Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Goals, yuk

When did I stop with the New Years resolutions? About the same time I stopped making goals. Unless I'm passionate about something, I rarely stick to it. Will, I'm passionate about not spending another five years finishing my two manuscripts. I took the Row-80 pledge. It can be any goal that is doable to you. It's designed to give the writer an excuse to write and have a life too. My goal is to work thirty minutes every day on one of my MSs. I can knock out, say, five hundred words a day if all I'm doing is writing. But there's much more to writing than writing, isn't there? There's the rewrite, the editing, the cutting, the proofing, the research. Yes, research is part of the process as well. Then there's the sweating, the frustration, the blocks, anxiety, fear, and just plain craziness. This part doesn't need a goal, it just comes naturally.

But I really, really just want to get to the end as fast as possible, but at my own pace. Does that make sense? I think I'm just going to write, write, write. If I see I'm making good progress, that's all the incentive I need. You know, if you're busy writing, you're not looking at the clock anyway and thirty-minutes stretches into forty, then an hour . . . it's limitless. Now, if I could only achieve the weight loss like this.

What about you? Are you goal makers, or do you feel you have the discipline to stay with it without goals and actually make progress. The world is full of both.

See ya next time
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  1. I also set time goals rather than word count. Sounds like you've set yourself a good goal. Best of luck!

  2. I had to laugh at your title and most of the time, I agree with that feeling. That said, I am a goal why the attitude? Cause I am a flake. ;)

    Love you goal. It adds up and that's what counts.

  3. You're not a flake if you make goals. You are sensible and organized. I love goal makers, my husband is one, though his goals tend to put a dent in some of the things I would like, like to retire before I die.

  4. I can't say that I'm a goal-maker, but I do like having things that I aim for. In this case, I'm with you on the 30-minutes a day bit. And you're right. We can do this.