QUICK FIX: Aim higher this year
(Writers’ Forum January, 2009)
It’s always a good idea to aim high with your writing and there’s nothing better than having lots of ideas. The problem arises when you don’t know what to do next or how to reach where you want to be. The way to deal with this is to identify your aims and make a list of goals to get you there.
Look at your goals as the rungs on a ladder, each one being a step closer to your aim which is at the top. Self motivation is as important to a writer as creativity and one cannot work without the other. However, it’s important to make your goals achievable, otherwise you won’t feel you have progressed. One step at a time will get you there in the end.
• Write down where you would like to be with your writing in one year’s time.
• Identify what you would like to achieve over the next month.
•Make a list of what you are planning to do over the coming week.
• Set yourself daily goals – this will ensure you accomplish something each day, however large or small.
• Write a small reward beside each goal and treat yourself when you achieve it – this will give you an added incentive.
• At the end of the week, month or even year, review your list of goals. Which did you achieve? If some were not achieved ask yourself why. Then either move these goals onwards, adapting as necessary or decide they are no longer relevant.
Remember – one step at a time.