I have to admit, I don’t do goals. I am a product of my fathers incessant and sometimes manic goal setting. Everything we did as a family, and individual revolved around goals. So what did I do? As a teenager I rebelled (of course I did, what teenager doesn’t rebel in some form). But my father’s incessant need to set goals left a lasting impression. And I’m sad to say it wasn’t a good lasting impression.
However, now that I have grown up. And realized that the world doesn’t lay at my feet, but that I have to go out and make a life for myself I understand the need for goals. (Dammit, the old man was right. Don’t tell him.)
If I care enough about accomplishing being a writer than I need to set some goals. Arrrggghhhhh
So where do I start? And why is it important?
Okay you start with where you currently are. For me I have my first novel written. I want it published more than anything. So what do I need to do to make that happen? Okay make a list of all that needs to happen in order to make that happen. This is setting goals. My short-term goals would be:
1. professional edits
2. critic group
5. beta readers
6. set a release date
My long-term goal would be to be a career author meaning an author full-time. I would like to see that happen with in the next couple of years. And in order for that to happen I need to write, write, write. And learn my craft so that I am a better writer.
My father would be so proud.
Sometimes as an author you feel isolated and that being published will never happen. But go back to your goals and work on the one next thing that is on the goal list. Small baby steps.
Hope this helped. Let me know if you wan to hear about anything important to you.
Keep your pens up, and write, write, write. — Christie