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“What is Your Goal This Year”

Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Double rainbow seen on the way to Santa Fe

Double rainbow seen on the way to Santa Fe

I’m posting this article by C. Hope Clark. I subscribe to her newsletter at FundsforWriters.com – and y’all might like it. This particular article has blown off my socks. Thank you, Hope Clark, from Barbara Mayfield.

“WHAT IS YOUR GOAL THIS YEAR?

Nope, this is not another New Year’s resolution piece.
I simply want you to define, in one sentence, what you
hope to accomplish in 2012 . . . with your writing.

Sounds simple, but many writers can’t do this. They
actually fight it. Focusing on writing might mean they’re
accountable, when many writers want the freedom of no
deadlines or parameters. After all, isn’t that the definition
of an artist? Complete freedom of expression?

The problem is, most people cannot function when they have
no limitations. How do they know when to do something?
When is it due, or late, or accomplished? Then others make
lists, spreadsheets and notes on calendars. Benchmarks and
tallies. And that’s as far as they get.

Pick one project that will represent you well in 2012.
Then center your world around it.

Let’s say . . . write a novel.

When you’re enticed to enter a contest, don’t do it, unless
it’s for a novel. When you see a retreat, don’t go, unless
you go to write the novel. When you attend a conference,
only go to further your novel. When you see a Chicken Soup
that catches your fancy, only do it if you’ve already worked
on your novel for the day.

Nothing gets done unless it’s affiliated with the novel.

What if you write magazine articles?

Quit reading about self-publishing. Quit puttering with
short stories. Put aside the poetry. You are a magazine
writer. It’s what you breathe each day. You have magazine
editors on your Twitter account, and scout for them to
mention their needs. You read magazine blogs leaving
comments in hopes of being recognized by the editor.
You pitch to print, online and blog editors, trying to
break in from any angle.

Focus and diligence. We hear it all the time. But all too
often it’s only after we drop in the bed and take note
of our day, that we realize we let it slip by. We didn’t
touch the novel. We didn’t find a new magazine market.

But we’re multifaceted creatures. Fine. Just keep your
priorities. Don’t play and dabble in other writing until
after you’ve worked. Your 2012 project is your job.

Build a fire under your 2012 project. It’s the only
thing on your horizon. It’s difficult, but if practiced,
by the end of the year, you’ve become an expert and
accomplished enough to be proud of.

Define your 2012 goal. Then use it to define yourself.
Hope”

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