If we don’t know where we want to be in a year, five years: how do we know which plans to make, which paths to start down?
I’ve done that in my writing. I used to start writing and go down a path that comes to a dead end. I had no plan, plot for my story. I wrote myself into a hole, with no way out and then I’d have to delete and begin again. I had more stories without endings than I could count. I needed a plan, a goal.
Now I use a modified version of writing “by-seat-of –the-pants”. This means that I have an idea for a beginning, an end, and several scenes in the middle, but I don’t have everything planned out. As I write, it’s as if I’m watching a movie in my head and just writing what I see. The characters say and do what they want; it’s their story, not mine.
Goals are important, because they help us get started on the right path.
So today, I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2015. Here are my ideas so far:
1. Finish editing the Tirwine by the January 15.
2. Submit it to a professional editor by January 31.
3. Publish the Tirwine by the end of April.
4. Complete rough draft of the second book by spring.
5. Finish rough draft of a different series by the end of the year.
It seems strange, but I feel comfortable with my goals for next year.
Do you have goals for next year? If you do, please share, I would love to hear them.
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