Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Reflections - 2010-08-22

Sunday, August 22

Hello everyone. Sorry for the big gap in my posts. I am re-evaluating the way I work my blog. I know that I am not going to be able to dedicate time every day to this project. I would like to but it seems to evade me.

Thus, this is a time to reflect on my goals for this blog. What I would like to do is to be informative and maybe post items that would interest others. I also would like to continue contributing to my writer’s ideas.

I want everything placed in my blog to be useful in the arena of writing. I hope that some of my ideas would benefit someone down the road. For instance, re-evaluating one’s goals is something every writer needs to do. I wished I had some pearls of wisdom on this subject, but alas, I do not.

At a resent program at a local writer’s program, the speaker said that it is good for someone to sit down and review past goals and then re-evaluate them as well as update them. To me, that means that I need to mark the goals I have completed and pick out more goals to work on.

Don’t forget to break down those large goals into manageable bites. Something I started last month that helped me keep my spirits up was to start writing down what I accomplished during the day. When I feel like I have not done anything, I look at this list and it tells me how much I have done. Granted, on some days, that particular list is small, but on most days, it turns out to be quite long.

It feels great to chip away at those goals even though it is one bite at a time. I know I wrote about it in an earlier post, but I met one goal that took me 25 years to complete. That goal was completing a first draft to my novel.

Once that was complete, I looked over the manuscript and started writing down what editing I need to do. The book was written in separate scenes. So, in my month to do list, I built a list of “to do’s” for doing the second draft. Since I have 111 scenes in this novel, I have 111 to do items – one for each scene. Yes, I may complete anywhere from one to eight scenes a day.

When I complete a goal, I change the goal’s text color to blue and add the date I completed the goal. So, when I look at that particular list I can see the progress I made. This seems to give me the inspiration to keep moving.

Now, I can tell you that my to do list is quite long because I have other things on it besides my book “to do’s.” How long? You say. Let me see; as of this morning, 768 items listed on my to do list for this month. How many have I completed? 71 of them so far.

As for my goal for this blog, I believe I can keep up with three posts a week. If I run into a topic that I need to expound on, then I may add an extra post every now and then.

How do you plan out your goals? Let me know. Have a nice day.

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