At this time of the year we always look back over the past and plan for the future. It's by seeing where we've been we can see where we need to go.
Writing goals from last year accomplished...none. However, there's a good reason for this. In the middle of March I signed on as intern for Wow (women on writing) and before I knew it, I was Sen. Ed. working full time. Very much a learning experience but it sucked up all my time and creative energy. I did get some really nice articles and interviews published out of the time there, met some great people and again, I learned a LOT. Most important, I learned I'm a writer at heart. It's what I am and what I need to do.
As this year fades into the next, I'm privileged to take part in Judi Moreo's Achieve Your Dreams Virtual Book Tour. Judi is a wonderful personal coach and motivational speaker. If you are serious about reaching and achieving your dreams, check out her website and get to knew her better. She has some great articles and blog posts there.
One of the things she teaches in her book is...
“Every step I take brings me closer to the realization of my dreams.”
This is such a powerful statement. I mean, think about it. Each time you take a step forward, you are getting closer to those dreams. And, if you happen to take a step backward, that's okay too because sometimes we have to go backward to go forward.
To make the most progress though, we need to have a plan or a roadmap so to speak. Just a a map has check points, so does our plan.
This year, now that I'm no longer working for Wow, my writing goals are a priority. One of the things I'm doing to keep on track is preplanning my writing week. Not only does this let me know what I need to be working on but keeps me on track so I can see how much I've accomplished or where I've fallen behind.
I'm also reading books on writing in order to learn more about the craft. Right now, I'm reading Write Tight by William Brouhaugh.
Another important thing I'm doing is to let others know about my goals. At StoryCrafters and Write Spot we have some great folks who are ready to encourage, motivate, cheer and prod as needed.
Judi's put together a journal that goes along with her book that will show you how to go about achieving those dreams and goals.
Decide what you want to accomplish during 2008 and then go for it! Here's a great post from Judi's blog on goal setting.
If you would like to take part in Judi's Achieve Your Dreams Virtual Book Tour, email me and I'll send you the details.