Okay, you’re thinking, “how cliché…”
But please take it from me, a hard-core goal-free writer, setting goals really works!!
I know, from tons of reading, listening to successful people, and a good deal of personal experimentation with the topic, that HOW we set our goals determines if we’ll be successful with them or not.
What are your writing goals for this week? Will you spend 15 minutes a day for 5 days at your writing? 10 minutes for six days? How about 5 minutes EVERY day? Whatever you decide, DO IT!
What are your writing goals for the quarter?
Will you complete one 500 word article? Will you edit it and then send it out this quarter? Will you research 3 agents, write a query to them about your book – AND send it out?
What is your writing goal for the year?
To complete, edit and sell one short story? To complete your novel and get it to an editor? To publish your collection of poems before Christmas 2014? To write a letter to your parents or children that you’ve put off forever?
The goals need to be right for you.
They need to be something you can visualize yourself accomplishing! As my friend Sharon Buck points out, even the Bible tells us to “write it down on a tablet”, so commit your highest level goals to paper and post them in your office, or in your bathroom, or wherever you’ll see it many, many times.
Visualize the Goal Accomplished
Can you see yourself making these things happen? I hope so – because there is tremendous energy in actually being able to see yourself already having accomplished your goal! Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup fame) tells about how they had NO idea how to do what they dreamed of, but they made up a picture of their book cover with the words BEST SELLER on it and then taped them EVERYWHERE throughout their homes and office. Their results were then – and remain today – amazing!
And thanks to the readers who emailed their “Why I Write” comments – the large majority told me that they write because they must – they just aren’t all that happy or peaceful if they don’t do it. A few said they write for the money; one said she writes to see her name on the cover of her books. I’m lucky!! I write because I truly love to write, and I get to make money, too. And, it’s always great fun to see my name on something I’ve written. So hats off, fellow scribes!! I salute ALL of your reasons!!
Now that you know why you are writing, set your goals. And you’re welcome to share them with us if you’d like to leave a comment – or drop me an email. Remember, we grow by sharing!!
Keep reading and writing! Nancy Q.