my friend is working from Bonnie Johnston’s template. Bonnie is a genius. I love working with her. If you ever see a book by her or her name attached to something, you can be sure it’s brilliant.


    1. I’d have LOVED to have had longer with that book. But we’re already up against the deadline for that project. I think it turned out well, though.

      Thanks for all the kind words, Jacqui. About the work but especially about my family. Much appreciated.


  3. I rejoice with you on the good news, especially the positive prognosis. I cannot imagine the challenge of editing a 200,000-word manuscript. Good for you! I will be anxious to read the final product. Take care of yourself and know that we are all here for you.

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    1. Oh, it wasn’t my work that I was editing. It was for a client. (I can write long, but I don’t expect I’ll ever write anything THAT long.)

      Thanks for the kind thoughts and words, Karen. My family and I appreciate it.


      1. I’d love to have 200,000 words of my own stuff revised and ready to publish right now. Wait. Actually, I kind of do. I’m not sure if the editor is giving my series back to me for a final look or if it’s just ready to go now. Either way (writing or editing), it’s nice to have that project done. On to the next one!

        Thanks, Karen.


  4. Great news on the family health issue. I have to wonder who writes 200,000 words (I’m assuming it is one tome.) That would be cause for celebration to get over that hump. You have set an aggressive set of goals. Good luck in reaching them. 😊

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    1. It was one single project. He got over 80,000 words in and scrapped the whole thing and started over. From beginning to end, this work has been a beast to slay for all involved.

      Thanks for the kind wishes, John.

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  5. Good news about your family, Staci – they always come first. That’s some heavy editing you’ve been doing! Cross-eyed yet? You’ve inspired me to make weekly goals – they help get me in gear.

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    1. I’ll admit, I am a little cross-eyed. It was a rough few weeks, especially with family issues on top of it all. Thanks for the kind wishes. And YAY to inspiring you to have a goals list. I hope it helps you!

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  6. First of all, great news about your family member’s prognosis. I’m with you. Family first. Love that you’re listing your goals. Cheering you on to reach the moon this week.

    I’m on “staycation” this week which means I have more time to write or edit. Yesterday, I was sort of a bum, but that’s okay. Plan to get back to my WIP today. I’ve also started keeping up with my word count. I don’t think I’ll top last years but plan to finish the latter half of the year strong.

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    1. Thanks, Joan. I appreciate the concern. He is on the mend, so it’s all I can ask.

      I spent all that time creating that work-tracking spreadsheet, then I forgot to use it. Maybe I’ll just save it for July 1. Or January 1. lol

      Enjoy your staycation. And best of luck with the WIP!

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    1. Yeah, I do have volume! I think the next six months will be crazy, then I hope to see things slow down. If I learned nothing else this year, it’s that if I have to get through something, I can get through it. So, I know I’ll get through these next six months. It might not be pleasant, but I’ll get it all done. Thanks, Craig.

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  7. Congrats on your editing accomplishments! Sorry about the complications, but glad to hear the prognosis is good. Have a good week, Staci πŸ™‚

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