Happy New Year, blog readers…both of you. 🙂
Yes, I realize I’m a few days late, but that seems to be the story of my life lately. My tree and holiday decorations are usually boxed and stored back in the attic by January 2, but alas, my tree lights are still shining in the corner of my living room. It’ll come down this weekend.
What are your goals for 2007? I don’t like to use the word resolutions because those have a way of falling to the wayside before the month is over. Need help setting and achieving realistic goals? Keep reading for an article I wrote for my writing zone’s newsletter. Sandra, newsletter editor extraordinaire, gave me permission to repost the letter on my blog. Enjoy!
Ready, Set, GOAL
Setting and Achieving Realistic Writing Goals
The steps outlined below can help you set realistic writing goals:
**Pray—ask God to reveal what realistic goals you should set for your writing and ask Him to help you to become disciplined in maintaining those goals.
**Determine your priority—what is your biggest issue? Overcoming many issues at one time leads to setting yourself up for failure or making you feel overwhelmed. Decide what the determining factor in achieving your goal is. Map out steps to help you achieve this.
**Determine why you want this goal—make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you’re doing it for someone else, you may be bringing on unnecessary guilt if you don’t live up to that person’s expectations.
**Determine the possible results—what do you wish to achieve? How can you strive to obtain this accomplishment?
**Determine which writing organizations and services can help you obtain your goal—writer’s organizations like ACFW are valuable resources for writers. Other assets include crafting books, attending conferences, writing classes, networking, and fellowshipping with other writers.
**Determine whose help you can enlist to help you achieve your goal—accountability is a great motivator for writers. Enlist a fellow writer to help you break through those writer’s blocks, think out those plot points, bounce off ideas, and exchange chapters for feedback.