It is possible to get the first draft done (or the second, the third…even the eighteenth). It’s possible to get an agent, a book contract.
All of these, and many others, are possible to achieve. But they are not easy. They take work.
And we’ve all heard that before.
But something has to happen before the work, before we put the thought, labor and effort into getting what we want.
For me, achieving anything I want requires setting a goal. The goal provides the focus for my efforts. The goal gives me the target to refocus on when I drift off course or stop completely.
At an ACFW conference a few years ago, Debbie Macomber challenged us to set five goals for our writing careers. Here are mine:
- Write full time
- Have my first novel, Journey to Riverbend, published
- Sign a multibook contract
- Publish contemporary as well as historical fiction
- Teach at workshops and conferences
These goals all have one thing in common. They are specific. I know when I’ve accomplished them.
I’m either writing full time or I’m not.
My novel is published or it’s not.
When we’re setting goals whether for our writing or our non-writing careers, we need to be as concrete as possible. “I’m going to write a book someday” is not a goal. It’s a wish.
Next week, we’ll look at identifying the steps to achieve our goals.
How about you? What goals have you set for your writing? Your non-writing career? Your life?