Setting Goals As An Aspiring Novelist, by Belinda Dorio
So, I wanted to do a post about setting goals and sticking to them – blah, blah, blah. But who am I to write about that?
I am absolutely hopeless when it comes to hitting writing targets and getting things finished. So I guess I’ll say this instead, I really think that you should write foremost for your own enjoyment. Yes, getting published is the dream and I share that with you but don’t lose sight of why you opened that first word document and started tapping away. It wasn’t the lure of spending your days in PJs with 10 cats prowling around your living room as the royalties roll in. Well, I hope it wasn’t!
You write because you love it, because throughout your day bits of dialogue will float through your mind, or you’ll spot someone on the street who looks so much like that character you thought of last week.
You write because you think you’d go insane if you didn’t and because sometimes it feels like there are twenty stories playing out in your mind at once.
A friend told me that if you write a goal down you’re that much more likely to achieve it. But I don’t do that because if I write it down and don’t do it I’ll feel even worse about myself. But if I just leave it in my head then I can’t beat myself up about it so much. It’s definitely an unproductive way to think about things, but it’s the truth.
Maybe, just maybe, I’ll write down some goals as a type of New Years resolution if you will (even though I hate them and think they’re pointless). Perhaps I’ll humour my friend and see if he’s right after all.
Don’t stress yourself. For the lucky among us life is long and filled with plenty of time to achieve our dreams. They don’t have to happen overnight.
Remember why you write, maybe jot down a goal or two and let me know if my friend’s theory is correct.
I’ll keep you posted.
Belinda Dorio’s author website: www.belindadorio.com.au
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