Hey – V here. I want to talk about an important part of writing – or really achieving anything. Goal Setting. Now, now, don’t whine. I know a lot of people think about goal setting as that ridiculous thing you do in the corporate world where you have to think about new, measurable ways to get through a year that is likely to be just like the last several years (if you’re lucky!) And it’s got to sound fancy – ugh! Nobody likes writing those goals.
That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about real goals, both short-term goals and long-term goals to help keep you motivated and positive. Anybody who writes knows that it’s a lonely job. It’s just you and your imagination, after all. You start talking about your stories to family and friends and more times than not their eyes glaze over.
Not only is writing lonely, but it’s hard to stay focused. There are so many other demands on your time and it can feel like an indulgence to just sit and create. And it’s hard! So we find 1 billion reasons to procrastinate. I’m as guilty as the next writer. Can you say email, Facebook, computer games, reading?
Goal Setting can help you stay on track. Especially if you write realistic goals. Unrealistic goals can derail you wicked fast! How demotivating would it be for me to have the goal of being a NY Times Bestselling Author by the end of the summer? Vivienne doesn’t even have a book out yet! I would fail and then feel bad about it, eat an unhealthy amount of ice cream and play Hotel Dash for six hours. Bad goal, BAD.
But a good goal is a measurable, achievable goal that you have written down somewhere. Writing it down is a very important part of goal setting. It’s so rewarding to cross things off your list! Also, I find that when I feel successful, I’m motivated to be more successful.
Secret Unlocked: Decide what you want to accomplish. Set a reasonable, measurable goal. Word toward achieving that goal. I want to finish my Work In Progress. My goal is to write 1000 words today. I know that I can do that. I know that I will be successful.